Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
Downloads and support for PAF end JULY 15, 2013
Moving Forward without PAF
What you need to know.
What is happening?
FamilySearch will no longer offer PAF downloads or support after JULY 15, 2013.
Why is it happening?
Advances in technology, strong alternatives from third parties, and the need to focus on the latest FamilySearch initiatives have diminished the need for PAF as part of the FamilySearch offering.
How do I move to another software program?
It’s easy. FamilySearch recommends that you choose one of the following free, third-party products that have each been certified to work with FamilySearch and the Family Tree.
Try one of these family history record managers from our FamilySearch partners today.
Frequently asked questions
From PAF users
What does it mean that PAF is no longer supported?
FamilySearch will not assist users with features of PAF. FamilySearch will provide limited support for moving PAF data to a compatible third-party app.
Can I continue using PAF?
Yes. PAF will continue to work on all versions of Windows as of 2013, including Windows 8. Just be aware that it will no longer be supported or improved. We strongly recommend choosing an alternative product (see above).
Can I put my PAF data online in FamilySearch Family Tree?
Since PAF does not integrate with FamilySearch Family Tree directly, you will need to use an alternative product, as suggested here. These products will be able to import your PAF data directly, enabling you to connect to FamilySearch and copy your data to and from the web as desired.
Which third-party app should I use?
The answer to this is completely subject to your preference. Therefore, we suggest you check out each of the apps and compare for yourself. We have provided a simple set of links to information and downloads about the products with our recommended partners (see above).
Does FamilySearch endorse the use of third-party apps?
Yes. The Family History Department has made significant investments in conjunction with our partners in order to offer great solutions for everyone. Using third-party products in conjunction with FamilySearch online services is something we encourage and fully endorse.
Will Charting Companion for PAF (previously known as PAF Companion) continue to work?
Yes. Just bear in mind that PAF itself is no longer supported. Please contact Progeny Genealogy for more information and support.
Will FamilySearch make the source code of PAF available to software developers?
At this time, there are no plans to release the source code as open source or in any other structure. Continuing development of PAF, even outside of FamilySearch, would still put FamilySearch in a position to support it (by perception, if not obligation). Our support staff is targeted toward other goals and priorities after JULY 15, 2013.
What languages are supported by the alternative applications?
Each partner product supports entering, saving, and displaying data (names, places, dates, etc.) in any chosen language, including Russian, Asian, and other character sets and diacritics. However, for the app interface (menus, buttons, etc.), not all languages are available. Please follow the links to each product page to see the languages they support.
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