.ZED File Extension

Zipped GEDCOM Genealogy File

Developer MyHeritage
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What is a ZED file?

A ZED file is a zipped .GEDCOM genealogy file used by MyHeritage Family Tree Builder, a free genealogy application. It contains a GEDCOM file that stores ANSI-encoded text about an individual's family tree and relatives within the family tree.

More Information

ZED files are primarily used by versions 1 - 6 of MyHeritage Family Tree Builder. The files were eventually replaced by .UZED files with the release of version 7 of the software.

UZED files are also Zip-compressed and store GEDCOM files, but the GEDCOM files store UTF-8-encoded text instead of ANSI-encoded text. Also, UZED files include a metadata.xml file that stores metadata about the family tree.

ZED and UZED files are often referred to as being saved in the ZEDCOM (Zipped-GEDCOM) format. The files were replaced by .FTB SQLite database files with the release of version 8 of MyHeritage Family Tree Builder.

How to open a ZED file

While ZED files have been replaced by UZED files and subsequent FTB files, you can still open them with MyHeritage Family Tree Builder. To open a ZED file with Family Tree Builder, select File → Open Project....

Since ZED files are compressed with Zip compression, you can also rename the .zed file extension to .zip, decompress the archive with a Zip utility, such as Microsoft File Explorer (Windows), Corel WinZip (Windows), or Apple Archive Utility (macOS), then open the GEDCOM file with a genealogy program.

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