Personal Ancestral File

Personal Ancestral File

PAF is a genealogy program useful to help you store family history records
4.1  (36 votes)
5.2.18 (See all)

Personal Ancestral File is a genealogy program developed to help you collect, store and organize family history records and information. It is an exquisite tool to build a detailed family tree.
One of the most important features in this application is its ease of use. The interface is well-organized and simple. It has been translated to several languages: English, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Swedish.
The application organizes your information on different reports like pedigree charts, family group records, descendants charts, individual summaries, calendars and other custom reports. It permits you to create and store an ancestral database with individual data entering for each ancestor with demographic information, notes, references and pictures. You must type each person's information and then it allows you to link individuals or families and display each person in the relationships you request.

Also, you can set various preferences, such as fonts, colors and format, add multimedia resources as digitized and scanned photos, video clips, and sound files to individual records, create templates to customize data entry, print reports, track research sources, search, find, and correct information, view family information in different ways, filter searches, share information with others and publish Information on the World Wide Web.
There is a User’s Guide for online help.
This program is distributed as Freeware and it will work under Win98/98SE/Me/2000/NT/XP.

Guada Morán
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Review summary


  • Free.
  • Easy to use.
  • Information is encrypted for increased security


  • Needs typing information for each person (intense data entry)
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Wolfgang van der Grinten

Wolfgang van der Grinten Where can I download PAF 5?

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Peter M S

Peter M S Where can I get Personal Ancestral File?

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Gerald Hofer

Gerald Hofer The only genealogy program I have used and still love it. So simple and easy to use. So happy it is still available on the Internet for a free download. Please keep it available online.

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drifter Can you tell me where PAF 5.2 is still available on the Internet as a free download? Thank you.

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