PAF 5.1.x overview
Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
Personal Ancestral File 5.1 (Build 5.1.12) is a new
Windows®-based version of one of the most widely used
genealogical management programs for home computers. The new
software program can be downloaded free from the Internet. PAF
5.1 does not provide genealogical data. Instead, it helps users
organize their family history records. It can produce, either on
screen or on paper, family histories, pedigree charts, family
group records, and other reports to help users in their search
for missing ancestors. This version includes changes to the
individual record to accommodate the wide variety of naming
conventions used throughout the world. This version will convert
PAF 3.0 and 4.0 data files to its improved file format.
Features allow users to:
Type each person's information only once.
Link individuals to families.
Type names and places using characters from any language.
Create templates to customize data entry.
Print pedigrees, family groups, or lists.
Track your research sources.
Use photos, sound clips, video, and notes to add interest and value.
Search, find, and correct information.
View family information in different ways.
Match/merge duplicate entries.
Share your information with others.
View screens and print reports in either English, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or Swedish.
Windows 95B, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 or Windows 95A with Microsoft Internet Explorer
Pentium PC or iMac with a Windows emulator
32 MB memory
20 MB to 60 MB hard-disk space
256-color display adapter supporting at least 800 x 600 screen resolution
Optional: Internet access, printer, mouse
PAF 5.1.12 Download Instructions and Options.
PAF 5.1 is now available in more than one language. You can
download the program in one language and add additional
languages as needed, or download one file with all languages and
options. You can type names and other information in any
language in PAF 5.1. However, to see the program screens and
reports in one of the languages, you will need that language.
(The program is free!)
Visit FamilySearch to
Download this program!
PAF 5.1 in One Language
Click the download button for the program in the language you
want. Select and write down the location where you want to save
the file. After the file is downloaded, go to that location and
double-click the file you downloaded. Each file includes
a user's guide.
English (Size: 9.7 MB)
German (Size: 10.1 MB)
Japanese (Size: 10.2 MB)
Chinese (Size: 9.8 MB)
Korean (Size: 10.3 MB)
Swedish (Size: 10.0 MB)
Add A Language
If you need to run PAF 5.1 in more than one language, click to
download each additional language file.
Download Lessons (English only). (Size: 8.5 MB)
(Highly recommended for all beginners)
The lessons are available to download or to view online. Install
PAF 5.1 first. To use the lessons select Lessons from the PAF
5.1 Help menu.
Download International Font. (Size: 11 MB)
This font or another Unicode font is needed to display characters
from languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. During
installation this font will be copied to the Windows Font Folder.
All in One
All Languages and Options. (Size: 38.9 MB)
This includes program files for English, German, Japanese,
Chinese, Korean, and Swedish; the user's guides; lessons (English
only); and international font. Use only if you have a high_speed
Internet connection, such as DSL.
PAF data viewer for Palm handhelds. (Size: 52 KB)
The Personal Ancestral File 5.0 User's Guide is in the Adobe PDF
format and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later to view. If
you need the reader, click to download it free.
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