An Introduction into the Usage of Personal Ancestral File Computer software.pptx by hcj


									         An Introduction into the Usage of
Personal Ancestral File Computer Software
   Ottawa Ontario Stake Family History Centre
            By Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Director

                                  The Church of
                                 JESUS CHRIST
                            of Latter-day Saints
Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

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On-line tutorial

 Down load PAF at
What we will learn about PAF today:
   Creating a New File in PAF
   Filling in the “Prepared by” Defaults
   Views Available in PAF
   RINs and MRINs
   Notes
   Attaching Media Files
   Searchable Lists
   Help Function
   Printing Options
   GEDCOM Files
   PAF Companion
Family View – Primary Position
Family View
 Shows the Primary
 Parents of the
 Spouse of the
 Children of the
Family View – Moving the Primary
Child in the Primary Position
Solid Triangle – Indicates Notes or Sources
for that individual
Solid Square – Family View
RINs and MRINs in PAF
 RINs are Record Identification Numbers which are
  assigned to each individual as you add your ancestors
  into PAF
 MRINs are Marriage Record Identification Numbers
  which are assigned to each marriage record that is
  added into PAF
 These numbers help to identify individuals and
  marriages and provide another way of searching and
  retrieving records in PAF
Edit Tab in PAF
Edit Individual Screen- Adding Notes
Edit Screen - Notes
Edit Individual Screen- Add Multi Media
Edit - Add Multimedia
Add tab in PAF – Drop Down Menu
Add Tab in PAF- Adding A Child
Adding Individuals
View Tab
 From the View Tab button you can choose what view
  you would like to see

1. Family
2. Pedigree
3. Individual
Pedigree View
Individual View
Search Tab – Searchable Lists in PAF
 You can search through a variety of lists
1. Individual List
2. Marriage List
3. Descendancy List
4. Find by RIN/MRIN
5. Advanced Focus/Filter
6. Home Person
7. On FamilySearch Internet
Search Tab – Individual List
Individual View –
Choosing Search Tab then On FamilySearch from the drop down menu, double
click to perform a search on the Primary Position at website
Searching at
Search Results on
Help Button – Look for the ? icon
Index Tab – Decimal numbers for Diacritics
Search Tab - How to Print
Printing Options
 Genealogical Data Communication File
 GEDCOM files are computer data format files that
  were created by the LDS church in order to facilitate
  sharing and transfer of genealogical data
 It is now a standard type of file used throughout the
  globe in data sharing for genealogical researchers
 GEDCOM files are used to import and export data
  into PAF
File- Import or Export
Importing –GEDCOM Files
Completing the Import Process
PAF Companion
 Add on software which allows you to manipulate your data
  in a more sophisticated manner
 Fan Charts
 Colour Ancestor and Descendant Charts

It is a whole other presentation!

 Free basic version can be downloaded at
 Full version costs $6.75 US and can be purchased on-line.
Personal Ancestral File (PAF)
 Questions??

Ottawa Stake Family History Centre
1017 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON

Shirley-Ann Pyefinch

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