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TOPIC: GEDCOM fact for Election

GEDCOM fact for Election 6 months 6 days ago #1

  • PKlimis
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I use GRAMPS for maintaining my genealogy database, exporting a gedcom file and importing it in my webtrres website for publication.

Today I noticed in a individual page (Facts and Events tab) an uknown event (_ELEC) for webtrees.
The _ELEC events has to do with Election (as a major for thiw individual) in GRAMPS.

Is there any way to insert the _ELEC event in my webtrees installation as a custom event with my description for it ?
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GEDCOM fact for Election 6 months 6 days ago #2

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stamboom.BertKoor.nl runs on webtrees v1.7.13
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GEDCOM fact for Election 6 months 5 days ago #3

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PKimis,

Custom tags and custom facts/events are - in general - frowned upon.

The link Bert sent tells you many of the reasons why not to use custom tags.

It however does not tell you why to not use custom fact/events and the correct way to implement fact/events that are not part of the GEDCOM standard.

webtrees trys very hard to support and use the GEDCOM standard as a complete standard rather than what most genealogy programs do which is to support portions of the standard and ignoring other parts that are too hard for them to implement or that don't match their over simplified database.

GEDCOM does implement in its standard a way to create additional fact/event tags not implemented by the standard.

First, however, I must warn you of the following:
  • Many software programs that do not support GEDCOM correctly may not understand this part of the standard
  • These facts/events must be named so that other will understand them
  • These facts/events will not be translated by webtrees to other languages


The GEDCOM standard has two tags that are basically categorized to be "Miscellaneous" facts/events.

Therefore you can use these to provide a fact or event that is technically not part of what a genealogist would be recording but what a family historian might record.

I use them - for example - to record military service. Since I only use webtrees and do not "round trip" I never worry about other programs not understanding this standard.

Since you did not explain what "Election" was, It could be a FACT that the person was elected to an office or an EVENt that the person participated in an election?

A FACT would look like this.

1 FACT <attribute descriptor>
2 TYPE <classification>
2 DATE
2 PLAC

An EVENt would look like this.

1 EVEN <event description>
2 TYPE <classification>
2 DATE
2 PLAC


GEDCOM uses the following example:
1 FACT Woodworking
2 TYPE Skills

For military serve I would use:
1 FACT World War II
2 TYPE Military Service

An Event would be

1 EVEN Induction
2 TYPE Military Service

1 EVEN Battle of the Bulge
2 TYPE Military Service
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GEDCOM fact for Election 6 months 5 days ago #4

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You could also record this as an occupation, recording the election in a note:
1 OCCU mayor
2 DATE FROM 01 MAY 1850
2 PLAC London, England
2 NOTE elected by 2/3 of the votes
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