Thanks Ron (and Brad too -- not sure that posted to the list). I guess the PAF compatibility was buried a little deeper than I was willing to look (you'd think that'd be all over all three's home pages).

And just in case someone is digging through mailing list archives in the future, the link Brad sent me was:

where it appears you can still download PAF 5.

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM, Ron Johnson <> wrote:
Following the links provided at I see that all
3 programs claim to read PAF files, and LFT even runs on Linux with
Crossover (commercially-supported Wine).

On 05/15/2014 10:35 PM, Paul Kilgo wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm new to the list so I'm sorry if this was previously discussed.
> I recently happened upon an old Personal Ancestry File database from
> another branch of the family. I'm interested in converting it to GEDCOM
> (or something) so I can work with it in Gramps. Unfortunately PAF seems to
> have been wiped from the face of the earth about a year ago.
> The PAF website recommends a few different non-free alternatives, but none
> of them have any mention of supporting the PAF file format. I also don't
> see if the maintainers ever put out a tool to convert the files to GEDCOM.
> I'm wondering if someone else in the list has run into a similar situation
> and what the prognosis is? If there is not a tool out there has anyone
> tried to reverse engineer it or is there some documentation of its structure?
> It's not critical I suppose. I think the best option for me is to try and
> track down the genealogist, but I was curious.

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