PAF and Other Genealogy Software
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, click here. Be advised, however, that the latest version of PAF does not include codes for the latest LDS temples. Workers at the Family History Library are telling people that neither FamilySearch nor the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing support for PAF anymore.
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, click here and follow the instructions.
• To learn more about other genealogy software, visit Cyndi's List / Software and Computers section, browse the categories, and visit the different sites.
• Many of these products are compatible with FamilySearch. To see a list of FamilySearch-affiliated products, click here.