Monday, August 22, 2016

Notes, Sources, and Media Indicators


Ancestral Quest uses shapes to let you know there are notes, sources and media added to an individual.

Let's say you add a note and/or a source of an individual in the "Edit Individual" screen. You begin by clicking on the Notes/Sources button:


Clicking on the "Notes/Sources" button opens up that section where one can type in notes or add a source. It was blank and we've now added a note on the baptism of Amable Brisson along with adding the baptism information. This action causes the "Triangle" to show up at the end of his name in either the Pedigree view or the Family View.



This shows the user, at a glance, there is additional information on this person.

Next, we will add a document; the 1861 Canadian Census image as follows:


Now we'll add this to the Scrapbook area in the "Edit Individual" section. If the time period was later we may have had a picture we could add but a census record is fine.

This changes the triangle to now have a "white box" inside of it.


These small indicators help the individual know whether they have any notes, sources or media for an ancestor at a glance.

Enjoy these and other 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/


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 gfindlay@ancquest.com





Monday, August 15, 2016

Displaying FS PID

Before there were Family Search ID numbers there were RIN numbers for individuals in your database/family file. 

Depending on your own preferences, you may want to still use the RIN numbers next to your family members to help indentify them, you may want to use the Family Search ID numbers or you many not want any ID numbers after your ancestors' name, either way, Ancestral Quest can accomodate any of these choices.

This setting is under "Preferences" which is under "Tools". 



Once you are there, notice under "Append to Names" that there are five choices:

Nothing
RIN (Record ID Number)
ID
AFN
FamilySearch ID

Depending on which one you want, you'll simply put the dot in the one you choose. If choosing the new FamilySearch ID number, you'll choose the last choice and click 'OK'. The end result will be that your ancestors will look like this if they have been linked to FamilySearch Family Tree:



Sometimes the names are very long and they may get truncaited or go to initials, it also depends on your choice. This choice is also under Preferences but you'll need to click on the tab that says "Formats". When you are there, you can choose how names and places are clipped if needed because of their length is certain views.

This is also where you can determine how the dates show and how places show.



Your choices detemine how the file will be while you are working in it. You can change how these look in various reports as well. 

Enjoy the many 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, August 8, 2016

AQ and Apps


Regardless of what device you use the most, its likely that many have multiple devices and with that comes the need for interconnectivity.

Currently Ancestral Quest works on both a PC and a MAC operating systems with each having their own requirements. These requirements are found on our website here.

Additional devices can be handled through other 3rd party entities which are found listed on our website under "Add-Ons". 




For Apple devices we suggest FamViewer and GedView and for Android devices we suggest Family Bee and GedStar Pro.

Each of these programs will allow you to view your genealogical data on a specific device and the steps to do this are provided from each application's instructions.

They all work with a Gedcom file that is produced by your software. By reading each application's website and information one can upload the Gedcom to the digital device.

The advantages are that you always have your genealogical files with you to show and share with other family members.

Enjoy this and other 'Add Ons' for 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, August 1, 2016

Individual View


The Individual View is a great way to make sure all the information you've entered about a person in your family is there. It also allows you to see how they fit into the family, view the notes and sources altogether providing a snapshot of that individual.

The first section in the Individual View show a picture if you've put one there and all of there basic information along with any additional items you may have placed in "Other Events". Here is a sample from my grandfather:




The next section shows him as a child: 


Then here he is with his spouse and children:



The next section covers the Notes you've entered:


The last section is for the sources:


When you put this altogether you have a nice summary of the individual. It also provides an opportunity to see if you need to add an additional sources or documentation to the family member to have a more complete picture. For instance, you could add stories or have a link to blog stories or add additional pictures. 

You can also print up the whole summary with the pictures and all you have on this individual. Click here to view the summary in PDF format.

Either viewing it on the tab marked "Individual" in Ancestral Quest or creating a document to share,it is a nice way to provide a summary of information on a person in your family file! You also could add this kind of summary in various other places where you may have shared your family file.

Enjoy this great feature in 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, July 25, 2016

Creating Timelines


Regardless of where you are in your research, timelines can prove to be very helpful in many ways.

When one combines an individual life with history, it is even better. Adding the historical content often helps a researcher to understand their ancestors actions better.

Why people moved as often as they did or stayed in one place as long as they did is often confusing to a descendant researching their family history.

To add to this dilemma is the need to add local events also. By doing this, one gets a clearer view of what was going on at the time one's ancestors were there in a particular place.

It is usually easy to locate the world wide events but sometimes finding the local events is a bit more difficult. The local public library is usually helpful as well as local newspapers and histories of the area. 

With all this information you will be able to use the "Timelines" feature in Ancestral Quest to put your ancestor in focus for their time period.

The feature comes preloaded with some world events and you can add what you need to in order to provide a better picture of what could affect all that happened during their life timetime. To access the Timelines feature, simply click on the tab called "Timeline".



This is a simple view of the top section. Note where it says "Options" in the upper left hand corner? This is where you are able to do multiple things regarding your timeline.



Here is where you are able to change colors, fonts, etc. as well as add "Historical Items" to the timeline. To add new historical events or modify existing one, click on the button that says "Edit Historical Items".


Notice the "Add" button is there to add additional historical events. You can choose between a genealogical or historical event or even a historical person.


Once your addition is filled in, you'll click on "Save" and it will be added to timeline. Creating timelines can assist you in locating individuals by shedding light on what was going on around them.

Take advantage of this feature and many more in 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/

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 gfindlay@ancquest.com








Monday, July 18, 2016

Never Married or No Children

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As we know, in life, not everyone get married, Ancestral Quest has a place to indicate when an individual does not marry. To access this, click on an individual to open up "Edit Individual" which is also accessed from the Edit menu or by using the keys for control and I together.


Note there are 3 tabs at the top, "Individual", which is the screen shown, "More", which is highlighted and "Contact". Click on the "More" tab.


We've highlighted where you can indicate if an individual "Never Married" by putting a check mark in the box. This is great for reports and for when doing research. You can forget if an individual was ever married and do research looking for a spouse only to come to the conclusion you already knew but had not marked at that time.

There are also times when a couple have no children and there is a place to indicate this also. Putting the couple in the main location on the 'Family' tab, click on the button marked "Marriage".


With the couple in this location on the "Family" tab, click the button marked "Marriage".


Note again, there is a box highlight where you can put a check in the box next to "no children".

This is also helpful on reports and such so you are not looking for children more than once.

Each of the features are available on both Ancestral Quest and Ancestral Quest Basics. These are good features to use to help prevent unnecessary research.

Enjoy this and all the 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, July 11, 2016

Merging Duplicates


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For various reasons we often end up with duplicates of people in our family files and databases. This feature is often used after adding other gedcom files or additional files from a 3rd party to your own files. Other times this occurs is when you accidentally add a family in twice at different times or you are working together with others in a collaborative file and didn't see the original entries, duplicates due happen and need to be merged.

Ancestral Quest has a merge function to help you remove these duplicates.

Note that it is always a good idea to make a "backup" of your file before beginning to merge in case along the way you start making some errors in your merges.

There are a couple of ways to access the "Merge" function, one is by clicking on the ICON that looks like the one above and the other is to go to "Tools", scroll down and click on "Merge", either way it will bring up the following screen:


Note this is where you bring up the two individuals to merge. 

At the bottom of this screen you'll want to turn on "Enable Intelligent Matching" if you want the software to help you with these duplications. You also can set your own parameters concerning what constitutes matches when using this feature. This is where you'll adjust various parameters:


Note that you can adjust a large variety of things to help the software with finding your duplicates. Once you have either adjusted them or left the default settings in place, click "OK" to close this box.

Once you are back at the earlier screen click on the button that says "Next" and it will bring up the first set of matches the software finds according to the values in the Options box we were just in. They will be brought in alphabetically. Here is a sample:


Notice the different colors to help you decide if this is going to be a match you merge. The Green represents the first person or the one with the lowest RIN number, the Red represents the duplicate and the Black shows what this individual will look like when the merge is complete. 

If you are not sure you want to do that particular merge, click the "Next Match" until you find one you will merge. In the case above I was not sure so clicked the next one and that was worth merging.

Another way to merge when you know ahead of time who the duplicates are and you have written down their RIN numbers, you can click on the "Search" button under each section, the primary and the duplicate and enter those RIN numbers in. Once they are up and you are looking at them, you simply click on the "Merge" button. 

While it is common to keep the primary one as the lower RIN number, it is your choice as to which way you do your merges. Once you are finished, simply click the "Close" button and you are back at the main screen of Ancestral Quest.

Enjoy this and all the 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