Friday, August 28, 2015

Ancestral Quest for MAC!




Ancestral Quest, including programs derived from Ancestral Quest, have served millions of genealogists for over 20 years as they have recorded and organized their family tree records in Windows.


Ancestral Quest is now available for the MAC Users

To those who have been waiting patiently, it is now available for purchase at the reduced rate of $29.95 for a limited time and for those who have been using Ancestral Quest on a Windows emulator, you can purchase the Mac version at the upgrade price of $19.95 for a limited time. The Basic version is still free but does have a number of features that are not available in this version. 

Ancestral Quest for Mac simply downloads and installs directly to the Mac, without the need for additional software. Those who have used Ancestral Quest for Windows computers using an emulator will find that AQ for Mac is the same program as AQ for Windows. To aid installation there is a short video here.

The system requirements are for OS X 10.7 or later. For additional information on this, click here.

Some of the features that come with Ancestral Quest 14 are:

  • Creating your Family Tree
  • Documenting your sources with CitePro™ Technology
  • Creating Scrapbooks
  • Creating Colorful charts
  • Color Coding
  • Search, Filter and Focus your data using FilterPro™ Technology
  • Collaboration with NetFam™ capability
  • For PAF users, true database compatibility
To see the full list, click here. To see the full Press Release, click here

Ancestral Quest for Mac is available for a limited time for the same cost as the Windows version, $29.95. There is still the free versions for both Windows and Mac called Ancestral Quest Basics.

Take advantage of this new software release for Mac Users, click here to learn more and order 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) 1994-2015 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AQ Works in Windows 10


Windows 10 was released and with a new operating system comes questions of what programs will continue to work and what programs will have problems in the new operating system?

Ancestral Quest is one of the programs that will continue to work without any difficulties as you consider upgrading your operating system to this newer version.

Currently there are a number of individual customers who have been using this without any problems.

Just a reminder of some of the great features in Ancestral Quest:

Research Timeline: The research timeline is intended to help you see clues that will assist you in researching your family history. This new tool allows you to see the events in a person's lifetime. Sometimes, when you see pertinent events that may have affected your ancestors, it draws your attention to other resources you could look at to learn more about them.

Color Coding: There is a filing system based on four colors that has gained popularity among genealogists over the past several years. This highly requested and anticipated feature utilizes that concept and allows you to add background colors to the name boxes for individuals and/or family lines. The color coding will display on various screens and reports in AQ.

Tags: Create your own set of Tags and assign up to three tags to the various individuals in your database. This has proved to be a wildly popular new feature--some users cannot live without them, now! The tags display on various screens and reports in AQ.

Fan Chart: The popular Fan Chart has just gotten better with two new options. With the color coding, you can now generate a Four-Color Fan Chart. You can also now include siblings in the first generation of the chart.


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, July 20, 2015

Using AQ with a PAF Database?



Ancestral Quest is unique in that it allows one to continue to use it even though one may still be using their PAF files in AQ. 

Changing a .PAF file to an .AQ file is not an automatic thing. Many who are using Ancestral Quest may not realize they are using it with their PAF file because the additional step of conversion has not happened yet. Often when speaking to an individual they are surprised it is still a PAF file as they are working in Ancestral Quest.

When one first locates their PAF file and they view it all in tack they are truly surprised and elated. At this point most continue to research and add family information to their file never realizing that a conversion of the file needs to take place to take advantage of the additional features Ancestral Quest has to offer.

It feels like it is a newer version of PAF as it allows you to work with Family Tree. There are some limitations if one continues to use program with their PAF file, a few of the features that do not work are:
  • Bookmarks
  • Color Coding
  • Tags
  • Converting Names to Mixed Case
  • Convert Place Abbreviations
  • Change log
Clicking here will provide you with a full list of the limitations.

To convert a PAF file to an AQ file we have a video to help, click here to see how easy it is to complete this task.

The choice is still the user, however, it is important to learn the advantages of having full use of Ancestral Quest and all its amazing features!

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






Friday, July 10, 2015

AQ has New Language Modules..


Language can be a barrier in various aspects of life. In fact mis-communications in day to day situations can lead to mis-understandings and wrong information.

The same thing can happen when data entering which is why Ancestral Quest reached out to the community to provide Language Modules for those whose primary language is not English. 

It's been sometime since we spotlighted our list of languages currently available. There are now 11 languages with two new ones being offered. 



As you can see, Polish and Hungarian are new to our collection of available language modules. While most of these are free, sometimes there is a small cost. Additionally, some are complete translations and others are partial with the most used screens and reports available in that language.

We are always looking for help to create new modules. 


Using Ancestral Quest in your own language can be just what you need at this time!


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, July 6, 2015

How to Connect Family Members from Your File



You are researching your family and come across an individual you think is related but are not sure where they fit in your family at that moment. 

You take the time to add them to your family file knowing at some point you will be able to figure that out.

Time passes and you figure out they belong to one of the families on your father's side. How do you add them to that family?

Make a note of the RIN number of the individual you are adding to a family. Bring the family up in the "Family View", click "Add" and "Child" you get the following:



As you can see there is a button that can be clicked to take you to locating that individual from within your file of family names.

Clicking the button marked "Search for Existing Child" brings up the following screen:



Enter the RIN number of the individual and click on "OK" and the child is now added to that family. 

That is how easy it is to add a family member that is already in your family database. This same procedure is done for adding parent or spouse that are already located in your family file.

Thanks for joining us and learning about adding family members already in your files to the right families!

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, June 29, 2015

FS PID Numbers


FamilySearch PID numbers (FSPID) are FamilySearch's way to indentify the individuals you add to FamilySearch FamilyTree. 

When you link and sync your individuals to the FamilySearch FamilyTree, that number is transferred into your own family file so that there is a link between the two individuals.

So where does that number go? How can I find that number in my family file?

The FSPID numbers are in the lower left hand corner of the Edit Screen of the individual like this:


Some people also want to see that number after to the person, this is done in Preferences. Go to "Tools", scroll and click on "Preferences". Under "Append to Names" put the dot in the FamilySearch ID section and it will be there after you click OK.


Now when you see individuals, the FSPID number will be after the name.


This is our tip for this week, putting that FSPID number where you can see it and also find where the system puts this connecting number for each person. Of course if you still wish to use the RINs you don't have to change it.

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










Friday, June 19, 2015

Common Options

Ever wonder how to Suppress RINs and MRINs in reports? There are other things that sometimes come into play when working on reports that may help you do a better report.

On nearly every report there is a button that says "Common Options". Often as we work on reports we concentrate so much on the report that it is easy to miss noticing that button. But if you click it, it will allow you to do those things and more. Here is a screen shot for the Pedigree charts:


As you can see it is at the bottom in the middle, however, other charts will have it in a different location.


The key is to look carefully as the button moves around on different charts depending on the room available.

Once you click it, you'll have the ability to suppress those items:


The object is to create the best looking report and while you may want the RINs, you may not want the MRINs so the choice is up to you. 

Take advantage of this feature next time you go to create that special report!