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Overview

TMG to GEDCOM supports _FREL and _MREL. They are extension records used to describe relationships between parents and children such as "adopted", "foster", etc. The Parent Labels section contains properties that configure these records.

This page uses _FREL and _MREL to describe the extension records, _FREL for the father relationship and _MREL for the mother relationship. You may modify the actual tags used via the GEDCOM Tag Names.Father Relationship Tag property and the GEDCOM Tag Names.Mother Relationship Tag property.

Properties

Method

  • When Method is set to "None", TMG to GEDCOM will not include relationship label records.
  • When Method is set to "Custom FAM.CHIL", TMG to GEDCOM will use custom relationship label extension records under the FAM.CHIL record that links a child to one or more parents.

    For example, TMG to GEDCOM will write the following records to indicate that person I3 was adopted by parents I1 and I2:

    0 @F1@ FAM
    1 HUSB @I1@
    1 WIFE @I2@
    1 CHIL @I3@
    2 _FREL adopted
    2 _MREL adopted

    TMG to GEDCOM will write the following records to indicate that person I3 was the step-child of father I1 and the biological child of mother I2:

    0 @F1@ FAM
    1 HUSB @I1@
    1 WIFE @I2@
    1 CHIL @I3@
    2 _FREL step

    In the example above, no _MREL record is required because the default relationship type is biological.

Labels

The Labels list controls the values used in the _FREL and _MREL records. TMG to GEDCOM uses a two-step process to determine the output value. Each entry in the list associates a term with a GEDCOM Label.

  1. When TMG to GEDCOM reads a TMG project, it converts TMG's relationship tag types to one of several terms to describe common parental relationships.
    TMG Relationship Tag Suffix Term
    -adoadopted
    -adoptedadopted
    -biobirth
    -biologicalbirth
    -natbirth
    -cancandidate
    -candidatecandidate
    -fstfoster
    -fosterfoster
    -godgodparent
    -godparentgodparent
    -othother
    -otherother
    -stestep
    -stepstep
    -unkunknown
    -unknownunknown

    For any Relationship Tag suffixes NOT in the table above, TMG to GEDCOM uses the lowercase value of the suffix as the term. So, for example, Father-Custom and Mother-Custom are assigned the term "custom".

  2. While writing the GEDCOM file, TMG to GEDCOM uses the terms in the Labels list to determine the GEDCOM Labels written to the _FREL and _MREL records.

    If a term appears in the Labels list, the output value is determined by the term's GEDCOM Label value:

    • If the GEDCOM Label value is not empty, TMG to GEDCOM will write an _FREL or _MREL record with the GEDCOM Label value.
    • If the GEDCOM Label value is empty, TMG to GEDCOM will not write an _FREL or _MREL record.

The standard Label entries used by TMG to GEDCOM are shown below. You may edit the list, and templates may provide their own values.

Term GEDCOM Label Notes
adoptedadopted
birthThe default GEDCOM Label value is empty so that TMG to GEDCOM does not write _FREL or _MREL records for birth relationships. The birth relationship is the default relationship for children included in GEDCOM FAM subrecords so no _FREL or _MREL record is necessary.
candidateThe default GEDCOM Label value is empty so that TMG to GEDCOM does not write _FREL or _MREL records for candidate relationships. I suggest you use non-primary relationship tags in TMG for candidate (possible but unproved) parents.
fosterfoster
godparentThe default GEDCOM Label value is empty so that TMG to GEDCOM does not write _FREL or _MREL records for godparent relationships. If the target application supports godparent relationships, change the GEDCOM Label to the term it expects.
otherother
stepstep
unknownunknown
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