Gedcom Converter

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In TNGv12 and beyond, this mod uses the new guidelines for TNG v12+ cust_text.php files
If you are using TNGv12+, and any cust_text.php file in this mod is marked with a Bad Target error, you need to update your cust_text.php files before you can install this mod. [Show instructions]

If you upgraded to TNGv12+, and did not update your cust_text.php files as instructed in the upgrade readme script, then you must use the TNG Mod Manager to update them. To do so:

  1. Go to Mod Manager, and select its "Recommended Updates" tab.
    (If the "Recommended Updates" tab is not visible, then go to the Mod Manager Options tab, select "Display Settings", and turn on the "Recommended Updates" tab.)
  2. Click the "Update" button in the "Recommended Updates" tab.
    Installed mods do not interfere with the update, and if you already have (or think you may have) run this update, it will not hurt for you to run it again.

[See details in the TNGv12 Change Impacts Article][Hide the instructions]

Gedcom Converter
Summary This mod reads a Gedcom file, modifies some tags and data, and creates a new Gedcom file. It modifies Gedcom files produced by's Family Tree Maker 2012.
Mod Updated 15 May 2018
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TNG 12.0
TNG 11.1.0
TNG 10.0
TNG 9.0
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Author(s) Robin Richmond
Homepage this page
Mod Support My Mod Support form or TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer My Mod Support form
Latest Mod v9.0.0.12a & v12.0.0.13
Min TNG V 9.0
Max TNG V at least 12.0
Files modified
Updates: admin_dataimport.php, admin_export.php, admin_secondmenu.php, admin_secondary.php, admin_leftbanner.php, admin_main.php
Installs: rrgedcomconverter_form.php, rrgedcomconverter.php,rrgedcomconverter_saveoptions.php, rrgedcomconverter_help.php, rrgedcomconverter_placeoptions.jpg, rrgedcomconverter_config-distrib.php, upload.class.php, rrgedcomconverter_tagsconfig.php
Related Mods

Purpose of the Mod

This mod implements a TNG program that makes two basic types of changes to Gedcom files:

  1. Fixes specific errors or incompatibilities in Gedcom files produced by Family Tree Maker (which it tied to, but no longer owned by These changes allow TNG to import media links, birth and death notes, and media records correctly. These changes are essentially the same as those made by a converter program hosted by Stephen Connor, which is described in the Desktop_gotchas TNG Wiki page, and in a help page on Stephan Connor's web site
  2. Makes several optional edits to Gedcom tags and event data to clean up a number of common inconsistencies. These changes can potentially be applied to any Gedcom file.

The Gedcom Converter Help File (on the mod author's TNG site) has much more detail than this article about the Gedcom Converter kickoff form and process.

Note that the Gedcom Converter programs installed by this mod do not touch the TNG database. As a result, this mod should be independent of TNG changes, and should even work for TNG version before 9.0, and indefinitely into the future.


This mod includes a subfolder that must be extracted from the downloaded zip file, and copied to your mods folder along with the .cfg file. The subfolder contains PHP files that are copied to the main TNG folder, the Extensions folder, and the English language folder. [Show Installation Details]


  • A working TNG installation.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager.
  • You should backup files listed in the panel on the right.


  1. Remove and delete previous version of this mod.
  2. Backup the files updated by this mod. They are listed in the panel at the upper right.
  3. Download the .zip file, Extract its .cfg file to the mods folder.
  4. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files.


  1. Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability
  2. Contact me through My Mod Support form.
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After installation:

First, select a Gedcom file as you would in the Gedcom Import screen - either a PC file, or a file that has been uploaded to your web server. As soon as you click on the output filename field, a default value will be displayed for you, but you can change that value. The options are described in more detail in The Gedcom Converter help file. (Depending on the version of the converter that you are using, there may be options not shown here.)
Gedcom converter-step2.png These options will take various representations of a single placename, such as "Houston, Harris, Texas", "Houston, Harris County, TX", "Houston, Harris Co, Texas, USA", and put them all in the format specified by the options.
Step 1 - From the TNG Admin home page, select Import/Export The Gedcom Converter is the first, and default, option (once the mod has been installed).
Gedcom converter-step1.png

The mod changes the Import/Export links on the TNG Administration menus to link directly to the Gedcom Converter instead of the Gedcom Import, under the assumption that you need to convert your file before you import it.

Step 2 - Part - Gedcom Converter options
Step 2 - Part 2 - Options to "Normalize" USA Places - That is, to re-format the components of a full placename into a standard format defined by these options, which will appear when the "Normalize USA Places" option is checked. (These options are added by the Place Normalization mod, which is not required.)
Gedcom converter-step3.png

The Place Normalization options are described in more detail in The Gedcom Converter help file.

Step 3. Save Options

When you click the "Save these options" button, the primary Gedcom Converter options will be saved to one configuration file, and, if the Place Normalization options are installed, they will be saved to a second configuration file.

Step 4, Run the Converter

When you click on either "Convert Gedcom" button, the converter program runs, using the specified options. It generates a list of option values (behind a button), displays record counts as it processes records, and then, depending on the options you have selected, it may offer to display lists of places that may not have been fully normalized.

Gedcom converter-step4.png

For Additional Help

The help file for the Gedcom Converter form has very detailed explanations of all of the Converter options.

Revision History

Mod Version TNG Version Date Note 12.0+ 15 May 2018 No functional changes; made compatible with TNGv12. 9.0 - 10.2.1 7 Feb 2016 No functional changed. Removed the second line of cust_text.php target location strings because of a change some distribution files for TNGv11.1.12, and moved the language strings from a standalone file to the standard cust_text.php files. 9.0 - 10.1.3 22 Feb 2016 Changed mod name. Added several Gedcom tags to the converter logic. Separated language strings, configuration variables, and code for Place Normalization into different files, which are installed by the new Place Normalization mod. 9.0-11.1.2 6 Feb 2016 Simply removed the second line of cust_text.php target location search strings because of a change in the full TNGv11.1.2 distribution. 9.0 - 10.12 6 Sep 2015 No real significant changes. Tweaked the Converter Setup form & the tabs. Admin >> Import/Export now takes you directly to the Converter form rather than the Input form. The converter now handles some Gedcom tags that FTM doesn't generate. (I use it occasionally to modify other Gedcoms.) 9.0.0 - 10.1.0 24 Jun 2015 Tweaked the options form to allow it to be viewed, but not submitted, without logging in. 9.0.0 - 10.0.3 16 Dec 2014 Removed some options that addressed my personal data entry habits. Improved the place normalization. Cleaned up code and added documentation. 9.2.2 - 10.0.2 17 Aug 2014 Fixed some strings that weren't internationalized. Added a warning to the "Compress dates" option noting that compressing dates breaks date internationalization. Modified the mod subfolder for new files so that it has the same folder structure as the TNG site. I thus added the version suffix to that subfolder. 9.2.2 - 10.0.2 25 Jul 2014 Fixed a bug in the handling of Individual TITL events. 9.2.2 - 10.0.2 30 Jun 2014 Cleanup. Improved error handling & handling of form options. The converter configuration file lists the options in (essentially) the same order as the options form. Shows more information while the converter is running. 9.2.2 - 10.0.2 25 Jun 2014 Added an option to suppress secondary events for selected event types. Improved handling of the media object path. Fixed a couple of bugs that caused some conversions to be performed even if their checkbox was unchecked. 9.2.2 - 10.0.2 12 May 2014 Improved handling of the media object path so that it doesn't get in the way of simple TNG installations. Added the "locales that act as counties" concept so it could be more thorough in making sure that counties have the county designator. Added option 5e, which was previously always done along with Date compression. Added the upload module, which was missing in the first release. 9.2.2 15Apr2014 Initial release.

TNG User sites using this mod

Please add your site if you use this modification.

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Robin's Genealogy Database Robin Richmond Mod developer TNGv12.2 EN
Total Family History Scott Bennett Private Site (For right now) TNG 10.0.1 EN
Wilcox, Eskelson, and Related families Alan Wilcox Private Site (Password required - relatives only) TNG 10.0.2 EN
Our Immigrant Ancestors Jim Larson Private site (guest/guest for access) 12.3 EN, NO
LookingBackwards - All Our Relations Ashleigh Mitchell Private Site (Password required - relatives only) TNGv12.3 EN