Utility ~ GEDCOM Standard Release 5.5 and 5.5.1


These are the current GEDCOM specifications in PDF and HTML, as implemented by fh, which focusses on compliance with Standard Release 5.5 (2 Jan 1996) but supports some parts of Standard Release 5.5.1 (15 Nov 2019) such as UTF-8 characters, the FILE tag in Media records, and MAP, LATI & LONG tags in Place records.

For related specifications see the Tamura Jones FamilySearch GEDCOM Specifications.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) is established to develop and recommend information standards for genealogy and family history purposes. Work continues on the Extended Legacy Format (ELF), which is a document model and file format they hope will be fully compatible with current uses of GEDCOM 5.5.1 but more readily extended.

Installation Instructions

Click on any of the links below to open the GEDCOM document.


gedcom55.pdf GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF from FHUG Downloads

GEDCOM Release 5.5 HTML from RootsWeb

About GEDCOM from Family Search

GEDCOM Release 5.5 PDF & GEDCOM Release 5.5.1 PDF from Family Search

GEDCOM Documentation from Chronoplex including:

GEDCOM Specifications from Tamura Jones including GEDCOM Release 5.5, 5.5 Errata Sheet, and Draft 5.5.1