I have been meaning to get back to writing about the black hole of genealogy, oh, I mean Personal Ancestral File, for quite a while. I did find a copy online. I did download a copy of the program to my Windows 10 computer. Yes, I do have the latest version of Windows 10. Yes, the program still works exactly as I remember it working over the years since I last used it consistently.
I started a new file and then decided to import my whole file from a different program. I forgot, like I used to do, that the imported GEDCOM file merged automatically into my open data file. Since I couldn't find the new file I had named by searching my entire computer, I imported another copy and then realized what I had done and yes, I had two full copies of my data in one huge PAF file. I realized how many times this had happened before and I also realized why there were so many duplicate entries in the FamilySearch.org Family Tree and why uploading or importing GEDCOM files is still a way to ruin a perfectly good genealogy file.
I also know why I think of PAF as the black hole of genealogy. If you would like to suffer some of the same problems, you can download a copy of Personal Ancestral File at http://tiny.cc/PAF-
I have deleted the file and the program from my Windows 10 computer.