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From: "Gary R. Templeman" <>
Subject: Re: [PAF-4] need advice on how to read a 2.31 disc
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 16:53:52 -0700
It is very easy and there are a number of options. Many Family History
Centers still have version 2.31 still installed on their computers so it can
be read there and a gedcom created or the file converted. PAF versions 3X
and 4.0 read and convert the PAF 2.31 files directly, although there were
sometimes some errors doing it that way. Using a gedcom intermediary may be
better. I have posted below the information from the PAF 4 help file.
Converting files from previous versions of Personal Ancestral File
Versions 3.0, 3.0M, and 3.01M
If you have a file from Personal Ancestral File 3.0 or higher, you do not
need to convert it. You can still use it in Personal Ancestral File 3.0.
However, if you add multimedia or "other" events, you can see them only in
version 4.0 because 3.0 has no way to display or print them.
Versions 2.0 to 2.31
If you have a file from Personal Ancestral File 2.0 to 2.31, you must
convert it before you can use it in version 4.0. To convert a database, you
simply find the INDIV2.DAT file and open it into Personal Ancestral File
Tip: During the conversion, your INDIV2.DAT file will not be changed, so you
can still use it in the previous version of the software.
The PAF 2.x File Conversion screen has three options that allow you to
customize the conversion process:
Wrap note lines into paragraphs Before version 3.0, Personal Ancestral File
put a hard line break after each line of notes of 79 characters. The result
is the same as if you had pressed Enter after each line.Click this option to
remove the line breaks within notes. The conversion process will not change
the double line breaks between paragraphs.If you do not click this option,
your notes will print only about two-thirds of the way across a page.
Preserve old RIN numbers Click this option to keep the RIN numbers used in
your previous database.
Convert old source notes into new source cit. records If you used the source
guidelines from the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group (SVPAFUG) or from the
Personal Ancestral File 2.31 manual to type your sources into notes, you can
have these converted into sources. Each time the conversion process finds
such a source, it pauses and shows you how the information will be
converted. You can then make changes and indicate whether or not you want it
to be converted. All of your notes that are not sources will be transferred
to notes.Tip: If you are not sure if you followed these guidelines, use this
option to convert them to sources anyway. It will probably be faster than
transferring the notes manually.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "gencon" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2001 9:23 AM
Subject: [PAF-4] need advice on how to read a 2.31 disc
> I have someone that has asked me a question, she is most unhappy because -
> her computer is old - very old she has put all of her data on 2.31- her
> daughter -in-law wanted the data - but no one can read it- we have all
> gotten rid of the old programs - any suggestions?
> Is it possible to update her disk to what we have now?
> Wilma Fleming Haynes
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