Thursday, October 3, 2019

AQ Mac Users Information


MacOS Catalina will be available this month, it is the first Mac Operating System built to support only 64-bit applications, older 32-bit applications will not work. In addition, the 235 32-bit applications will be removed from their Mac Apple Store. 

Being prepared is key concerning this Mac update. Wonder what will NOT work? Choose "About This Mac" from the Apple menu, click "System Report". Once there, scroll down to "Software" in the side bar and select "Applications". When you click on an application, check the line labeled"64-Bit (Intel)", if it says "No". it will not run on Catalina. Checking each application listed to see if it is a 64-bit version will provide one an idea of the number of programs that will no longer work including Ancestral Quest

During these last few years, the folks who provide the technical layer between Ancestral Quest and MacOS (which allows AQ to run on your Mac) have been working on a new technical layer that will convert the 32-bit workings of AQ into 64-bit workings required by MacOS Catalina. They call this technical layer a 'wrapper', and had hoped to be done by now, but they are still working on it. We hope that they will be ready before Catalina is released, but they may be a few weeks behind.

If you get a notice it is available and Apple invites you to upgrade to the new version, simply delay upgrading until we have this new 64-bit wrapper available. Delaying the upgrade will allow you to continue using AQ until this new wrapper is available. 


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) 1994-2019 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
     ancquest@ancquest.com



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

AQ - Preparing for the Unexpected!


Each days' work is valuable, yet, without thinking one can easily click a backup away or the backup is on the same computer as the genealogical/family history data. With all digital devices, it is a fact they all fail at some point in time, not knowing the when puts the emphasis on taking the necessary steps to make backups and copy files to a safe place.

In Ancestral Quest there is a way to tell the program to back up your files to a specific location, like a flash drive, drop box, google drive, iCloud or an external hard drive. When in the program simply  go to Tools--> Preferences and click on the tab marked " Files and Folders". Once there take time to set up where to store your backup files.


Click on "Browse" and locate your external location, a flash drive, drop box, some place other than your own computer. Once you've located the place to put your files, you'll see the exact location to the right of "Backup", click "OK" and you are set. Each time you backup the file it will automatically back up to the chosen location.

On a separate note, copying any digital pictures and documents to perhaps the same location is also a wise idea. If something goes wrong with the computer, an electrical storm, an unexpected power serge, or even the computer is and old one your files and data are safely stored!

If you have to retrieve a file because something happened or you replaced your computer, you will simply need to copy the most recent backup to your new computer's document folder. Re-download the program from here: http://ancquest.com/ver15.htm, run and install it. 

With the program open, go to File-->Restore you will look for the file you placed there and click "Open", then he "Save As" window will appear asking you where to save it and what name to give the file.


Once you fill in the information, click "Restore" and the file will be there. If you have done this on an existing computer, be sure to change the name as it will overwrite what may be there. Note: If you are on a new computer you'll need to establish the back up location once again.

Taking these precautions will allow you to continue your research knowing it will not disappear regardless of what may happen with the computer.

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) 1994-2019 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
     ancquest@ancquest.com





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