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PAF - Personal Ancestral File
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) is a free genealogy and family history program available from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can get it download it from the Family Search site <>
PAF allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize and share your family history and genealogy information.
Also available is PAF Companion which allows creation and printing of your family tree in colorful ancestor and descendant charts with It's easy and fully compatible with PAF.

If wanted, these programs are together on a CD version for about $9.00 USD.

Excellent product by Ohana Software that expands PAF capabilities.

PAF Insight and its upcoming new release as FamilyInsight provide easy ways to enhance usage your existing PAF files It does not replace PAF but works in tandem with it to produce expanded possibilities of organizing and searching online much easier.

PAF Insight offers powerful tools to organize, review and improve your PAF record base. Some examples of the tools included are:
• Search IGI (International Genealogical Index)
• See compare and update data in you PAF file
• Add as new individual or merge duplicate records
• View Pedigrees and correct alter pedigrees
• Assign RIN's as needed
• Sort and view your PAF records by categories (All records, Incomplete Records, Ordinances Needed, etc.). Specifically select items to update with each record reviewed
• Compare ad Synchronize Two PAF Databases. Highlights differences and empty data fields with color to make process easier.
• Merge PAF files
• Import GEDCOM files. You can "trim" or cull out unnecessary family trees that are duplications or not wanted in the file you are working on.

PAF Insight will soon be upgraded with new enhancements and offered as FamilyInsight. If you obtained PAF Insight recently transition will be an automatic upgrade for those with older versions you will need to check with Ohana Software about upgrade procedures.

Some other good tools offered by Ohana Software
AniMap 3.0
• U.S. County Boundary Historical Atlas for Windows

PAF Pal 5
• Add-on program for PAF 5 by Pal Software
• Expand postal code abbreviations - Add USA to places with US states

Passage Express
• Share photos and create multimedia presentations - Burn to CDs or DVDs

Personal Historian
• Organize and write personal histories - Easily share with others


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Last Revised: February 23,2009 (created - September 1, 2008)