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From: Alf Christophersen 02 45 41 97 <>
Subject: Letter from soc.roots on usenet netnews (2)
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 89 20:46:21 EDT
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From: (Peter Fales)
Subject: Re: Software Info Request II
Date: 15 Jun 89 04:10:31 GMT
Organization: AT&T Bell Laboratories
In article <>, (Jon Crisler) writes:
> Hello netlings,
> Due to the lack of response from my first posting, I will again attempt to
> elicit some responses. If there are enough responses, I will summarize and
> post results to the net. Round two ...
> I have a friend that is interested in porting over all of his hand written
> geneaology records onto a computer. His main interests lie in the area of
> maintaining/updating the database, and generating "family tree" type output
There has been some discussion on this group about the LDS software called
PAF (Personal Ancestral File). Though it is not my personal favorite
(I use a shareware package called Family History System), this would be a good
one for a beginner to start with due to its wide usage and low cost ($35.00).
It is available for both MS-DOS and the Mac. The GEDCOM interchange
format has become enough of a de facto standard that it allows data to be
converted to many other software packages should you find one later that
you like better.
There is a magazine published quarterly by Ancestry called "Genealogical
Computing" which goes into much more detail than I could hope to go into
here. There is quite a bit of useful information in the magazine with
features targeted to a wide variety of users from beginners on up. One
of the regular features is a hardware and software summary, with more
complete reviews of new packages as they come out.
PAF Software costs $35.00 for either MS-DOS or Mac and can be purchased from:
The Family History Department
Ancestral File Operations Unit
50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
The Family History System software costs $35.00 (MS-DOS only)
for the registered (non-shareware version) from
Phillip E. Brown
834 Bahama Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Subscriptions to "Genealogical Computing" are $25.00 per year (4 issues)
350 South 400 East, Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Peter Fales AT&T, Room 5B-420
2000 N. Naperville Rd.
UUCP: ...att!ihlpb!psfales Naperville, IL 60566
Domain: work: (312) 979-8031
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