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Personal Ancestral File – commonly called PAF – is a solid genealogy software package designed by The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, a religion well-known for their pursuit of genealogical research—and it's free! PAF has been designed for easy data input; in fact, this program set the standard that most other genealogy programs follow to import and export gedcom files.

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Personal Ancestral File will allow the beginner, weekend and professional genealogist to accomplish their research in an organized, efficient manner. However, higher ranked products will take your reports a step further; you can produce twice as many reports in other programs compared to those offered by Personal Ancestral File (see product comparisons) .

Ease of Use

Personal Ancestral File with its intuitive design is very well organized and makes it easy to jump right in and get started recording your family history information.

Charting Capabilities

This product is very easy to install. No problems.

Data Management

Personal Ancestral File has several options available in the Help menu to assist the user in optimizing his efforts. It offers a Getting Started Guide, User's Guide, Lessons Tutorial, Feedback, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and Help Topic Section. For Tech Support if you cannot find the answer to your question using the User's Guide or FAQ, then use the Feedback option to submit your question for a response.


Overall, Personal Ancestral File will allow the average genealogist to record and organize his genealogical research in an easy, efficient and organized fashion.

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