Merging in P.A.F.

Recently I was forced to get myself a notebook laptop computer as my desktop computer had bit the dust, so to speak.  So I copied over my paf files  to the laptop from the hard drive of the desktop. After borrowing a cradle to put my old hard drive in. Now after getting the laptop setup and running and tranferring the Paf files over I found that I couldn’t access the most recent Paf file on the laptop and I still haven’t worked out why that is so.  So I was forced to import some older gedcom files that i had onto the laptop. Now when you import a gedcom file it is my understanding that the program automatically merges the incoming material with the older material.  Or so it seems as when you import gedcom files it asks you if you want to merge the files with the file that is then in use.

But I discovered that this merge is not as automatic as it seems when you answer yes to the question.  I found that when i was looking at the entries on my database that there were for the majority of entries that there were double and triple entries for the same person. Now I  am going through the database and merging them manually. With over 14k entries it is going to take a while to get to the end. At the time of this writing I have just started to merge the “C ‘s”

Family History, My Obsession

As I mentioned previous, I have a strong interest in family history. As such a couple of years back my family suggested to me that I use the knowledge I have gained over the years to start a business in researching other people’s ancestors  for them and I also teach others how to research and the best ways & the best sources for doing the same.  while most of my experience has been with Australian sources and in particular New South Wales.  Most of what I have learned about research and sources that may be available are applicable in most countries of the world.

Late last year I decided to also open an online store so that those who needed stuff for their research can have an easier way of getting the things they feel they need to help them in their search. For example an easier source for manuals on “how to”, guidelines and of course resource books full of the information you need to get the info you want or need to find that elusive ancestor. The site is still in the process of developement I am trying to refine it and make it better than what it is at the moment. The site is called “Finding the Past” and the web address is . But please excuse the fact that it is rather incomplete at the moment and some things may just seem to be a repeat of other pages.

That is all for now i have more to say later

Why I am Creating a Blog

The reasons as to why I am creating or becoming a blogger are many and varied.  Having many varied interests I wanted to be able to express them and share them with people.  I have a strong interest in family history/ genealogy. I have been involved in researching my family lines for approx 40yrs now and it has been a bit of an obsession with me. And so from time to time I will mention things that either I am doing or the search I have undertaken to find an ancestor. I also love my family and I intend to post my thoughts about them and maybe some photo’s as well.  Again this a way in which I can express myself on a variety of subjects as I mentioned at the beginning, so stay tuned and we will see where this will take us