RegEx GEDCOM a DELUXE LTOOL which allows the user to edit (using regular expressions) a GEDCOM file.




To edit (using regular expressions) a GEDCOM file:

  1. Open your Legacy database in _LTools_.
  2. Double-click RegEx GEDCOM in the Deluxe LTools tree to bring up the dialog for this LTool.
  3. Select the Input GEDCOM File. This is the Legacy generated GEDCOM file that you wish to use as input to this process.
  4. Enter (or select) the Output GEDCOM File. This is where _LTools_ will save the results of this process. _LTools_ will not modify the Input GEDCOM File.
  5. Enter the Regular Expressions (REs) that you wish to apply to this GEDCOM file.
  6. Click the Run button to apply the REs and create the Output GEDCOM File.


uri/../images/bluepin.gif Input GEDCOM File

Select the GEDCOM file that you wish to use as input to this process. This setting is "sticky".

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Output GEDCOM File

Enter (or select) the name of the GEDCOM file that you wish this process to create after applying the REs. This setting is "sticky".

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Regular Expressions (REs)

Enter the REs (one per line) that you wish this process to apply to the GEDCOM file. This setting is "sticky".

Each RE must be in the form:


For example, the following two REs will remove quoted nicknames from your GEDCOM file:

/ˆ(1 NAME .*)\".*\"(.*$)/$1$2/
/ˆ(2 GIVN .*)\".*\"(.*$)/$1$2/

For more information about REs, visit, or use your favorite search engine to locate additional resources.

Questions regarding REs will also be welcomed at

uri/../images/bluepin.gif View Input

Launches notepad.exe to view the Input GEDCOM File.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif View Output

Launches notepad.exe to view the Output GEDCOM File.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif RE Help

Click to get Help with REs.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Lines modified

The number of lines in the Input GEDCOM File that were modified by applying the REs.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Run

Click to apply the REs to the Input GEDCOM File and save as the Output GEDCOM File.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Close

Click to close this dialog.

uri/../images/bluepin.gif Help

You can use the ? (on the caption bar) or the \ key to display help for this dialog.

Introduction | Deluxe Features | Find Missing Information | Send Legacy Reminders | Tidy Legacy HTML | List Events | Find Unattached Multimedia | Add Events | Add To-Do's | Address Converter | Advanced Set Living++ | Advanced Tagging - Tag Living | Backup/Restore USR Files | Copy Master Event | Delete Master Events | Advanced Tagging - Y-DNA | Get IPTC Data | Global Text Search | Merge Basic to SourceWriter Sources | MRIN Filing Assistant | Repair Multimedia Paths | RegEx GEDCOM | Run Raw SQL | Set IPTC Data | Set Picture Captions | Set Special User IDs | Sort All Children | Sort Children of Tagged Individuals | Sort Events | Sort Marriages by Date | View Legacy Tables | Rename Non-Unique Multimedia | Advanced Tagging | Advanced Tagging - Ancestors Plus | Advanced Tagging - Mito DNA | Create Unknown Spouses | Remove Dead Multimedia Links | Data Bridge | Save/Restore Tags | Link Unattached Multimedia | Standard Features | Set Private/Invisible | Change To-Do Priorities | Clear IPTC Data | DAR Lineage Worksheet | Delete To-Do's | Include Citations by Surety Level | Include Citations by Verified Flag | Remove Medical Notes for Living Individuals | Search Citations | Search File IDs | Set Individual User IDs | Set Marriage User IDs | Set Birthday/Anniversary/Death Reminders | Set Source Surety Levels | Set Source Verified Flags | System Requirements | Contact Info | Miscellaneous Help | Legacy Tables | Product Registration | Edit Preferences | Command Line | Legacy Tables - tblSX.Type | pedigree.css | Source Template | Event Template | About Wiki Web Help | Miscellaneous Tools | Convert Long to Short U.S.A. Location Names