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Before Using GedSite

Before using GedSite, create a GEDCOM file using your genealogy project manager program (Family Historian, Legacy, RootsMagic, etc.).

Most genealogy programs have an export facility for creating GEDCOM files. If you wish to publish a subset of the people in your genealogy project, select that subset when you do the export-to-GEDCOM step in your genealogy program.

For Family Historian, you may use the main data file, which is a GEDCOM file, however, if you want to use Family Historian's sentence templates, you must use a plug-in to export a GEDCOM file. See the Family Historian page.

To account for differences between GEDCOM files written by different applications, GedSite has been designed and implemented to support application-specific data import rules. See the list of applications help page for more information.

First-Time Process

  1. Start the program
  2. Create a GedSite file

    Use the File > New... command to make a new GedSite file (".gsfile"). If you already have created a GedSite file and saved it, then use the File > Open... command to open it.

  3. Give your site a name

    Key a title in the Site Title textbox in the Main section.

  4. Choose a GEDCOM file

    Click the [Choose GEDCOM File...] button in the Main section, navigate to your GEDCOM file in the File Open dialog, and click [Open].

  5. Save the GedSite file

    Use the File > Save command to save your GedSite file. Saving the GedSite file means you do not have to re-enter the settings you make after editing the site properties.

  6. Make the site

    Use the File > Make Site command to make the site. When GedSite is making the site, a progress window will open in the lower-right hand corner of your display.

  7. Browse the site

    After the Make Site process completes, use the File > Browse Site command to open the site in your default browser.

Update Process

After you make the site once, you do not have to repeat all the steps above to update it. When you have a GedSite file (saved in Step 6 above), you follow these steps: start GedSite, open your GedSite file, make changes to the GedSite properties (if desired), make the site, browse the site.

Details

1. Start GedSite and enter your registration information

When you start the program for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your registration information. Enter the information that has been sent to you. After entering your registration data, you will not have to re-enter it when starting the program.

2. Create a GedSite File

To use GedSite you must create a GedSite file (".gsfile"). GedSite writes the settings associated with your site to the GedSite file. By default, the file will be stored in your "Documents" folder under the "GedSite" subfolder. Use the File > New... command to create a new GedSite file to start using GedSite. When you use the File > New... command, GedSite will prompt you to save the new file. GedSite needs to know the name and location of the file because it creates folders that are associated with the file.

Save the file periodically so you do not have to re-enter the settings you have already specified. To re-open a GedSite file, use the File > Recent files sub-menu which includes a list of recently used files.

A GedSite file has multiple sections. When GedSite opens a GedSite file, it starts in the "Main" section. This section includes several important properties that you should edit to suit your preferences including the Site Title. It also includes a button to choose the GEDCOM file from which GedSite should read your genealogy data.

3. Give Your Site a Name

Key a title in the Site Title textbox in the Main section.

4. Choose a GEDCOM File

Click the [Choose GEDCOM File...] button to choose a GEDCOM file. GedSite will present a standard "open a file" window. You can use the controls in that window to navigate to the folder that contains the GEDCOM file you created with your genealogy project manager program. Click the file name to select the file, then click the [Open] button to open the file.

When you select the file, GedSite will read the GEDCOM file in a background process and display a small progress window in the lower-right of your display. For very large GEDCOM files, the load progress may take several minutes. For most GEDCOM files, the process will complete in a few seconds.Note 1

GedSite converts the GEDCOM data to an internal form that is designed to make it easy for GedSite to create your web site. In normal operation, you won't see the contents of the GEDCOM file except in the web site that GedSite creates.Note 2

GedSite writes a log file as it reads the GEDCOM file. You can review the log file using the Utilities > Logs > Open GEDCOM Log command. GedSite saves five generations of the GEDCOM log file. The current log file, i.e., the most recent, has no number. The next most recent has the suffix "-1", next most-recent has "-2.log", etc.

5. Save the GedSite File

Use the File > Save command to save your GedSite file. Saving the GedSite file means you do not have to re-enter the settings you make after editing the site properties. It's good practice to save the GedSite file after you make enough changes that you wouldn't want to redo them. Saving before using the Make Site command is usually a good idea.

6. Make the Site

GedSite makes the site on your PC. The files are not visible to anyone else until you publish the site somewhere. See the Publish on the Web and Publish on Removable Media help pages for more information.

Use the File > Make Site command to make the site.

When GedSite is making the site, a progress window will open in the lower-right hand corner of your display. GedSite makes the site using a background process, so you can continue to edit the GedSite file using the controls in the main window. Changes you make to the GedSite file while GedSite is making the site will not be reflected in the currently-running Make Site process because GedSite takes a snapshot of the GedSite file contents before making the site.

7. Browse the Site

After the Make Site process completes, use the File > Browse Site command to open the site in your default browser.

Notes

  1. An extremely large GEDCOM file may cause GedSite to fail. If that happens, there is no recourse except to use a smaller GEDCOM file. While GedSite should fail more gracefully when the error occurs, it's unlikely that GedSite would succeed in building a web site for such a large file so there's really no point in loading it anyway.
  2. GedSite includes a bare-bones record browser that may be useful in some situations, but is not intended as a GEDCOM viewer. It shows the GEDCOM data after converting the data to GedSite's internal form. To access the record browser, key Ctl-Shift-B from the main window. Enter the ID number of a person to see the person's data records.
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