|1. Click FILE on the PAF menu bar. You cannot click on
IMPORT, without getting the message "You can only import to an
existing file, so the next dialog will allow you to create a new
2. So cut out the extra step and merely click FILE and select NEW, since
we'll create a new database to receive our GEDCOM file.
3. You'll then be prompted to provide a FILE NAME and specify the
folder to save it in. I try to use the date as part of the name, in this
case "HITE 001009",
for October 9th, 2000.
4. You'll be prompted to complete the "Prepared By" info
with your name, address e-mail address. I elected not to put my
telephone number on the form, because I probably will share some of the
data with others, and I don't want my private line tied up.
5. You'll then be taken to a BLANK family page in PAF. You do NOT
need to type in a name.
6. Click FILE on the PAF menu bar, then select IMPORT.
7. You'll then be asked to specify the name and location of the
GEDCOM file you wish to import. This might be in:
- your AOL download subdirectory, perhaps C:\AmericaOnline
- my documents, perhaps C:\mydocuments
- your Family Tree Maker Folder, perhaps C:\FTW
- on a floppy disk in drive A
If you need help locating your GEDCOM file, you might ask someone
from your local genealogy computer users group to assist in this
8. Click the IMPORT button to begin the process.
9. You'll be asked to specify whether to import notes, include
listing file data in notes, and to reuse deleted records. The
first and third option are already checked for use. You'll also
want to put a check mark by the second option, since listing file data
includes any error messages on that person's data during the import
process. LOGIC: if there was a problem because the place name was too
large to fit in the new version of PAF, wouldn't you want a message
about the problem appearing in NOTES under that person? That's
just what this option will do for you, so we MUST HAVE it! Once all
three options are selected, click the OK button.
10. Depending on the size of the GEDCOM file, the process make take a
few seconds to a few minutes. I used a sample data file on ISAAC HITE
which I had found at the FamilySearch.org web site. When the
import was completed, I noticed a Windows Notepad window had opened up
with the following information:
|GEDCOM Import Log - 06 Oct 2000
File: C:\My Documents\isaachite.GED (13 MAR 2000)
Created by: ANSTFILE Ancestral File 4.19
Submitted by: Created by FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
11. I don't need the notification anymore, so I click the X in the
upper right corner of Notepad window to close it. The screen in
the background has a family page with Isaac Hite, born 1786, Shenandoah,
Page, Virginia, with his wife and parents. From here, I am able to view
the GEDCOM file data and check the sources provided in the
original. The unfortunate thing is that there is no submitter
information, other than that provided by me when I created the blank
database to receive the file. I wish that the submitter information from
FamilySearch.org would be inserted here.