PAF and Other Genealogy Software

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The Family History Department offers a computer program for genealogical notekeeping called PAF (Personal Ancestral File) for free.  
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'''Personal Ancestral File (PAF)''' is a genealogy management software product provided free of charge by FamilySearch. PAF allows users to enter names, dates, source citations, image files and other source information into a database. That information can then be used to print forms and charts, such as family group records, pedigree charts, descendancy charts, and so on. PAF also allows you to share your genealogical files with other researchers using GEDCOM formatted files. It also links image files and media files to individual records. Downloads are available from [[FamilySearch Downloads]].  A complete list of all LDS Temple codes can be found at [http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/codes/ ldschurchtemples.com].
  
Computer genealogy programs allow you to enter the name of your ancestors once, and then create a variety of family group records, pedigrees, descendencies, and other genealogical charts. These programs also have features that allow you to list sources, share your data with others, and store related family photos and document images.  
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FamilySearch provides support for PAF. You can call support at 1-866-406-1830 or email [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org].  
  
*To begin downloading PAF for free, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/simplePAFRegistration.asp click here] and follow the instructions. <br>
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== Other Genealogy Software ==
*To learn more about other genealogy software, visit [http://www.cyndislist.com/software.htm Cyndi's List / Software and Computers] section, browse the categories, and visit the different sites.
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[[Mac Genealogy Software|Mac Genealogy Software]]  
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There are dozens of other commercial genealogical software programs available for purchase. Each of these products provide their own unique approach to gathering, storing and using your data and image files to list sources, share data with others, and create various forms and reports.
 
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* To learn more about other genealogy software, visit [http://www.cyndislist.com/software/ Cyndi's List / Software and Computers] section, browse the categories, and visit the different sites.
[[Windows_Genealogy_Software|Windows Genealogy&nbsp;Software]]
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* Many of these products are compatible with FamilySearch.
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* FamilySearch maintains a list of [https://www.familysearch.org/products FamilySearch-affiliated products].
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* [[Mac Genealogy Software|Mac Genealogy Software]]  
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* [[Windows Genealogy Software|Windows Genealogy Software]]  
  
 
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Revision as of 07:35, 15 October 2011

Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a genealogy management software product provided free of charge by FamilySearch. PAF allows users to enter names, dates, source citations, image files and other source information into a database. That information can then be used to print forms and charts, such as family group records, pedigree charts, descendancy charts, and so on. PAF also allows you to share your genealogical files with other researchers using GEDCOM formatted files. It also links image files and media files to individual records. Downloads are available from FamilySearch Downloads. A complete list of all LDS Temple codes can be found at ldschurchtemples.com.

FamilySearch provides support for PAF. You can call support at 1-866-406-1830 or email support@familysearch.org.

Other Genealogy Software

There are dozens of other commercial genealogical software programs available for purchase. Each of these products provide their own unique approach to gathering, storing and using your data and image files to list sources, share data with others, and create various forms and reports.