21 June 2013

FamilySearch No Longer Supports PAF or Provides Downloads

FamilySearch has announced that beginning July 15, 2013, PAF will be retired and will no longer be available for download or support from FamilySearch. PAF users should consider alternative products to meet their ongoing personal genealogy management needs.

For full details and for information on alternative products, please visit http://familysearch.org/PAF.

FamilySearch has worked hard to establish partnerships with third-parties to provide the best experiences for patrons.
  • PAF users should consider third party products as a solution that provides similar functionality but added benefits (such as connecting to FamilySearch Family Tree)
  • FamilySearch encourages patrons to use third-party products that are certified to work with FamilySearch FamilyTree.
This is a great opportunity to explain the value of this partner eco-system and focus on those benefits and the quality of partner solutions, rather than focus exclusively on the discontinuation of PAF.
Anyone using PAF currently is encouraged to visit http://familysearch.org/PAF  and get started in migrating to one of the recommended products.  It is appropriate and encouraged to have Family History Consultants and Library support personnel host events and/or train patrons on how to migrate to the various products, discuss the advantages, and allow them to make their own choices.  

NOTE: When using LDS church buildings and resources for these activities, products will not be sold nor will sales be solicited to exclusively promote only a specific product to patrons, as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will maintain a neutral position whilst providing informative guidance.  Also, third-parties must abide by these guidelines if their employees or representatives are invited to participate in the activities in person or by phone or web conference.