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Personal Ancestral File [PAF]


Personal Ancestral File [PAF]

The Church of Latter Day Saints [LDS] will no longer issue updates for this program. This forum can help those who use it to share information with each other.

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PAF ~ Version 5.0

Started by Spivey. Last reply by Spivey Jan 9, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi everyone!  I received a new computer for Christmas and had to transfer my files.  That is when I discovered that the version of Personal Ancestral File I was using was outdated.  I knew PAF was no…Continue

How Many Files Can I Have?

Started by Spivey Sep 2, 2009. 0 Replies

How many PAF files can I have on my personal computer? For example, I only have one, currently, but want to download GEDCOMS from Ancestry for each Family that I maintain on Ancestry. Is that…Continue

Tags: Number, Files

Personal Ancestral File - by FamilySearch

Started by Unknown Ancestor. Last reply by Spivey Aug 31, 2009. 1 Reply

Personal Ancestral File is the correct title.The software is still free from applaud the staff of the Family History Library,…Continue

Tags: software, FamilySearch, FHL, GEDCOM, PAF

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Comment by Spivey on May 23, 2010 at 11:10am
Hello, everyone. It's been a while since I have talked to any of you. Hope your PAF is working okay. I just love that program and having received a new computer as a Mother's Day gift, I was concerned about losing data. I just went to the LDS site and downloaded the program again and everything is fine. I had to pay again for the Companion, though, because that could not be transferred, but it is worth the $6 + price tag. I have yet to be able to use both programs fully and would appreciate any tips, any at all. Thanks. Spivey
Comment by Spivey on November 8, 2009 at 3:29pm
Wow, Lew! First, I would think that you didn't save the original data in a PAF file. Check ALL of your PAF files for it. The data may have ended up in a PAF file that you are not opening.

If the file you send your relative doesn't automatically open in a PAF format, they can select the 'find a program to open' option, and select PAF from the resulting menu.

I am waiting for other users of PAF to join in and give some guidance. I want to learn more about PAF myself. Meantime, can you save the data again? If so, be sure you are in the Family Search files when you save it.

Sorry I couldn't help more. Spivey
Comment by Lewis Hartswick on November 8, 2009 at 11:27am
Got another question. I have quite a good size tree entered and now would like to
send a CD of it to a relative for checking and additions.
Assume the other person doesn't have any prior information or programs on the
computer. How do I provide the required PAF pgm. along with the data so they
can open and read ? I can't find on my computer where the pgm. is that I downloaded
a long time ago. It doesn't show in Program Files or with a search.
I tried just copying the file to the CD and tried opening it on another computer
but it obviously needs the .exe file of PAF to open. Ideas? help?
Comment by Spivey on October 30, 2009 at 1:30pm
Lew, I once deleted my whole side of the family when I deleted my daughter's husband when she separated from him [all because she no longer wanted him in HER tree, LOL]. So, make sure of who is connected to who. I probably just selected the wrong item from the menu. I would like to learn more about the many options PAF gives. Spivey
Comment by Lewis Hartswick on October 29, 2009 at 4:02pm
Thanks Spivey. Got it all sorted out but now a new problem popped up.
Working from both ends' so to speak' I have ended up with a marriage that
shows two entries but they are both the same data.. Not sure if I just delete one
of them will it still be there if the people are traced from either family. There was
a bunch of Moore's and Shivery's marrying back and forth that caused the
problem. I'll play with it a bit but may need another "clue".
Comment by Spivey on October 27, 2009 at 5:34pm
Lew, while you are in the individual's file, go to the menu at the top and click on 'Add'. That will allow you to add a spouse, child, or other parent to that person's file. The 'other parent' comes in handy in the case of adopted children. One of the many features I like about PAF, in addition to being able to add more than one spouse.
Comment by Lewis Hartswick on October 27, 2009 at 4:58pm
I need a bit of help. I started using PAF last spring and have quite a bunch of data
entered and when I went to add some more a few days ago I have a "memory
problem". :-) For multiple marriages, my old entries I have one male member with
two marriages and when viewing that person there is a small box above his name
for clicking to view the alternate marriage. I just tried to add a cousins daughter
with 3 marriages and can't find out how I did it before. Any one know what I need
to do to make it work again? Guess my memory is failing. :-(

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