[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Latitude and longitude in gedcom output

Gary Warner garyw555 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 16:40:37 PST 2015


Thanks for your comments,  but I have a few in response to your comments

1.  I see from your description of Domankow, that you are still using 
the guidelines that we created some time ago.   The guidelines have 
evolved, and we decided that using Empire in the place name was simply 
too cumbersome.   We now use the present-day country, so the location 
you mention is

Domanikow, Kolo, Wielkopolskie, Poland

Please see our latest guidelines, and also the extensive gazetteers at 
the first item on


2.  Some mapping programs, Bing map inside Legacy is one of them, as 
well as Google Earth and others, will snap to an exact location that 
involves fractions of seconds as part of the latitude and longitude.   
Often these computer found locations are totally the wrong location.   
As a result, we have decided that all locations in our databases will 
not contain fractions if in degrees, minutes and seconds.   We omit the 
fractional parts of all location coordinates manually as we then know 
that a human at least looked at the location, and hopefully concurred 
with the computer found location.   I note that you used degrees and 
fractions of a degree to show the Domanikow location.   Since it is not 
easy to tell if fractional degrees resolve to exact seconds, we use 
degrees, minutes and seconds so we can tell that the seconds are not 
fractionalized. Domanikow, per our gazetteer is located at 52 14 04 n, 
19 03 10 e

Gary Warner

On 2/4/2015 1:25 PM, DAP wrote:
> Gary,
> I can concur that latitude and longitude are handled properly in Gedcom output. Currently I am using The Master Genealogist (but considering going to Gramps as TMG is now unsupported!) and with it I created a tag called "birth location" with field for lat/long. Then I create a standard Gedcom file which I import into GedView on my iPad. For instance for my wife's German grandfather I have a regular birth entry:
> Julius Pletzke b. 03 Nov 1877 Domanikow,Kolo,Wielkopolskie,German Empire (Poland)
> In GedView this is followed by my custom "birth location" entry. So now when discussing family history with relatives, I can pull up old Julius and tap on the field "52.234371,19.051187" and show them the exact location via a satellite image. People really seem to appreciate this even if Domanikow has vanished as a village and is now a cluster of modern farm building!
> I use the method that Peter does to get the latitude and longitude via Google.
> Dave Proper
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>>  From my experience, Gedcoms exported from Gramps do display the
> latitude and longitude. I try to keep an updated Gedcom on my Android
> phone in the "Family Bee" app and the coordinates are always listed
> there accurately (though not clickable, but that's the fault of the
> Family Bee app).
>> On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM, Gary Warner <garyw555 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Peter,
>> Thanks.  It will be interesting to see, if I ever get a gedcom file from
>> someone who uses Gramps, to see if the coordinates come through in the
>> gedcom.
>> Gary
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