Monday, October 15, 2018



Come and enjoy lots of classes in the comfort of your home all week! Join Family History Expos and researchers from around the world as we celebrate 15 years of service to the genealogy community!

This is totally online and classes will be broadcast. There will be door prices and should prove to be a very helpful conference for all who are looking to pick up some additional tips on locating their ancestors.


As you scroll through the list and click which maybe of interest, some are free and some have a fee.  Gaylon Findlay creator of Ancestral Quest will be teaching this coming Friday, the 19th at 1 p.m. His class is free to attend. Here is a link to attend:

https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238472462/4df0ac8b5a

Class Description: We'll review Tree Tips--the built-in Internet Search engine of AQ--and how to use it to conduct basic research effectively. We'll also discuss some tips and tricks of getting the most out of AQs abilities to record and track your finding.

Be sure to check out this unique opportunity to have a class taught by one who really knows and understands this program!

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) 1994-2018 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com

Monday, August 27, 2018

AQ and FamilySearch



Being FamilySearch Certified, allows Ancestral Quest 15 to link and sync with FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) and is listed in their app gallery under four products. 1) Ancestral Quest for Windows, 2) Ancestral Quest for Mac, 3) Ancestral Quest Basics (free) for Windows, and 4) Ancestral Quest Basics (free) for Mac.

This particular feature allows you to add family lines as well as search their current Family Tree database for additional family members currently not in your own files. 

Additionally, you can bring over notes, sources, pictures and/or documents already there. For a newbie or someone who has done considerable research, these features are a way to get started or supplement your own research.

Seasoned researchers know the value of documenting their research, however, someone who is beginning their ancestral journal may not understand its value. Adding these documents to one's own research strengthens the validity of the family names added to the file.

If one has new found documents, they can also be added to the FSFT to aid in proving family links in a tree. We have a number of tutorials to aid an individual in learning how to complete any of these tasks.
  • Have a tree on FSFT, and wish to add additional lines from FSFT into one's file, watch how here,  Importing Family Lines 
  • Moving notes to FSFT or from FSFT, watch this tutorial, Syncing Notes  
  • Moving photos and/or documents, watch this tutorial, Memories Manager
  • Learning how to take advantage of the hints in Ancestral Quest, check out, Tree Tips 
There are many more tutorials to add anyone at any point in their research. 

Take advantage of this and many other great features of Ancestral Quest 15 today, click here to purchase, download and start enjoying this great program which helps you grow your family tree with only a few clicks.

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) 1994-2018 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com












Thursday, May 3, 2018

Where is My File?



Has there been a moment when you looked and it seemed like your file was not there? A list at the bottom of your File drop down menu will show you the last six files in Windows but not in a Mac.  

Sometimes, we use a different file, close the one we are in and spend a bit of time working on other files and close the program.  

The next day you forgot you were looking for something in a different file but now your file seems to be lost and you panic thinking it's gone. Ancestral Quest can search your computer for each and every file it can open, restore or import for you.

To search for a data file, simply go to File and open, in the box click the "Search" button in the lower left and the program will search your whole computer for any of the files it will open for you. When the list comes up, it will display the number of individuals and marriages to help you identify the correct file.



To look for a backup file, you repeat this process however go to File and Restore and click on the "Search button". 

When Ancestral Quest searches your computer, it will not search your recycle bin in case it landed there accidentally. You'll need to search there yourself.

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) 1994-2018 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com

Monday, March 19, 2018

Improved Search Results

Artificial intelligence is being used more and more today with genealogical research. By entering in a few pieces of information, the return from that information can be massive, but it can also be exactly what you are looking for in your family tree.

Ancestral Quest 15 has a number of aids to help with finding and extending those family lines. Both MyHeritage and FindMyPast were introduced as new features in this latest version. Together, they increase the chances of adding new documents and/or individuals to your tree.

In addition, in the pedigree view of Ancestral Quest 15, there are links to both Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com. In previous versions, the barest amount of information was sent out to search for matches when you clicked on the link, however, today, in AQ15, when you click on that link, an increase amount of information is passed onto the search engines providing a better return of more accurate information for your family tree.


Taking a close look at the end of a name and you can see 2 links. The top link is to the trees located in Rootsweb.com. Clicking this link can bring you straight to an exact match.


Clicking on the name will bring this information into focus to view and perhaps provide some additional information as well as a contact person who place this information on this website. They could be a relative.

The second link is to Ancestry.com and can also lead you to more clues for your family member or tree. Again the results are direct and exactly the correct individual.


In addition to a tree which can lead to a cousin, there are many records below which pertain to this individual. In prior searches from Ancestral Quest, the barest amount of information was being sent to the search engines which lead to a less chance of reaching information on your ancestor, this new improved searching capability now takes you straight to any information on the individual if it is there.

If you wish to remove some information that was brought over, you simply edit the search in Ancestry.com as sometimes a little less is best.

Take advantage of this and many other great features of Ancestral Quest 15 today, click here to purchase, download and start enjoying this great program which helps you grow your family tree with only a few clicks.






Monday, December 11, 2017

Hands-On AQ 15 Guide


Many individuals prefer to have a PDF, E-File or some format to appear on which ever operating system they are using. Today, however, there are still many AQ 15 users of all different ages who want to have a physical manual to look up how something works in the program.

This guide has step by step directions with accompanying screen shots to help the user follow the instructions and complete the task they looked up.

It is broken up into three (3) sections: 
  • Basics of Ancestral Quest
  • Advanced Tools and Uses
  • Appendices
Basics of Ancestral Quest makes up the first five chapters. For anyone new to the program it provides how to set up the program, how to work with different research strategies and features, printing reports and charts. 

The advanced tools and uses sections takes up 17 chapters of tips, hints, collaboration tools, tweaking preferences and all of the powerful tools and features of the program.

In the Appendices are several more helps like keyboard shortcuts to citing sources and others to help you make your research and data entry faster and easier.

The PDF is 12.95 and is text searchable, the physical copy is 28.95 plus S/H. Take advantage of a great help to learning how to use Ancestral Quest even more! Click here to order it now. Once you get to this page, scroll down and choose whether you want the download or the physical book.

Enjoy this user guide and learn how to use Ancestral Quest even better!

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, October 30, 2017

AQ: Fonts in the Program


In today's world one has many choices because of technological improvements and designs. If you walk down an aisle in a grocery store, your selection of any particular item is vast and larger than in times past.

Computer programs are the same, one can research and determine which particular program will be what is needed for the task. Each program will have unique features as well as standard ones. The same goes with the fonts we use for various tasks.

You may wish to type a letter in one font but use a different one if you are designing something special. In Ancestral Quest there are multiple charts as well as the entering screens, notes, sources, etc.

One can change these fonts to make them larger, smaller or a different style depending on the need. To do this you simply click on "Tool" then "Preferences", once that window is open click on the tab "Fonts".



Once there, you'll be clicking on the drop down as seen above. This is where you can change a font for a specific section as well as the size of that font. Once you click "OK" the font will be changed. 

Here is where you can experiment to see if this is what you are wanting. The next section is the "Advanced Options" section:


Sometimes individuals need larger print or even smaller print. All of that is done in this area. If you decide you want it back the way it was, simply click on "Reset fonts" and that will bring everything back to the way it was in the beginning.

Enjoy this feature and others 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










Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why Backups?

image by tookapic, pixabay.com

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