The newest version of Personal Ancestral File, the Church's Windows-based version of its genealogical management program for personal computers, can now be downloaded free of charge from the new FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service www.familysearch.org.
Personal Ancestral File 4.0 was made available on the Internet service on June 28, just five weeks after the service's launch.
The program does not provide genealogical data. Instead, it helps users organize their family history records. It can produce, in automated or manual form, records for personal family histories or charts and logs to help users in their search for missing ancestors. It also includes new multi-media features and enhances the more popular features of the preceding version, PAF 3.0.
These are the system requirements for PAF 4.0:
- Windows 95/98/NT version.
- IBM compatible 486/66 processor (Pentium recommended).
- 16-32 MB memory
- 20 MB hard disk space
- 254-color display adapter supporting 640x480 screen resolution (but optimized for 800x600).
- Internet access (if downloading from Internet).
- CD-ROM (not available until sometime in early 2000).
Personal Ancestral File will also be available on CD-ROM for a nominal price in early 2000 from the Church's distribution centers worldwide.