How do I properly demarcate sources or references so that they export in a GEDCOM?

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In the help section there are references to using:   <ref>X</ref>  and                 <references />   and === xxxx ==== marks etc.

How would I correctly mark each of the 4 following entries as written below if it was included that way in the  Biography/Sources section of a profile  so that they would be exported as such in a GedCom? 

The first time I tried an export, many of the sources were lost or ended up being non-sensical, illegible, gobbledygook! 

Thanks so much

Please feel free to mark the beginning and characters so that I can see just what to do.  Cut and paste, use colors   or anything else you think might make this clear!

1) Massachusetts Births   Haverhill, Massachusetts, Vol 138 p. 44 line 16.

John xxxxx, November 17, 1782, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts 

Father John Sr b. Ireland:   Mother Mary b. New Hampshire.

2)  The History of the XXXX family and Their Descendants by. Rev. XXXX, Preston Press, 1912. pp 232- 241.

3) Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 

Haverhill Births 

XXXX, John jr., s. of John Sr. and Mary (YYYY) Nov. 17, 1782.  P 37

Haverhill Marriages

YYYY, Mary, dau. of Ed and Lucy XXXX and John Sr. XXXX, at Salisbury, June 3rd, 1779,  CR1.  p 612

XXXX, John jr. and Sarah QQQQ at Haverhill, Dec. 25, 1801. p 456

4) New Hampshire Deaths:

Name:  John XXXX, jr.

Event: Death

Death Date:  Feb. 1, 1856

Death Place:  Gilmanton, NH

Age at Death:  74 yrs

Recorded Date:  March 1

Recorded Place: Gilmanton, NH (Book 456 Cert. No. 2188)

Burial Place: Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts

Burial Date:  Feb. 3, 1856

Cemetery:  Greenwood

Informant: Mrs.  Sarah XXXX, 27 Longwood Street



in Genealogy Help by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (898k points)

1 Answer

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Hi Chris,

Anything you do in the text of the page is just going to end up in NOTEs on  GEDCOM export. There's really nothing you can do here, unless you had control over the system importing the GEDCOM and could give it instructions on how to treat marked-up data. Sorry.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Thanks, Chris
My experience on the GEDCOM export is that anything in the Wiki section (notes, sources, references) is exported as tags that are unknown to all other Genealogy programs, rather than as notes for the person. The tags look like
1 _BIO
2 TEXT CONT == Biography ==

rather than 1 NOTE, no programs understand the biography tag.

So all notes are lost when importing into any other Genealogy program.

I actually wrote a program to fix the exported gedcom tags so that they could be used in other programs. This was on my list of things to be fixed in the gedcom export that I sent to Chris a while back.
Where can we get this program please - drives me mad when looking for GEDCOM errors I get thousands of lines of "didn't understand this" and buried in them are the proper errors, somewhere
Are there plans to improve GEDCOM export?

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