Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

This was the first Windows-based release. It used the 32-bit ANSI API.

There are some languages (for instance, Spanish) for which the localized version of PAF 4.x is still available but for which there is no localized version of PAF 5.x.

Application Details:

Version: 4.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0

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Test Results

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What works

I tried PAF v. 5 and had the usual problem with fonts showing in different size. On a whim I installed v. 4 and it installed and operates flawlessly. My database is 23,000+ names and PAF handles it easily. In importing my Legacy files into PAF format I had to import to PAF 4 Gedcoms. PAF 4 can't read newer Gedcom files but that's no problem.

Fonts size properly on v. 4, data entry is fine, all reports print out as they should (on a networked laserjet I might add), right click menu items all work, including photos, multimedia and notes. Performance is as quick and snappy as in Windows.

What does not

Absolutely nothing that I can find after using PAF 4 for several days. Flawless operation!


What was not tested

Everthing I can think of was tested with absolutely no failures or lockups.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I would prefer to use PAF 5 but I can't get around the problem with the fonts. No doubt someone with more knowledge than me will solve that situation soon.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 22.04 "Jammy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 10 20238.0Yes Yes NoPlatinumMarco 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 7.x "Wheezy" x86_64Jan 19 20141.6.2Yes Yes NoPlatinumRobert Riches 
ShowMageia 2Nov 17 20131.7.6Yes Yes NoPlatinumRobert Riches 
ShowMageia 2Sep 01 20131.7.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumRobert Riches 
ShowMageia 2Jun 30 20131.6-rc4Yes Yes NoPlatinumRobert Riches 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

AppDB page maintenance has been suspended.

Maintenance of this AppDB page has been suspended, because PAF has been unsupported since about July 15, 2013.  A comment was posted in August, 2013 asking whether anyone still uses this application, and there has been no response.

If anyone does use this application, please post a comment.  If anyone does use this application, I'll probably resume regular testing with new versions of Wine.  (If someone else wants to be a maintainer of this page, I won't be opposed.)