What is a good GEDCOM tree editor

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I'm exporting branches of my tree from FamilyTreeMaker into WikiTree via Gedcom. I want to add an additional stage whereby I edit the generated tree BEFORE uploading into WikiTree so I can improve/simplify some of the source citations.

Can anyone recommend a GEDcom tree editor for this purpose, Im looking at something that exposes the information in the tree so I can see exactly what the GEDCOM contains
in The Tree House by Paul Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)

2 Answers

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I use NotePad or WordPad (depending on the file size), using the "Copy & replace" option where appropriate.
by Vivian Egan G2G6 Mach 7 (74.5k points)
thanks, I guess that would sometimes work (I would use UltraEdit) but I really meant a tool specifically for Gedcom that understood the Gedcom structure
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by Edward Comer G2G1 (1.3k points)

Thank you for this, Edward. Searching g2g before I asked a similar question is quite efficient. wink However, this answer is a little old in development of software terms.  Would you still say these are good tools. Thank you!

First a caveat - my primary desktop genealogy program is GRAMPS (gramps-project.org), which I have used exclusively for over a decade. Occasionally I do use GenealogyJ to load and check GEDCOMs that I receive from others, such as people with DNA matches.  The question that I was answering addressed tools specifically for examining and/or working on GEDCOMs and since both GenealogyJ and Ancestris use a Gedcom file as its database they are useful for that purpose. While I installed and did some testing with Ancestris I haven't really used it in any meaningful way but it seems to work similarly to GenealogyJ and may be better supported. While both programs are useful for viewing and/or editing a GEDCOM I personally wouldn’t use either one as my primary genealogy program unless it is for a smaller database, i.e. hundreds rather than of thousands of people. Also, while I do use  GenealogyJ, I find it a bit arcane, which may be mostly due to my not using it regularly.

I hope that this answered your question.

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