Monday, February 8, 2016

Setting Parent/Child Relationships


In our day to day life, relationships can change in a moment. Setting the relationships between parents and spouses is easily done in Ancestral Quest.

The first one to discuss in the parent/child relationship. Ancestral Quest allows you to set that to one of the following:
  • Biological
  • Adopted
  • Step
  • Foster
  • Guardian
  • Sealing

To do this, put the child in the main position in the Family View and click on the "Other Parents/Rels" button to the right of that child as shown below:


When you click the button, use the drop down arrow to expand the selections and choose the correct one for each parent:


Once the relationship has been set, click on OK and you are set for that child. If there are more children then repeat the steps till all the children's relationships involved have been labeled correctly.

That is how simple it is to set the correct relationships!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!



Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com














Monday, February 1, 2016

Software Programs & Family/Data Files


Understanding how computers and software works can be a challenge for many people today. There are so many different kinds of computer terms that it gets confusing.

Sometimes individuals "avoid software updates" because they think it will affect their data, somehow the data files and the software are considered as one in their minds when in reality they are separate pieces of the way a computer program works.

While most understand the hardware is the device you are using, the software program actually tells the device what to do so you can proceed with what you are working on. Whether it is a letter, a spreadsheet or some other task, the software program allows you to accomplish it.

Looking at the picture above is a good way to think about your genealogical software program as well as all others. You purchase the software, download it and install it onto your digital device. Usually after installing your software it places an Icon on your desktop, for Ancestral Quest, it looks like this:


When you double click this Icon it will open up and walks you through setting up your family file/data. From this point on you continue to work with the program. While doing this, the file remains just a file that can only be used by your program.

When you receive notice of updates, they only affect the software and not the family/data files. Usually updates are there to improve the functioning of the software which is to your benefit.

If you change computers, you will have to move those family/data files and re-install the program onto the new computer in order to continue using it and growing your family tree. Using a flash or thumb drive to copy your files is the easiest way to do this this. Re-downloading the program can be done from the website here: Download Page.

Enjoy the program, remember to do the updates and watch your family tree grow!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!



Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com






Monday, January 18, 2016

Missed the Newsletter?



If you have missed one of the issues of the Ancestral Quest Monthly Newsletter you can find them on our website for easy access!

To locate those Newsletters go to our website, Ancquest.com, click on Community:




This will bring to where you are able to choose which newsletter you may have missed:



Click on the one you've missed and you'll be able to download it as a PDF!

Enjoy catching up on all the news.

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!



Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com



Monday, January 11, 2016

Where is my Family File?

Your old computer needed replacing, either it was so slow you decided to replace it or it may have started crashing on you, either way it was replaced and now you are trying to set up all your favorite programs on this new computer with a new operating system and are not able to locate anything familiar.

The first thing that is important is to re-install Ancestral Quest which is done from the website here: http://ancquest.com/ver14.htm. Download either AQ14s.exe or AQ14c.exe, then install the program to your new computer. If you need your registration key and are unable to locate it you can email a request for it from support@ancquest.com or call us at 801-280-4434.

Copy your family files onto an external device or a flash drive, remove and plug your device into your new computer. When you open Ancestral Quest it should open to a blank file. 

Depending on the file types you've saved on your device will determine how you open them up to continue your family history work. 

If the file is a .aq or a .paf you go to File and Open 
If the file is a .aqz or a .zip you go to File and Restore
If the file is a .ged you go to File and Import

Once you have gotten to the place where you begin to look for the files, remember they are on an external device which will have a different letter designation, like F, G, I, J, etc. To locate that in the open, restore or import screen, click on the down arrow to show the location of your external device.



In this case the individual would click on the "L" drive and their files would show up in the list to choose from.

Sometimes your files are transferred by a repair company and they have put everything on a CD for you, in that case you would do the same but locate that CD and the drive letter and click it too.

Either way you will be able to locate your family data files to continue your family history research!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!





Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com





Thursday, December 10, 2015

Welcome FTM Users!

Welcome FTM Users! 

With the announcement from Ancestry.com regarding the end of their Family Tree Maker Software Package, users need to consider other options.

Dear Family Tree Maker™ community,

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy, and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

As we strive to provide our customers with the best experience possible, we are constantly evaluating our services and product offerings. True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide new content, product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

We will continue to support existing Family Tree Maker owners at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™ will continue to work. Our Member Services team will also remain available to assist with questions or issues you may have.

These changes are never easy. But by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community


There is a blog as a follow-up to their announcement: 

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/

For FTM users, Ancestral Quest wants you to know that you have a home here with AQ and we will take good care of you in respect to importing your files and providing great customer service. 

AQ has received high ranking awards from GenSoftReviews and its users. AQ is available for both PCs and Macs. 

We have a special page set up to welcome FTM users here and are offering a special discount of $10 for a limited time to those who wish to move from FTM to AQ with a special discount code.

We are here to help you with the transition. 


Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!





Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2015 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com




Monday, December 7, 2015

AQ Addon Products: Heritage Collector Suite


Ancestral Quest works well with the Heritage Collector Suite as it allows you to organize, find, share and preserve all your family history photos, files and documents and create multiple items to share with family.

According to their website, it is a complete photo mangement system that allows you to create the following:

Family Calendars
Make Storybooks
Family Videos
Label Scanned Photos
Organize Photos into collections
Family Newsletters
Create Slideshows
Create Interactive Stories

You are also able to run Heritage Collector on an Eternal Hard drive. This becomes handy when taking family trips or visiting family and friends. 

A Digital Manual comes with this program and designed for Normal People. The guide has:

Step-by-Step instructions
Screen captures to make it simple to follow
No computer language
Full color 
Downloadable PDF version

Drag and Drop photos to and from FamilySearch, Facebook and Pintrest into Heritage Collector Collections

Included are Free Webinars to help anyone at any level of expertise. Learn at your own pace when its convenient for you.

Special Introductory price includes $20 off through Ancestral Quest for $79.95.

This would make a great gift for Christmas along with Ancestral Quest!


Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!



Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2015 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Using a Language Module in AQ



Ancestral Quest has the following Language Modules that help change the program to that particular language:



To download any of these you simply follow the instructions provided with each one. All of these language modules are available here

Here is my program in English:



To change it to "Spanish", which I don't have at this time, I would click the drop down menu at the top right and select the language I wish to install. For this blog I will install Spanish.




This is the screen that comes up:


A number of screens come up during the install, clicking on the positive responses will install the language module. Now I can change the language to Spanish and have the program in Spanish as follows



For those who need a different language it is that simple.


Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!


Comments and questions are always welcome!


Happy Ancestraling...Claire ;)


AQ Cues & Clues Blog:http://ancquest.blogspot.com/

(c) 1994-2015 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com