Pedigree Data

Pedigree Assistant keeps your data in a pedigree database, which is a data file stored locally on your computer. You can (and should) make backups of this file by copying the file elsewhere, e.g. to a USB memory stick.

Typically you would keep just one database but you can actually have as many as you like. The main reason for having multiple databases is to store data for unrelated animals, e.g. to keep breeds separate from each other.

Importing Data

Pedigree Assistant provides a flexible and powerful mechanism to import pedigree data from external sources, in Text/CSV format. Many programs, including our own, but also some 3rd party pedigree software products and other software such as widely used spreadsheets and databases can generate Text/CSV files. Options in PA's import facility include:

  • Choice of exactly which fields you want to import, and in what order.
  • Select delimiter (normally comma) and field quotation options.
  • Whether or not to ignore any heading line (e.g. with column titles).
  • Whether to import from a text file or from the clipboard.

PA can also import directly from GEDCOM files. GEDCOM is a standard file format developer by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is the de-facto standard for exchange of human genealogical data. Our GEDCOM importer processes family (FAM) and individual (INDI) records in a highly configurable way that allows you to customize the import by specifying additional GEDCOM tags to be imported from the source data and transferred to selected fields within the Pedigree Assistant database.

XML import is also provided and is a good way to transfer data from other programs that also support the same XML format e.g. our Breeders Assistant product.

Exporting Data

Pedigree Assistant provides a similarly powerful and configurable facility for extracting (exporting) data from your database in text (CSV) format. Options include:

  • Your choice of the fields to be exported, and in what order.
  • Select delimiter (normally comma) and field quotation options.
  • Choose whether to generate a heading line with column names.
  • Advanced users can specify a custom export string for even greater flexibility - allows access to field codes and you can use macros to further manipulate the text prior to output.
  • Export to text file or to the clipboard.

You can set up multiple export configurations - so you can switch between different export layouts quickly.

XML export is also provided and is the preferred way to transfer data other programs that also support the same XML format, such as our Breeders Assistant product.

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