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This page describes a set of tests included in version 1.04 of the GEDCOM file assess.ged (download - view). Details change between versions.

Area Summary

People with the surname "Source" have BIRT events with a source citation.

In GEDCOM 5.5.1 there are two ways to indicate the source of an event, "linked" or "direct".

With the linked method, a SOUR record under the event record (such as a BIRT record) include a reference to another SOUR record which occurs later in the document. This allows source details to be shared by multiple parent records. The GEDCOM 5.5.1 specification describes the linked method as "preferred".

With the direct method, a SOUR record under the event record includes subrecords that define all the source details. The direct method does not allow source details to be shared by multiple event records.

To evaluate the source import capabilities of the target application, users should review the details shown in the GEDCOM records listed with each test and determine if the data was imported into the citation or source. Source systems vary widely in genealogy applications and that increases the difficulty of assessing the import process.

01-Linked (Basic)

The BIRT record includes a link to source S182. Both SOUR records include common subrecords.

Test Result Criteria

  1. If a target application imports all the source values included in the test, set the test result to "Supported".
  2. If a target application imports some of the source values included in the test, but not all, set the test result to "Partially Supported".
  3. If a target application does not import any source data, and issues a warning or error message, set the test result to "Rejected".
  4. If a target application does not import any source data, and does not issue a warning or error message, set the test result to "Ignored".

GEDCOM Records for @I182@

1 BIRT
2 DATE 1901
2 SOUR @182@
3 PAGE Citation-specific PAGE information for Linked (Basic)
3 NOTE Citation-specific NOTE for Linked (Basic)
0 @182@ SOUR
1 TITL The Smith Family of Narragansett Bay
1 AUTH Archibald Smith, III
1 PUBL Boston, MA: Genealogy Press, 1932

02-Linked (Full)

The BIRT record includes a link to source S183. Both SOUR records include all the subrecords allowed by the GEDCOM 5.5.1 specification.

Test Result Criteria

  1. If a target application imports all the source values included in the test, set the test result to "Supported".
  2. If a target application imports some of the source values included in the test, but not all, set the test result to "Partially Supported".
  3. If a target application does not import any source data, and issues a warning or error message, set the test result to "Rejected".
  4. If a target application does not import any source data, and does not issue a warning or error message, set the test result to "Ignored".

GEDCOM Records for @I183@

1 BIRT
2 DATE 1901
2 SOUR @S183@
3 PAGE Citation-specific PAGE information for Linked (Full)
3 EVEN BIRT
4 ROLE CHIL
3 DATA
4 DATE 6 JUN 1901
4 TEXT Citation-specifi
5 CONC c TEXT
5 CONT for Linked (Full)
3 OBJE @OC183@
3 NOTE Citation-specific NOTE for Linked (Full)
3 QUAY 1
0 @OC183@ OBJE
1 FILE C:\GedcomAssessment\citation-02.jpg
2 FORM JPG
2 TITL Linked (Full) Citation Exhibit Title
1 NOTE Linked (Full) Citation Exhibit Note
0 @S183@ SOUR
1 DATA
2 EVEN BIRT
3 DATE FROM 1740 TO 1930
3 PLAC New England
2 AGNC Massachusetts County Vital Records Offices
2 NOTE Data Note
1 AUTH Massachusetts Count
2 CONC y Clerks
1 TITL Births in Massachusetts
1 ABBR Mass Births
1 PUBL Boston, MA: Genealogy Pr
2 CONC ess, 1932
1 TEXT A copy of original records kept in county cler
2 CONC k offices
2 CONT Originals 1740 to 1920, Corrections to 1930
1 REFN S183
2 TYPE Source ID
1 CHAN
2 DATE 1 JUN 1962
2 NOTE Reprint
1 NOTE Note for source S183
1 OBJE @OS183@
0 @OS183@ OBJE
1 FILE C:\GedcomAssessment\source-02.jpg
2 FORM JPG
2 TITL Linked (Full) Source Exhibit Title
1 NOTE Linked (Full) Source Exhibit Note

03-Direct (Basic)

The BIRT record includes a direct source. The SOUR record includes common subrecords.

Test Result Criteria

  1. If a target application imports all the source values included in the test, set the test result to "Supported".
  2. If a target application imports some of the source values included in the test, but not all, set the test result to "Partially Supported".
  3. If a target application does not import any source data, and issues a warning or error message, set the test result to "Rejected".
  4. If a target application does not import any source data, and does not issue a warning or error message, set the test result to "Ignored".

GEDCOM Records for @I184@

1 BIRT
2 DATE 1901
2 SOUR Hell's Bells: The Quasimodo Family Chronicl
3 CONC e and Family Diary
3 CONT Angus Ainsley Pillsbury

04-Direct (Full)

The BIRT record includes a direct source. The SOUR record includes all the subrecords allowed by the GEDCOM 5.5.1 specification.

Test Result Criteria

  1. If a target application imports all the source values included in the test, set the test result to "Supported".
  2. If a target application imports some of the source values included in the test, but not all, set the test result to "Partially Supported".
  3. If a target application does not import any source data, and issues a warning or error message, set the test result to "Rejected".
  4. If a target application does not import any source data, and does not issue a warning or error message, set the test result to "Ignored".

GEDCOM Records for @I185@

1 BIRT
2 DATE 1901
2 SOUR Under the Armpit of Celebrit
3 CONC y: Life on the Front Page
3 CONT Brittney Danica Ambivilaqua
3 TEXT I was born to rich and famous parents on th
4 CONC e 1st of April, 1927.
4 CONT That is my burden.
3 NOTE A fascinating read, but not believable.
3 QUAY 0
3 OBJE @OS185@
0 @OS185@ OBJE
1 FILE C:\GedcomAssessment\source-04.jpg
2 FORM JPG
2 TITL Direct (Full) Source Exhibit Title
1 NOTE Direct (Full) Source Exhibit Note
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