GEDCOM is an acronym for Genealogical Data Communication. It is the wildcard of the genealogy world. With this tool, genealogists can share information with other genealogists all over the world. This global exposure increases a genealogists chances of connecting with others who have information about their family tree. It makes the genealogy "global village" possible. The GEDCOM file format was developed and is owned by the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is universally compatible with the large variety of genealogy software available to genealogists.