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The german Gedcom database can be searched for complete family data.
You also can add your own data if you have them available in the Gedcom format.
Unfortunately, it is not yet available in English.


What is GedBas

GedBas is a database with genealogical data. Every genealogist can contribute his own research-results and everyone is able to query the data base. GedBas is the abbreviation of Genealogical Data Base.

The GedBas project was founded by the Verein für Computergenealogie. It should help family researchers to establish contact with other interested researchers and exchange search results. Contrary to FOKO, GedBas contains detailed information. So it is not necessarily required to send an Email or a letter to the submitter, because everyone can see at once by searching the database whether the research results are of interest to him or not.

Where do I find GedBas in the web?

The URL you find GedBas is: http://gedbas.genealogy.net

What kind of files can I contribute?

The files have to be gedcom files. Gedcom is a file format to exchange data between different genealogical programs. Gedcom files can be opened by a text editor too.

Does it make a difference which genealogical program I use?

No, but the program has to be able to create gedcom files. But the quality of the created files can be different with different programs.

Which data of the gedcom file will be transferred?

Theoretically all, although not all data are shown on the internet. But if you allow the download of the file, everyone can see all data after downloading, except the details which were removed after the upload to GedBas: these are the persons born less than 100 years ago or died less than 30 years ago.

Have I to prepare my gedcom file before sending it to the GedBas database?

That depends on what you want to make public. All persons who were born less than 100 years ago or died less than 30 years ago will be removed automatically before taking over to the GedBas database, they are not part of the data everyone can see. But if a person has no dates, the program can't recognize whether the person has to be deleted or not. So, if you want that the names of living persons without dates were shown, please delete the date of birth before the upload.

The following procedure is recommended:

If you want to make your data publicly available by uploading them to internet databases, showing them on your own homepage or by private exchange between other family researchers, you should create a special gedcom file (and name it that way that you can recognize it clearly!).

By creating this file (that means in case of gedcom export), none of the facts, which are not intended for the public, will be shown, like notes or personal informations of living persons. You can send this file to other researchers or databases, which don't have a filter for the data of living persons. If such a filter exists, you have double security; but if not it doesn't matter. Dates of living persons can be filtered by genealogical programs or specific tools like GedClean or Res Privata.

How to contribute files?

Online by webinterface: If you are a member of one of the associations with an online member data base (http://db.genealogy.net), you can log in directly with your entrance data to the GedBas participant range.

If you dont have any user identification change to "registration" and fill in your personal dates. Your identification will be set free normally after 1-2 days. Everyone who already has a user identification is able to upload his files at once. Please change to the participant range, type your user identification and password, choose the file you want to contribute and upload the file. Every uploaded file will be verified on correct syntax and afterwards appears in the system.

Is it possible to upload several separate gedcom files?

Yes, it is. And sometimes perhaps useful, if just one only file would be very big or if you save several research areas in different files.

How to change his dates?

Log in in the participant range and choose the option "My files in GedBas". Now you can delete or actualize your files or change and adapt options for each file.

How fast changes take effect?

Changes take effect not later than one hour, not only new dates or other options for the own files (permit or forbid download of files) but also deleting of files.

Is it possible to delete files completely?

Yes, in the participant range you can delete files.

What happens with facts of living persons?

All persons, who are born less than 100 years ago or died less than 30 years ago will be deleted. If a person has no detailed dates, the program cant recognize if this person should be removed. So you as submitter decide, whether you want to show the names of living persons or not - by only deleting the date of birth.

The possibilities of the GedBas site in detail


The user decides whether he wants to start a general or specific search. By typing only the name or location, search results could be to much. To refine the search it is necessary to specify the search options. For example if you aren't interested in all Schmidts, but in Schmidts of Bremen, then you can reduce the search results by using both search particulars.


Contains statistics of the total number of persons, families and files in the GedBas data base.


Here you can obtain a general view of the names that are included in the data base. The first 50 names beginning with the initial are shown. The longer the alphabetical order you choose, the closer you come to the searched name. Probably no one wants to know how many and which names with the initial S are included in the data base. But if I search for Schmidt and variants like Schmitt and Schmid, I am able to see how many search results for the various spellings are there and which other variants exist by extracting all names beginning with Schmi.


FAQ is the shorten word for Frequently Asked Questions ( = häufig gestellte Fragen). It contains answers to the most important questions on the GedBas project. If you have a problem, please first take a look at FAQ and only if you don't find an answer send an e-mail (adress at the bottom of the page).


If you have a user identification, you dont need to register again. If not, fill in the registration form with your personal data (name, address, phone number, e-mail address, url of your homepage (if it exists)). Choose a password and click send. Normally your access will be set free after 1-2 days and your registration will be confirmed by e-mail. Please record your password so you don't forget it.


In the participant range you can:

  • change your personal dates (important: please use a valid e-mail adress, so that other family researchers can contact you per mail!)
  • upload new or updated files
  • take an overview with My files in GedBas: here you see when you have uploaded files, how many persons and families are contained and which options for each file are valid and here you can change options too (like permit or forbid download of files)

Why sometimes you can see only "Kirchenbuch..." as submitter?

These are dates I got from a researcher, who doesnt want to give informations any more because of his age. I promised him not to betray his adress. But he wanted his informations to make public, that is why you can see his dates in GedBas.

Is it possible for other researcher to download my files?

Now, that depends on your own decision!

If you upload your file in the participant range, you can choose if you want to allow download or not.

The preset is: "not downloadable", so you have to change this option if you want to permit download.

GedBas does not show first names, when I upload a gedcom file produced with PAF.

PAF has the (strange) option to put firstname behind the surname (where just the name suffix should be). With "extras" > preferences > names" you can set the familar notation, by choosing "FIRST NAME/LAST NAME" - then GedBas shows the first names from gedcom files produced with PAF.

What can I do if I dont get an answer to my question?

GedBas is a program, which has mistakes like every program. If you have a problem and dont find the answer in FAQ, please take contact with our support team.

Therefore send an e-mail to: gedbas-support@genealogy.net.

Please describe the problem as detailed as possible so we can duplicate it. Someone of our support team will contact you.

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