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HtmlPedigree: Creating a new set of web pages from an existing GEDCOM file

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To produce web pages from an existing GEDCOM file:

  1. Start up the program, click on the "Create from GEDCOM" icon (or the "Create from GEDCOM" item of the "File" menu, or the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut), find the GEDCOM file on your hard disc, and open it.
  2. If you wish, you can accept the program's default settings, which should produce a presentable set of web pages. But alternatively, there are various options at this stage for customising the contents and appearance of the web pages, adding links to images or other files (see Advanced features), editing the information that will appear on the Home page, and adding a Search facility to the pages.
  3. Save the web pages by clicking on the "Save" icon (or the "Save" item of the "File" menu, or the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut). When creating a new set of web pages, it's strongly recommended that you create a new folder to save them in. If you choose to do this, the program will show a "Create folder" box for you to choose the location and name of the folder. It will then show a "Save file" box for you to choose the name of the web pages.
  4. Before the web pages are saved, you will be asked whether you want to include any files linked from the GEDCOM (see How files linked from the GEDCOM are processed).

This produces a complete set of web pages ready to be transferred to your web server. If you have chosen to include copies of files linked from the GEDCOM (or if you have added links to other files manually), these will have been automatically copied into a subfolder named mm, which should be uploaded together with the web pages in the main folder.

Note that, at present, the program requires the GEDCOM file to be in the ANSI (or ASCII) format - or an alternative single-byte format including non-Western characters - rather than, for example, UNICODE or ANSEL, so you should specify the ANSI format when exporting the GEDCOM from your genealogy program. (Alternatively, you can use a word processor to open an existing GEDCOM file in UNICODE format, and resave a copy as plain text.) For purposes of privacy, you will probably want to ensure that the GEDCOM file doesn't include information on living people (see Living people).