Posted By:Disk Doctor
Subject:Re: Upward and onward ... ver 2.31 (DOS) to ???
Post Date:March 19, 2003 at 18:16:38
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Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
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The recommended way to upgrade your file (and retain your notes) from PAF 2 to PAF 5 is as follows:

First: Make sure you have a current backup of your PAF 2 database.

Second: Scan your file for problems and fix them if possible in PAF 2. (In the Utilities Menu there is a "Fix data files" option - use it.)

Third: Open your PAF 2 data file (Indiv2.dat) in PAF (This is available for free download at under "Order/Download Products"; and is also available on the PAF 5.0 and PAF 5.2 CDs) This will convert the PAF 2 file into PAF 3/4 format, and give you a lot of conversion options.

Fourth: Open the resulting PAF 4 file in PAF 5, which will convert it to PAF 5 format.

Of course, you could always just export your PAF 2 file as a GEDCOM and import that into PAF 5, bypassing the PAF 4 program altogether - but I have had the best results with the steps above.

If you have further questions, you can contact PAF Support at:

Hope this helps!!!