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.paf File Extension

Developer: Intellectual Reserve
File type: Personal Ancestral File/Portable Application Insta
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .paf. Files with the file extension .paf can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .paf files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .paf file?

Files with the .paf extension are known as files that the Personal Ancestral File created. This Personal Ancestral File is a program used to manage genealogical data such as family trees and other information that user’s enter about their family members, ancestors as well as descendants. All the information saved about the user’s family tree including their names and birth dates are called .paf files and they can be opened using applications such as FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File and RootsMagic. Besides that, the .paf file extension is also used as a Portable Application Installer File wherein these .paf files are used as installer files found in USB flash drive applications. In this file type, the .paf extension is helpful when it comes to installing applications from the USB flash drive to any computer with Windows and they are usually run when you use USB flash drive. These files are also called backup files as they are the duplicate data that users create and transfer to a different hard drive device to save their files from their corrupted computer before reformatting it again.

how to open a .paf file?

Launch a .paf file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .paf file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .paf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .paf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .paf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .paf file association errors

applications that open a .paf file

FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File

FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File

The Ancestral File [AF] is part of FamilySearch program’s general Tree search. It is a database that contains significant genealogical information such as lineage names, birth dates, birth places, deaths and marriages of millions of people. It is an online research tool containing information contributed by LDS members around the world. It currently contains about 40 million records allowing you to view records on individual basis. It lets you know how much information people may have about your family. You can search about your ancestors in the pre-1500 period because compilations of pedigrees existing around that period done by the Medieval Unit of the Family History can be found here. Once it is fully established, you would be able see the name and address of the person who contributed the information. PAF files are files of data created from this software. On Windows, you may open these files using the software or the application RootsMagic.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .paf files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .paf. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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