Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Presentation on Personal Ancestral File

A week ago it was suggested that FamilySearch Product Support should have a lesson on PAF. I volunteered, and yesterday I had a phone call asking whether I would be prepared to teach the lesson the next morning. I accepted, provided we could get the teleconferencing working on my computer. We then proceeded to set it up on my desktop computer. It was a total failure regardless what we did! In desperation, I switched to my laptop. In about 5 minutes we had everything working. Whew!

I arranged that I would sign in a few minutes early the next day in case there were any last-minute glitches. This morning the technology worked perfectly on the laptop. (A further testimonial of the power of prayer!)For my lesson I did a live demonstration based on the PAF Overview document on my website, and answered questions. It was well received.

The PAF Overview can be read or downloaded from


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