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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.  
  
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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There are dozens of other commercial genealogical software programs available for purchase, as well. 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.  
  
*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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*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>
 
*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.
 
*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.
  
 
[[Mac Genealogy Software|Mac Genealogy Software]]  
 
[[Mac Genealogy Software|Mac Genealogy Software]]  
  
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[[Windows Genealogy Software|Windows Genealogy&nbsp;Software]]  
  
 
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Revision as of 20:57, 7 January 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.

There are dozens of other commercial genealogical software programs available for purchase, as well. 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.  

Mac Genealogy Software

Windows Genealogy Software