Seeking free/open software or method to view/edit PAF file in Windows 10

How do I open a PAF file in Windows 10?

Running PAF

  1. Plug your flash drive into a USB port on the computer and wait for Windows to recognize it. …
  2. Double-click the shortcut to PAF5 on your flash drive.
  3. Select Open an Existing PAF File and navigate to the family file on the flash drive, select the file and click Open.

How do I use a PAF file?

Get Started Using your PAF file in AQ

  1. Open up PAF with the file that you wish to bring into Ancestral Quest.
  2. Up on the menu bar, select File then Backup.
  3. Name the backup file, as desired, and click the Backup button.
  4. Once you are notified that the backup is complete, click OK.
  5. Exit out of the PAF program.

What is Gedcom data?

The acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. GEDCOM is a data structure created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for storing and exchanging genealogical information so that many different computer programs can use it.

What programs can open PAF?

paf files and they can be opened using applications such as FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File and RootsMagic. Besides that, the . paf file extension is also used as a Portable Application Installer File wherein these . paf files are used as installer files found in USB flash drive applications.

What program opens PAF files?

There is no known program that can open and play PAF animations. However, you can convert the animation in a PAF file to a more common video file type with FFmpeg. After converting the file, you can play it with a media player, such as Microsoft Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime Player.

What happened to Personal Ancestral File?

Personal Ancestral File has been discontinued. According to, “On July 15, 2013, PAF was retired and is no longer available for download or support. Current PAF users may continue to use the software on their personal computers.”

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