Personal Ancestral File 5.2
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Personal Ancestral File 5.2

Free Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is an excellent tool for genealogists and family historians
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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.

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


  • Needs typing information for each person (intense data entry)

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rating Paul Shannon
I've never needed anything else. It works for me on Windows 10 Pro.

Is there a more modern freeware alternative, just in case?

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Gayle Moffatt
Need help. Downloaded PAF Have windows 10 Pro. Cannot edit, add people to PAF or print reports. Tried to delete program. Won't delete. How can I make PAF work?

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Paul Shannon
Gayle Moffatt, it works fine for me on Windows 10 Pro (build 18363).

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Gayle Moffatt
Downloaded, have windows 10Pro build 19045.2673 Cannot add people to PAF.

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