Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why Backups?

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Many genealogists make regular backups to their data, however, not all do. 

Ancestral Quest reminds you to back up your files whenever you are closing out your program. There are additional prompts for backups with other features in the program to guard you in case there is a problem. 

For instance, if you are adding a GEDCOM file to an existing file, it prompts you to make a backup before the import. The reason is if you decide it wasn't a good idea and have way to many duplicates, you can go back to backup.

Backups prevent years of hard work disappear which is disastrous. When the program closes, simply follow the prompts to create the backup to an external device for safety.

There is one additional reason for a backup; sharing it with other family members. This actually is one of the best ways to insure a copy is somewhere else.

To make a backup one simply clicks "File" then select "Backup" and follow the prompts. If you need to change the drive to an external one it is at that point you would change it.




At this point the next menu that comes up allows you to save it where you want and also give the backup file a name or use the one the program supplies.




Here you can use the area circled to have the backup saved to an external drive or in the cloud and the bottom area is where you enter the name of the file or accept the one AQ put there. Once you've done this you'll click on "Backup" and once done it is all set and there in case it is needed.

Having backups and sharing your data with other family members provides you with peace of mind in case of the worse happens to you or your computer. Enjoy this and all of the features of Ancestral Quest 15.


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) 1994-2017 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com












Monday, June 19, 2017

LDS Features


One of the key features for various genealogical software is the ability to record all types of events connected with individuals throughout their lives. For many there are Christenings or Baptisms, Confirmations, and other events which are important factors connected with a specific religious affiliations.

Ancestral Quest has the ability to add all of the various events including the ones connected with temples in the Latter-day Saint faith.

To activate these features within the program, one needs to go to Tools, scroll down and click on Preferences as follows:


In the red box, check these items shown in the red box above: 1) Use LDS Data 2) Show on Reports 3) Ordinance Codes on Child List and 4) Connect with FamilySearch. Now click OK , this is the first step. The next step will turn on the Temple Icons. 

From the main screen click on FamilySearch, scroll down and click on Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System, if you have no logged in, it will prompt you to do that, once you have successfully entered your login information you'll be brought another box with 5 buttons, one of them will be "Show Temple Icons".


Click on the "Show Temple Icons" and this will close and your temple icons will be there.

Once you've followed the above steps you will have turned on the LDS features within this program. 
You will note there are other buttons there to assist you these features.

Enjoy this and all the features in Ancestral Quest 15!


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) 1994-2017 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com










Monday, May 8, 2017

Other Events


There are many events in our lives that are not on a simple family group record, if one wants to record those important events you have some choices of how and where you want to do complete that task.

So much happens to us from the time we are born, it would be impossible to have one form to cover it all. From the first day at school to purchasing your first car and entering college, there is much to share with our family, friends and descendants when that time is here.

These can be entered for any individual in the "Other Events" section for each person. When you click on them to edit them you'll get this view:


Note the "Other Events" is there with the main events in a person's life, one simply clicks on the "Add" button to choose which event you wish to document for that person. Here are the choices, the list is long and you can add your own event if it is not listed here.


At this point, you can use the scrolling bar, highlight it and click on 'Select' or click on 'Add Type' if what you need is not in this list.

With the event selected, you simply enter the information in the form and click add and it will populate the lower section of that ancestor's individual record like this.


At this point, you can close the 'Edit Individual' box or add more events. These events can be in date order using the arrows on the right. When finished, click on 'Save' and close this individuals edit screen. If you run a report this additional information will be included.

This is a great feature and allows one to add many of the wonderful events that happen in one's lifetime.

Enjoy this and all the features in Ancestral Quest 15.

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) 1994-2017 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com









Friday, April 7, 2017

Are Your Files Stored on a USB Flash Drive?


These data storage devices arrived around the turn of the century, and for many genealogists they contain a life time of genealogical and/or family history information and research. If the flash drive were lost, it would be detremental to their hard work. Ancestral Quest will prompt you to backup your data and what you back up to really does matter.

According to Wikipedia, these devices are known as "a USB drive, USB stick, thumb drive, pen drive, jump drive, flash drive or USB memory". They replaced the small floppy disks of that time. They hold so much more data and are convenient to carry, however, if one is not careful, they can be accidently left behind on a library's computer or suddenly stop working.

Over time, these drives have improved in the speed of data transfer, their storage capacity and their life expenctancy, however, like hard drives, don't last forever and most individuals rarely think about needing to replace them until it is too late.

Advice to copy one's files to a main computer is good advice, as having backups both ways is the best way to go, create a folder on your main computer and copy the whole drive or copy it all to a cloud based area. 

Individuals hear of 'cloud based' storage for one's regular desktop and/or lap top computer, but one often forgets to back up any small digial devices at the same time. The end result is that over time these flash drives need to be replaced; like a computer needs to be upgraded. 

Unfortunately, there really are no warning signs they are going to fail which is the best reason to backup the contents on a regular basis. All storage devices come with warranties, however, the warranty is on the device and not the information on the device. Additionally, the life cycle of these devices is affected by the number of times you delete and add new information. When purchasing a flash drive one needs to look how the device is rated for write cycles, its ability to whether the kind of abuse it may take from dropping in water to walking over it all accidently.

TopTenReviews checks all sorts of devices, software, etc. to help educate the everyday individual. They do have a great representation for the best top ten USB flash drives. In reviewing their choices, one can easily see how they are judged and you should be able to view their report and make a wise decision.



Don't delay any longer, if you can't remember when you bought your flash drive and you don't want to lose all your genealogy and family history along with all you have stored on your current flash drive, then purchase a new more rugged flash drive and copy everything to the new device.

Your ancestors will be grateful for your diligence and taking care of all your Ancestral Quest research.

Take advantage of all the new features in Ancestral Quest 15 today!


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) 1994-2017 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com








Thursday, March 9, 2017

TreeTips


As family history/ancestral researchers, it is always a good thing to get extra help in locating one's ancestors. TreeTips, does just this, it helps you research and locate records and family trees from the information in your own data files.

In partnership with MyHeritage, FamilySearch and Findmypast, Ancestral Quest provides TreeTips in your own datafile. As you enter in the information you know about an ancestor, AQ will use the combined hints of these three web-based companies to search over 12 billion records for additional information to help grow your tree or to provide you with missing sources from known but not proven information.

To make sure these are activated, go to the View in the AQ program menu and make sure the hints are all checked.



The above action will put additional Icons showing there are hints on the individuals in your tree. It looks like this:





Note that for this individual, there are hints from Findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage. Hovering on each Icon shows you how many hints there are for you and clicking the Icon takes you right to the hints.




This is the actual 1920 US Census for Joseph Brisson and his family. I can easily attach it to my records as a source if I need to. Additionally, I'll be able to confirm or deny this is a good hint. 

Each Icon does the same, it brings you to records and/or trees from the above sites. This is one of the new features in Ancestral Quest 15, this author has found some new discoveries using this feature and is looking forward to possibly breaking through some brick walls and also adding some additional missing sources using TreeTips.

Take advantage of all the new features in Ancestral Quest 15 today!


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) 1994-2017 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com







Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Memories Manager


Ancestral Quest's new Memory Manager allows you to upload to Family Search and download from Family Search all the stories and photos that are connected to your ancestor.

Often there are photos, stories and documents that are uploaded by another relative, in addition to your own, this access makes it a lot easier to have those media items too.

You can view these stories, photos and documents side by side when linking through Ancestral Quest. At that point you can upload or download any of those memories either way with the click of a button. Once in your own program they can easily be linked to the individuals they are connected too.

To bring your screens in line with FamilySearch, click on the blue tree at the end of your ancestors name. If there is a picture there it will show up on the Media button at the bottom, just like for sources and notes and stories.



Clicking in the box in the upper left hand corner next to the picture brings up this screen to aid you in moving this picture from your file to FamilySearch Family Tree.


When you click the OK to move the picture, it does just that. Because of the screening process for all pictures, it will take a bit of time till you see it on FamilySearch Family Tree.

There were some additional choices which may be advantageous as you work with pictures and documents which are described more fully in this tutorial that was put together to assist all in taking advantage of this great new feature in Ancestral Quest 15.


Take advantage of all the new features in Ancestral Quest 15 today!


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