Posted By:BJ
Subject:Re: downloaded PAF software --now what do i do?
Post Date:May 09, 2006 at 11:37:24
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Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
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In any genealogy software program (actually any software),
the user either creates a NEW file, or opens an existing file... and adds data (typing in data, or importing datafile).

At the gray screen in PAF --
(select) FILE, NEW (or OPEN and select existing file). (After creating a FILE in PAF, you could import a GEDCOM file if had one that you'd downloaded from other.)

But you'll definitely want to type in your own data on your family.

You'll find these helpful:
PAF Tutorial -

PAF User's Guide (vers. 4) - free download

Genealogy software files store the data in a database --
PAF stores data as a GEDCOM, a generic genealogy data file that can be exported to other genealogy software.

FTM (Family TreeMaker) -- stores data as an FTM file, but the dataset can be exported in various forms. The export from FTM as a GEDCOM(PAF type) is not a true PAF-Gedcom and some info such as notes, sources, etc. may not convert.

I think most folks prefer whichever software they've used most, although some later evolve to more advanced and complex genealogy programs.

I started with PAF years ago before they had a user guide or tutorial, and have used FTM briefly -- but I greatly prefer PAF. Folks who started with FTM prefer that.