Tiny Tafel

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Tiny Tafel
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Developed bySpecification released by CommSoft 1986;36 years ago (1986).
Type of format Genealogy data matching system

The Tiny Tafel format [tye-nee tahf-uhl] [1] provides a compact way of describing the main surnames found in a family genealogy, which can be read by humans and matched by computers using a Tafel Matching System. [2] The Tiny Tafel lists the Soundex encoded representation of each surname (to allow for matching surnames with spelling variations), accompanied by a corresponding range of dates and locations associated with the surname. [3] Many genealogy programs can produce Tiny Tafel reports. Tiny Tafels were traditionally posted to public forums, such as a BBS (Bulletin Board System) [4] [5] and are still regularly used today with a number of internet sites that provide a Tafel Matching System, in order to indicate whether two genealogical databases have a probable connection or overlap.


Paul Andereck, former editor of Genealogical Computing magazine, proposed the idea and the specification was developed by Commsoft in 1986. [6] [7]


N Howard L. Nurse A COMMSOFT A 2257 Old Middlefield Way A Mountain View, CA  94043 T (415) 967-1900 S FidoNet 143/26 B COMMSOFT BBS/(415) 967-6730 C 2400/B/X D 5/IBM DSDD/360 F ROOTS II R Sample Kennedy database Z 29 A252 1915 1947 Auchincloss/MA B160 1698 1933 Bouvier/Long Island NY B530 1906 1939 Bennett/New York B620 1869 1933 Burke/Suffolk Co. MA C200 1803 1833 Cox\Ind C414 1861 1899 Caulfield\Norfolk Co. MA/Suffolk Co. MA C540 1868 1928 Connelly/Suffolk Co. MA F326 1690 1890 Fitzgerald/Suffolk Co. MA F430 1806 1836 Field/PA H200 1806 1857 Hickey/Suffolk Co. MA H500 1802 1865 Hannon/Middlesex Co. MA K500 1858 1892 Kane\Ireland/Suffolk Co. MA K530 1793*1957:Kennedy\Ireland/New York K530 1793*1984 Kennedy\Ireland/Wstchster Co. NY L000 1847 1906 Lee\MA/MA L163 1923 1961 Lawford\England/L.A. Co. CA L532 1753 1783 Lindsay\MA M500 1847 1890 Mahoney\Suffolk Co. MA/Suffolk Co. MA M610 1791 1821 Murphy/Wxfrd Co. IRE M626 1710 1766 Mercier\MA R324 1929 1959 Radziwill\MA S240 1892 1928 Skakel\Cook Co. IL/Cook Co. IL S530 1927 1960 Smith\Kings Co. NY/Suffolk Co. MA S616 1915 1965 Shriver\Carroll Co. MD/Suffolk Co. MA S625 1831 1861 Sergeant\MA T525 1947 1983 Townsend\Baltimore Co. MD/Middlesex Co. MA T653 1706 1736 Trintignant/IT V650 1783 1813 Vernou\CN/CN W453 1767 1797 Wilmouth\NH/MA W 11 Dec 1986 

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  2. Tiny Tafel Tutorial By Su Ryan "based on an article titled Tiny-Tafel for Database Scope Indexing by Paul Andereck in the April-May-June 1986 (vol 5, number 4) issue of Genealogical Computing." - Roots & Branches
  3. What is a Tiny Tafel? What is an ahnentafel?
  4. RootsWeb: ROOTS-L List of Tiny Tafel Matching System BBS'
  5. Tiny Tafel Family History Local History - Tiny Tafel on: Sunday 1 August 04 00:10 BST (UK)
  6. RootsWeb: CAN-MHSA-L [CAN-MHSA missing text] - From Bill Mumford Date Sat, 10 Nov 2007 16:38:15 -0700 To AFHS Distribution List Subject Digital Genealogist
  7. RootsWeb: GENCMP-L Re: Listen up; I'm back From: "Paul Andereck Ph.D." Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 19:35:01 GMT