Layton Personal Ancestral File Users Group

If you’re in the Northern Utah area you might be interested in the Layton Personal Ancestral File Users Group (LPAFUG).

LPFUG meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:15 pm at the Layton Hills Family History Center (LHFHC), 2300 North 1200 West, Layton, Utah 84041.

PAF helps you manage your family history (genealogy) information, creates pedigree files, and family group sheets.

Here’s your chance to share your expertise, ask questions, and learn how to use PAF.

No cost to join in!

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LDS Church and Family History Software

Many of you already know, the standard genealogy software for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been PAF (Personal Ancestral File). The software hasn’t seen an update in a long, long time, and most people have moved on to Legacy.

I just read a Church Memo: no future development is planned for PAF. Instead, the Church is developing an online tool that will enable you to import your GEDCOM file and use it online. They are advising that you do not import large GEDCOMs for various reasons. They do not plan to offer an “offline” software, but assure us that there will be 3rd party applications that will be enabled to sync with the new online tool.

No ETA regarding its public availability was mentioned.

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Most Family Historians we know use either Legacy or PAF as their family history/genealogy software of choice. While both of these programs do their jobs well, neither has really pushed the envelope of what can be done or how data is entered or presented. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing, but we’re not alone in our observations.

The folks over at Vertigo have used Microsoft’s latest technologies to “re-write” how family history works – or at least how you input and view your data.

imageThough the power of WPF (Microsoft’s new presentation engine) Family.Show has the ability to display your family tree in ways that you wouldn’t have imagined.

The program can import your GEDCOM file.

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