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User-Defined GEDCOM Tags

Below are two lists of tags that may be found in GEDCOM files that you might encounter.  These tags are not part of the GEDCOM 5.5 standard.  They have been created and used by various genealogy programs in order to handle pieces of information that are not accounted for in the GEDCOM 5.5 specification.  Adding new tags is allowed in GEDCOM files.  Any new tag is supposed to begin with an underscore character (_).  Other programs that import GEDCOM files containing these new tag may or may not recognize them.  New tags that do not begin with an underscore have also been created and used by many genealogy programs.  This is against the "rules" but is very common.  Again, other programs that import GEDCOM files with these "illegal" tags may or may not recognize them.

Legacy also uses many tags that start with an underscore to handle information that isn't defined in the GEDCOM 5.5 specification.  See Custom GEDCOM Tags for a list of these tags.

In the following lists, use this key to identify the programs using the tags:

AQ  = Ancestral Quest
BKW  = Brother's Keeper (Windows)
FamHer  = Family Heritage
FO =  Family Origins
FTM  = Family Tree Maker (DOS)
FTW  = Family Tree Maker (Windows)
Gen  = Generations
Leg = Legacy
PAF =  Personal Ancestral File
Reunion  = Reunion for the MAC
RootsIII = Roots III
RM = RootsMagic
TMG  = The Master Genealogist

Program-defined Tags
These are tags that are not defined in the GEDCOM 5.5 specification.  All program-defined tags should begin with an underscore (_).

Tag Program Description 
_ADPN         BKW6, PAF5       Adopted name   
_AKA          AQ3, PAF4, PAF5  used for the "also know as" name 
_AKAN         BKW6, PAF5       Also known as  
_BIRN         BKW6, PAF5       Birth name  
_BRTM         BKW6             Brit Mila (Circumcise on the eighth day after the birth of a Jewish boy.) 
_CENN         BKW6             Census name  
_CONF_FLAG    PAF5             Confidential Flag 
_COML         BKW6             Common law Marriage 
_CORR         FO7              Correspondence entry 
_CURN         BKW6, PAF5       Current know as  
_DATE_TYPE  PAF5             
_DATE2        AQ3              used for second date in a date range 
_DESC_FLAG    PAF5              
_DETS         FTM, FTW         ??? 
_ELEC         FTW8             ??? 
_EMAIL        BKW6, FO9, PAF   The email address of the individual 
_EYEC         BKW6             Eye color 
_EYES         Gen              Eyes color 
_EXCM         FTM              Excommunicated 
_EVENT_DEFN   PAF5             Event sentence definition 
_FA1 to 13    FTM, FTW         definitions for facts 
_FARN         BKW6, PAF5       Farm name  
_FKAN         BKW6             Formally known as  
_FNRL         BKW6             Funeral  
_FREL         FTW              Relationship to Father 
_GERN         BKW6, PAF5       German name  
_HEBN         BKW6             Hebrew name 
_HAIR         BKW6             Hair color 
_HEIG         BKW6             Height   
_HUSB         AQ3              used to indicate a child status within a family 
_INDN         BKW6             Indian name  Indiansk navn 
_INTE         BKW6             Interred  Where ashes are stored if cremated or put a body in a tomb   
_ITALIC       AQ3              indicates source title to be in italics 
_MARN         BKW6             Married name  
_MARNM        AQ3, PAF5        Used for married name 
_MASTER       AQ3              indicates source is to appear in Master listing 
_MBON         BKW6             Marriage Bond  Marriage Bond 
_MEDC         PAF5              
_MEND         FTW              Marriage Ending Status 
_MDCL         FTM, FTW         Medical entry 
_MILT         FTM7             Military Services 
_MISN         FTM              Mission 
_MREL         FTW              Relationship to Mother 
_MSTAT        FTW              Marriage Beginning Status 
_NAME         FO, PAF5         used for name in the address group of tags 
_NLIV         BKW6             Not living 
_NMAR         BKW6             Never married (person) 
_NMR          BKW6             Not married 
_OTHN         BKW6             Other name 
_PAREN        AQ3              indicatres source facts are to be enclosed in parentheses 
_PLACE_TYPE   PAF5              
_PRMN         BKW6             Permanent number 
_PRIM         AQ3, PAF5        indicates preferred image 
_PRIM         FO7              In the OBJE record to indicate if this is the primary photo for this person. 
_PRIMARY      AQ3              Indicated primary family for adopted child 
_PRIMARY      PAF5             Indicated primary family for adopted child 
_QUAY                          Quality 
_RELN         BKW6             Religious name 
_SCBK         AQ3, FO7, PAF5   In the OBJE record to indicate if the media object should be in the scrapbook. 
_SCHEMA       FTW 5.0          heads a section defining tags - subordinate to the "0 HEAD" tag. 
_SENM         PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Male 
_SENDOM       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Male (Date Only) 
_SENPOM       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Male (Place Only) 
_SENDPM       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Male (Date and Place) 
_SENF         PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Female 
_SENDOF       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Female (Date Only) 
_SENPOF       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Female (Place Only) 
_SENDPF       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Female (Date and Place) 
_SENU         PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Unknown Gender 
_SENDOU       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Unknown Gender (Date Only) 
_SENPOU       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Unknown Gender (Place Only) 
_SENDPU       PAF5             Event sentence definition for a Unknown Gender (Date and Place) 
_SEPR         BKW6 & FTM & FTW Separated  
_SLDN         BKW6             Soldier name  
_SHON         BKW6             Short name   
_SSHOW        AQ3, PAF5        indicates if image is included in slideshow 
_SUBQ         RM       Subsequent source citation format 
_TODO         FO7              To-do item 
_TYPE         AQ3, FO7, PAF5   In the OBJE record to indicate the type of the object. 
_UID          PAF5             special individual ID code inserted for later file comparisons 
_UNKN         FTW8             special individual ID code inserted for later file comparisons 
_VERB         AQ11            
_YART         BKW6             Yartzeit  
_WEIG         BKW6             Weight  
_WIFE         AQ3              used to indicate a child status within a family 
Tags Not Specified in GEDCOM 5.5     
(Unspecified tag should start with an underscore but many do not.)   
Tag Program Description 
ADR3     ???                  Third address line 
AKA      FO, FTM, Leg, PAF Also Known as 
ANCE     ???                  Ancestor 
ANUL     Reunion              Annulment 
ARVL     FTW5                 Arrival  
ASSO     FamHer               Association to a parent 
ATTR     FTW5, TMG            Attribute 
AUTH     Reunion              Author 
BIC      TMG                  Born in Covenant 
BLESS    Reunion              Blessing 
BLSL     FTW5                 Blessing LDS 
CANC     TMG                  Cancel Sealing 
CEME     FTW5                 Cemetery 
CIRC     Gen                  Circumcision 
CITN     Reunion, Gen         Citizenship 
CLAW     Reunion              Common Law  
CLER     Reunion, Gen         Clergy 
CNTC     Reunion              ???  
CODI     TMG                  Codicil 
COLO     FTW5, Gen, Reunion   Skin color 
COMML    FTW5                 Comment 
COMP     Reunion              ??? 
COYN     FTW5                 County 
CPLR     Reunion, Gen         Compiler 
CRIM     TMG                  Criminal 
CSTA     Reunion              Child Status 
CUTOFFYR FTW5                 Cutoff year 
DATV     Reunion              ??? 
DAU      FTW5                 Daughter 
DEGR     Reunion              Degree  
DESC     Reunion              Description 
DESR     TMG                  Description   
DETA     Reunion              Source Detail 
DETS     Gen                  ??? 
DPRT     FTW5                 Departure   
DWEL     FTW5                 Dwelling 
EARL     Reunion              ??? 
EDTN     Reunion, Gen         Edition 
EDTR     Reunion              Editor 
EMAL     Gen                  Email address 
ENMPL    TMG                  Employment  
EXCO     FO, Gen, TMG         Excommunicated 
EYES     Reunion              Eyes 
FATH     FTW5                 Father 
FAX      Gen, RM      Fax phone number 
FEMA     FTW5                 Female 
FILN     Reunion, Gen         File number 
FMT      FTW5                 Date format 
FOST     FTW5                 Foster child 
FRND     Gen                  Friends 
HAIR     Gen, Reunion         Hair color 
HEAL     Reunion              Medical 
HEIG     Gen, Reunion         Height 
HIST     Reunion              Research notes 
HISTID   FTW5                 History ID# 
HISTB    Reunion              ??? 
HOBB     Gen, Reunion         Hobbies 
HONO     Gen, Reunion         Honors 
HOSP     Gen                  Hospitalization 
IDNO     Ancestral Quest      Reference number 
ILLN     Gen                  Illness 
ILLE     FTW5                 Illegitimate 
INFO     FTW5                 Information 
INTE     Reunion              Interviewer 
INTV     Reunion              Interviewed 
ISA      FTW5                 Is a kind of... 
ISSU     Reunion              Issue (Children) 
LABL     FTW3-5               Defines label for given fact, under the _SCHEMA 
LDS      FTW5                 LDS 
LOCA     Gen                  Source locality 
LVG      FTW5                 Living 
LVNG     Gen                  Living 
MALE     FTW5                 Male 
MILA     Gen                  Military Award  
MILD     Gen                  Military Discharge  
MILF     Reunion, Gen         Served in Military 
MILI     Reunion              Military 
MILT     Gen                  Military Services 
MISC     FTW5, Gen            Miscellaneous 
MIDSC    TMG                  Miscellaneous  diverse 
MISN     Gen                  Mission 
MOTH     FTW5                 Mother 
MOVE     Gen                  Move 
MSTAT    Mac Gene             Death status 
NAMG     Gen                  Naming 
NAMM     Reunion              Name ??? 
NAMR     FTW5, Gen, Reunion   Religious Name 
NAMS     FO, TMG, Reunion     Name Sake 
NATI     Reunion              Nationality 
NMAR     FTW5                 Number of Marriages 
NOTP     WinFamily            Private note  
NULL     TMG                  Nullify LDS   
NUMB     FTW5, RootsIII, TMG  Number 
OWNR     Reunion              Owner 
ORDI     ???                  Ordinance 
ORDL     FTW5                 Ordination LDS 
ORIG     ???                  Origin 
PART     Gen                  Partners 
PASL     TMG                  Passenger  
PERI     Reunion              Periodical ??? 
PPFX     RM           Place Prefix for event definition 
PRES     TMG                  Presumed cancelled  
PRTY     FTW7                 ??? 
PUBL     Reunion              Publication 
PURC     Reunion, Gen         Land Purchase  
RACE     FTW, Gen, Reunion    Race 
RATI     ??                   Ratification 
REAS     FO7                  Reason (sub-tag to _CORR) 
REBA     TMG                  Re-baptized  
RECO     Reunion              Recorder 
REGI     Reunion, Gen         Register 
REMA     FTW5                 Remarks 
RESE     TMG                  Resealed  
RESIR    Reunion              Residence 
RESP     FO7                  Response (for Correspondence) 
REST     TMG                  Restored  
RFN      ???                  Record Number 
RIN      ???                  Record Number 
RPLY     FO7                  Reply Status for Correspondence [Y|N] 
SCHEMA   FTW5                 Schema (see _SCHEMA) 
SENT     RM           Sentence for event definition 
SEPA     Reunion, Gen         Separation 
SIBL     FTW5                 Sibling 
SLGP     FTW5                 Sealing to Parent  
SON      FTW5                 Son 
STAKE    FTW5                 Stake 
STAL     TMG                  Stake LDS 
STLB     Gen                  Stillborn 
STIL     FTW5, TMG            Stillborn  
SUBM     FamHer               Association to a parent 
SUBN     ???                  ??? 
TOWN     FTW5                 Town 
UMAR     Reunion              Unmarried  
UNIT     FTW5                 Unit 
URL      Reunion              URL  
VOIL     TMG                  Void living  
VOL      Reunion, Gen         Volume 
WEIG     Gen, Reunion         Weight 
WWW      RM           Internet Address 

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