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Comparison of genealogy software

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Lets start off with '''Personal Ancestral File 5.2''' ( and '''Ancestral Quest 11''' ( '''AQ''' has been updated within the last 6 months to '''AQ''' 12 but there seems to be little difference in appearance. If the two programs seem to be very similar that is because (as I understand it) the LDS Church bought the source and developmental rights to '''AQ 3''' a long time ago. '''PAF 5.2''' has been around for many years and is used by thousands of people around the world. It is available for free download from the '''LDS''' site. These programs have only Windoze versions although they run reasonably well on Wine.
Originally '''Family Tree Maker''' screens were going to be displayed but the version available is 9 years old and no longer representatioverepresentative. '''FTM''' screen shots are available at ''''.
These are the Family View:
*Note the upper-right-hand corner of some individual display blocks - that indicates that there is further information available, either sources, notes ...
*Note the filled and unfilled arrows associated with the name blocks in PAF - open indicates a dead end while filled arrows point to further family information regarding that person. In AQ either the arrow is there or missing - same reasoning. Obviously, pressing the arrow moves the display to another family view.*To change focus between parents: in AQ double click the other parent, in PAF click the double headed arrow.
*An edit screen is available for each individual and the marriage either as a menu choice or by double clicking.
*Multiple spouses are indicated:
**in AQ in text above the spouse's block choose the spouse with an arrow to the right
*Ordering of children is done through an edit menu.
*The arrow left of the focus parent acts as a ''back'' button.
*The PAF screen has a clean uncluttered appearance while displaying a maximum of information.

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