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Tiny Tafel
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Developed bySpecification released by CommSoft 1986; 38 years ago (1986).
Type of formatGenealogy 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 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
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


  1. ^ Genealogy Glossary - tiny tafel
  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

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