Is there a way I can convert pdf lineages to GEDCOM without indvidiual entries?

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I have pdf formats and some word documents on various lineages that may be helpful if I could link them rather than enter one at a time.  At least others can use them while I am entering.  Is there a way to convert PDF to gedcom?
asked in WikiTree Tech by Pat Elton G2G Crew (350 points)

3 Answers

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Someone tried it here. Seems a lot more work than manually enering to me.

Converting pdf to text is a fairly trivial matter, lots of free software to do that but getting into a gedcom ids the hard bit, especially getting therelationships and sources properly linked, you need to know the gedcom specs. extremely well.

As you have to edit gedcom imported profiles anyway I would go with manually entering.

answered by R. G. G2G6 Pilot (212k points)
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Hi Pat! There are some software availabel for this pupose. Try to Google (pdf to gedcom). eg. http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download/convert-pdf-to-gedcom-4706502.html
answered by Hans Jørgen Kølle G2G6 Mach 4 (46.4k points)
edited by Hans Jørgen Kølle
I have an excel spreadsheet that will convert to a gedcom. I recently converted a file with over 2,000 names and other details in it.

And, yes, I am new to Wikitree and trying, with difficulty, to work my way round it.
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I don't believe you will be able to do it in one step. Are the PDF files searchable? Can you highlight all the text in it and copy? If you can export the text into a spreadsheet then maybe you can use the following instructions:

http://orba-design.com/xl2gedcom.pdf

I would only go this route if you have hundreds of names. Otherwise, I'd enter them manually in WikiTree.

answered by Mario Reyes G2G Crew (350 points)

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