Early 2001 - Version 5 of PAF is now available for free download from the LDS website.
There follows below this preamble a copy of a letter, dated May 10, 1997, received by registered users of PAF earlier versions. At the end of the document are some comments which are, or may be, relevant. This page is intended was placed originally as a source of information to members, or potential members, of the Tay Valley Family History Society, but is not exclusively of their interest. The author was, at the original time of writing this, proposing that the TVFHS create a computer database using the PAF program now that it can handle millions of records. Members, and others, were to be encouraged to send GEDCOM files of their Family history to the TVFHS and their records would be added to a huge database. Unfortunately, TVFHS have stated that there is more than enough outstanding work (carried out only by volunteers) to be done at the TVFHS Centre and it would not be possible to take on any more. If, you, the reader, have any comments about this proposal / idea please forward a message to the author (see end). It is not my intention to try to change the views of TVFHS.
There are other related pages to this one and you are advised to read ALL of these in order to find out about the PAF database proposal.
May 10, 1997
Dear Personal Ancestral File® User:
We are pleased to announce the release of Personal Ancestral File 3.0. This new release allows you to update and use data from previous versions. The following new features are among the major changes made to the software:
Using the enclosed order form, you may purchase this new version by mail from the Salt Lake Distribution Center or your local distribution center if you are outside the United States and Canada. You also may purchase it in person at Salt Lake Distribution Center stores. The price is $15.00, the same for registered, non-registered, and first-time users. The package contains the software on 3.5" and 5.25" high-density disks, the Personal Ancestral File 3.0 User's Guide, an order form for software on low-density disks (if needed), and the Getting Started manual.
To successfully run Personal Ancestral File 3.0 for MS-DOS®, the following minimum system configuration is recommended:
We are confident that Personal Ancestral File 3.0 will be a useful tool as you manage your family history information.
Family History Department
If you are not already aware of PAF or are do not have the latest edition the information above should be of use to you. Bear in mind that it refers to new features and does not list the considerable amount of functions and features of which the program is capable. On the 'net there are many references to PAF and GEDCOM, the method of transfer of data from one Family History Computer System to another.
In order to understand the complete original proposal you should also read the following-
PAF Version 4 for Windows can use PAF 3 Data without changes.
As at the date below the latest PAF software version is 5, available for FREE download from the LDS site at www.familysearch.org.. You should check there for the latest version revision.
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