Personal Ancestral File Alternatives

    Personal Ancestral File is described as '(PAF) is free-of-cost genealogy software provided by FamilySearch, a website operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' and is an app in the Home & Family category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Personal Ancestral File for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Self-Hosted solutions and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Gramps, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Personal Ancestral File are RootsMagic (Paid), Ahnenblatt (Paid), Ancestris (Free, Open Source) and Legacy Family Tree (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Aug 4, 2021

    1. Gramps is a Free Software Project for Genealogy, offering a professional cross-platform genealogy program, and a wiki open to all.
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      No single source data possible AND no recording of sources including the texts (transcripts) of church book entries possible.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      RootsMagic Family Tree Software - Smart Computing Magazine calls RootsMagic 'the best genealogy program we've seen'. Free trial version.
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      • Windows
      • Wine
      Ahnenblatt is genealogy software for Windows. (Use Portable Version for Linux with Wine) Designed to manage your genealogy data and to generate reports and graphical trees. Many import and export features make it easy to share data with others (GEDCOM, HTML, and more).
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • Haiku
      Ancestris is a free software suitable for all genealogists. It is available on all operating systems. It strictly respects the GedCom 5.5 and accepts 5.5.1 standard as it directly writes all information into the Gedcom file.
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      Ancestris vs Personal Ancestral File opinions
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      No single source data possible AND no recording of sources including the texts (transcripts) of church book entries possible. And, as with all other programs: No free entry of the date possible! For * or + eg: "between 1868 and 1879" or "after 1900" or "before 1878".
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Legacy is a full-featured genealogy program that assists family historians in tracking, organizing, printing, and sharing family history.
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      • Windows
      GenoPro is easy to use genealogy software to create family trees and genograms.
    2. Family Historian is a family tree program offering great diagram facilities. It was praised in particular for its ability to enter data directly from diagrams and for its multi-media capabilities.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      Genoom is a web application for families. With Genoom you can create your family tree and build your own private family social network and stay in touch with family members all over the world.
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      • Windows
      Family Atlas is the fun and easy way to map your family history! Trace your ancestors migration around the world and pinpoint the sites of important family events.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Ancestral Quest (AQ) family tree software is the easiest to use and most versatile genealogy program for Windows on the market. Its format is perfect for the beginner and yet powerful enough for the most advanced genealogist.
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