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Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 20:58:57 -0500
To: raber, Dale Kinslow <dkinslow>, ray Crooks <rcrooks>,
Duston Stout <duston1>, rjcreech, jjtl01, jbl, Dihudd
From: Roy Waller <rwall(a)icon.net>
Subject: New Free PAF 4.0 from the LDS Church
The attached information about the PAF4.0 and Clooz V1.2 was from Eastman's
- P.A.F. Version 4.0 for Windows - A Free Program
Beginning Monday morning June 28, The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints is offering free downloads of Personal Ancestral
File version 4.0. This is a brand new version of one of the most
popular genealogy programs in the world. The new version has two
major changes from previous versions: (1.) for the first time it
is a Windows program, and (2.) it is a free program. Personal
Ancestral File version 4.0 will be available to everyone online.
Personal Ancestral File has always been known as a "bare bones"
genealogy program that does the basics. It has also been famous
for its low price. Ten years ago the low-end genealogy programs
sold for $50.00 or so while more powerful ones cost $200 and more.
In those days, Personal Ancestral File, usually referred to as
PAF, sold for $35.00. In 1997 The LDS Church released PAF version
3.0. Software prices had tumbled, and many genealogy programs were
selling for $35.00 or less. As a result, the price of PAF 3.0 was
dropped to $15.00.
Prices of genealogy software have continued to drop further in the
past two years, and apparently the LDS Church is reacting by
cutting the price still further. Personal Ancestral File has the
ultimate bargain price: zero dollars. Another factor is the low-
cost distribution method available today: digital downloads. While
the capability of downloading digital files has been available for
more than 15 years, it has become a lot more popular with the
explosion of the World Wide Web. By making the new PAF version 4.0
available on the Web, the LDS Church does not have to pay for CD-
ROM disks, packaging, printed manuals, warehouse space, postage,
or the labor involved in receiving orders and packing the product
into shipping boxes.
The other significant change is the choice of Windows. In the June
5, 1999 newsletter I repeated a rumor of a new Windows version.
Earlier versions of PAF were available only for MS-DOS and for
Macintosh. While the Mac version has always sported a user-
friendly, event-driven interface, the MS-DOS version has long
looked rather archaic with its menu-driven interface. There are
very few MS-DOS programs available in today's marketplace. The
switch to Windows seemed inevitable; PAF is the last of the
popular genealogy programs to make that switch.
Personal Ancestral File version 4.0 requires the following:
* Windows 95, 98 or NT
* 486/66 processor or faster with a Pentium processor strongly
* At least 16 megabytes of memory. The program will run even
faster with more memory.
* 20 megabytes of hard disk space
* A 256-color display adapter supporting 640x480 screen
resolution. However, the program is optimized for 800x600
Obviously, Internet access is required to obtain the program
although such access is not required during the program's
operation. Personal Ancestral File 4.0 will also be available on
CD-ROM for a nominal price in early 2000. The exact price hasn't
been announced, but apparently it will be just enough to cover the
cost of making the CD-ROM disks, handling and postage. Users will
be able to purchase the CD-ROM version from the Church's
distribution centers worldwide.
The Macintosh version of Personal Ancestral File has not changed
for some time and it continues to sell for $35.00. This week's
announcement did not mention any changes in the Macintosh version.
Version 4.0 of Personal Ancestral File for Windows should be
available Monday morning at: http://www.familysearch.org
- Clooz Version 1.2
Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens has released version 1.2 of her program,
Clooz. Here are some excerpts from the announcement:
A universal difficulty encountered by genealogists of all
capabilities, ages, and nationalities is finding a workable
filing system for the mass of paper inevitably collected.
Clooz version 1.2 comes to the rescue! Released in early June,
this upgrade adds many new features to the backbone of thirty-
five templates for entering genealogical data from myriad
Clooz is not a traditional genealogical database program in
which linkages are made between people of different
generations. Instead, Clooz is designed as an electronic
filing system, assisting genealogists with systematically
organizing their documents. Therefore, Clooz is a document-
based program in which linkages are made between documents and
the people contained within them. The online manual explains
in depth the organizing principles recommended by creator
Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CGRS. This manual is also available
for download from the Internet at
Clooz contains templates for all U.S. Federal censuses, 1790-
1920; all U.K. censuses, 1841-1891; all major Canadian
censuses, 1852-1901; the two available Irish censuses, 1901
and 1911; two generic censuses; photos; directories;
miscellaneous documents (i.e., vital records, land, wills,
etc.); correspondence; Irish valuation; sources and people.
There are provisions in the program for importing a list of
people from most genealogical programs, including Family Tree
Maker, Ultimate Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File,
Ancestral Quest, Legacy, Brother's Keeper, The Master
Genealogist, and Family Origins.
The upgrade contains more typical Windows features, including
the ability to add a database using the Windows File Open
dialog box, use of the Escape key to back out of unintended
places, the ability to edit drop-down lists, and better print
control through use of the Windows Print dialog box.
With the addition of a more comprehensive report for an
individual, Clooz becomes valuable as a research tool. After
entering data, a person's report can be previewed and the user
will see at a glance all census, directory, document, and
photo entries for that person. Additionally, because of the
way the data is listed, the report can be used to see trends
or research gaps and can become a tool for planning further
research. An example of this report can be viewed at
The suggested retail price for Clooz version 1.2 is $39.95 U.S.
funds. There is a lot more information available on the Clooz Web
site at: http://www.ancestordetective.com