Monday, April 18, 2016

AQ Links: Trees and Records


Ancestral Quest has many research tools built into the program to aid you in continuing your research. One of them is shown above and is only seen by putting your family file in the "Pedigree" mode and then turning on the "Ancestry.com" links located on "View".



Once the above is checked those links come into view. From this point highlight the individual you are researching and click on either ""trees" or "recs". When you click on "Trees" you are taken to RootsWeb World Connect Project and shown what matches the search on that individual.



This site is managed by Ancestry.com and is one of the oldest websites of individual trees, it is a free and active website.

When you click on "Recs" you are taking to records in Ancestry.com.


This results combined with the above is a great start to one's research within 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) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com






Friday, March 25, 2016

Importing Ancestors from FamilySearch FamilyTree


Ancestral Quest links and syncs with FamilySearch Family Tree. This feature allows individuals to either download from Family Tree or upload to Family Tree, both are great helps with family history.

Some individuals have actually saved considerable time by entering their own name, linking themself to FamilyTree and then downloading multiple generations if their family lines are there in FamilySearch Family Tree. This saves them from having to re-enter everything into a new database/family file. 

To begin the process of downloading information from FamilySearch Family Tree, make sure you have your own family file open:
  1. Click on "FamilySearch" in the menu at the top
  2. Highlight the person's ancestors you wish to import backwards from and write down the FS PID number
  3. Scroll down and click on 'Import Family Lines'
  4. At this point you'll be promted to enter in your user name and log in  for FamilySearch.org if you haven't logged in yet
  5. This brings up the following screen:

At this point, you'll need to make sure you have the radio dot in the "Download Ancestors of FamilySearch Person and then enter in their FS PID number. 

Determine the following:
  1. How many generations to import
  2. Include families
  3. Include Spouses of children
  4. Import Place Names as 'Standardized by FamilySearch' or as 'Entered'
Once the above are selected, click 'OK' and the system will start the process. Depending on the number of individuals and generations it could take a short time or a long time. The bigger the import the longer it will take.

It is always recommend to back up your database before doing this feature. 

Another thought is to do this into a separate database in order to check and verify it is indeed your family. Once you have done this you can easily import it into your database by creating a Gedcom file of that data and bringing it into your current full family file/database.

Next week we'll share how to upload your family data to FamilySearch.org.

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





Friday, March 18, 2016

AQ Lists

Sometimes there are features in a program that go unnoticed until a call is made to the company to find out how to create something from the program.

Lists are one of these features in Ancestral Quest. Often a customer will contact the customer service department and ask how to create a list of "End of Line people" in their database/family file. 

This and other lists are easily made through that section within the "Reports and Charts" area in the program.

There are two ways to get to "Reports and Charts", the first way is to simply click on the Printer Icon at the top which is shown here:




The 2nd way to get to the "Reports and Charts" is by going to "File", scrolling down and clicking on "Print Reports and Charts" as show here:




Once you click on either the Icon or the Print Reports and Charts you are brought to the main menu for printing various reports and creating various charts. Click on the tab that says "Lists" and you come to this:




Notice the selection of possible lists to help you with your research. Once you have chosen the list you want, you'll need to choose the individuals to include to create the list, most often one would simply click on the 'Search Button' and then click the "All" so that everyone is included in the search you have chosen for the List Report. Here is where you'll check the "All" once you have clicked on 'Search Button'.



As you can see, clicking the drop down arrow allows you to select your whole database/family file, and then click on the 'Select' button and then "OK". This returns you to the Reports and Charts Menu box.

At this point,  you can view the report by clicking on 'Preview' and go forward with either printing the list or saving it as a PDF file to review online.

Its that simple to create this particular list as well as all that are listed there. Each list can help an individual with their database/family file as well as their research. Take advantage of these lists to help you with your family history.

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, March 10, 2016

AQ Learning Center


Ancestral Quest Learning Center

The AQ Leaning Center provides great tutorials to guide you from the simplest tasks to the more complicated features. It is broken up into 4 categories as follows:

  • General Program Training
  • Recorded Classes
  • Training on Features Dealing with FamilySearch.org
  • Training on LDS Temple Ordinance Reservation and Tracking Systems (ORTS)

General Program Training

This area covers the all the basic beginning steps for those who are new to genealogical software in general. There are 15 short lessons on entering information, families, printing charts, importing information, exporting your family data, scrap booking and more. 


In addition there is a video that reviews the new features introduced from AQ12.1 to AQ 14. Some of these are classes from various training sessions held in different locations and covering a large variety of features.

Recorded Classes

This section provides a wealth of additional information on specific features within AQ taught at RootsTech and the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group Monthly meetings. They cover general questions as well as using AQ as a research tool, finding people, analyzing relationships and more.

There are 11 recorded classes in this section using different features in AQ in connection with FamilySearch.org.

Training on Features Dealing with FamilySearch.org

These training items will help an individual learn about the tools in AQ that allow you to access and work with FamilyTree in FamilySearch.org. Beginning with an overview, there are step by step instructions on syncing, linking, uploading and downloading from FamilyTree and AQ. Syncing notes and sources, adding the FS PID numbers, understanding standardized places, reserving and tracking temple ordinances.

Take advantage of these online classes to help you learn how to use the wonderful features of 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) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com









Monday, February 29, 2016

Preferences


Ancestral Quest comes with various default settings that affect the way you view everything inside the program.

Often individuals are unaware that many of these settings can be changed. The first one that often is asked about is "Fonts". Sometimes we want different fonts for various screens in the program. To do this go to "Tools", scroll down and click on "Preferences" as follows:


Once there, you need to click on the tab that says "Fonts", once there you can use the drop down arrow and change the font for the different sections of the program:


Once you choose the area you wish to adjust, click on the Change and all the options to change the font will be there for you to make that adjustment in the program.

Another item that is often asked is how to change file locations. To do this, simply click on the "Files and Folders" tab and it will allow you to state where the following will be located on your computer:

Database, Import/Export, Backup, Reports and Web Pages

Note there are current default settings but you are able to change this by clicking the 'Browse' button and making the location change like this:


Once you have used the 'Browse' feature to change where you want specific file types to go, you click OK and from that point those files will be placed there.

Customizing the program to your own needs can be difficult when one doesn't know exactly how to change the default settings. If needing to change them this is the way to handle 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) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com


Monday, February 22, 2016

AQ User Groups

Ancestral Quest user groups are organized to help members with the software, share interests, ideas, knowledge, concerns and family history.

Collaboration is another word for team effort. Great things happen when individuals work together, help one another and learn from each other. AQ does have a collaboration tool, however, often individuals enjoy getting together to share the latest discovery, learn how to use a new feature or discuss new records online and how best to access them through Ancestral Quest

The purpose to help someone organize or participate in a user group is the belief that the most effective way to research family history is through collaboration in all things, here are a few possibilities:
  • Locating record sets
  • Locating relatives
  • Organizing Reunions
  • Learn about advances in family history technology
  • Overcoming communication and geographic barriers

Some of the benefits from a user group are:
  • It is a source for news from AQ, from the industry, and genealogical professionals for you to take advantage of
  • It is a resource place to ask questions and get them answered in person
  • It provides local support and continuing education in this field
  • Allows for collaboration on research and pertinent information 
The following are links to those groups we are aware of at this time:

If you are interested in joining a group in your area and do not find one close to you or you would like to start a user group, please email us at Customer Service

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, February 11, 2016

Congratulations to Our RootsTech 2016 Winners!


For RootsTech 2016, our booth had these cool "Ancestral Quest" ribbons for conference attendees to add to their name badges. 

Each day we had a spotter go out into the conference classrooms area and award a lucky person wearing one of our ribbons with a crisp $20 bill. Here are our lucky winners!




Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you for sharing your support of Ancestral Quest at RootsTech 2016!

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