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!




Friday, June 12, 2015

Setting those Relationships..


Do you struggle trying to figure out how person no. 452 is related to you?

Often it happens that you discover a new individual and are curious as to their exact relationship or one is just curious.

Ancestral Quest allows you to set your relationship to whomever you wish in your family database file.

This is done by highlighting the individual you want to set the relationship to and then going to "Tools" and scroll down and click on "Relationship Indicators":



If the root person is not the person you want, click on the 'Search' button to locate the correct person which would be the highlighted individual, put their number in the box and click OK and then click OK one more time. 



When you click that second 'OK', the programs goes through your whole family database file and re-sets the relationships to that person, the message you receive looks like this:


Click that last 'OK' and the relationships have now been set to that individual. To view them, put your file in the 'Family' view by clicking on the 'Family' tab. The relationships show above the individuals as such:


This can be done with anyone in your family database file and show just how you are related to that expected visitor!

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 5, 2015

New Computer? How to Re-Download Ancestral Quest


Computers often need replacing when we least expect it and then it can be a panic to get everything off the one that is going or gone and transferring everything to the new computer.

All this can be difficult and unsettling for many, especially when they finally get home with their data and no programs.

Most places will copy your data but you still have to re-install the program. Family History/Genealogy is one of those types of programs most places will want you to re-install yourself, so how do you do that? Do you have to get a new registration key? 

1) You don't need to purchase another key, you can email us and we will send it to you. 

2) To re-install the latest version of the program go to our website at http://www.ancquest.com and click on "Resources" and then "Downloads" in the drop down.



This takes you to our "Downloads" page, here you need to click on the section that says "Re-download your Ancestral Quest installer"



You are now at the Downloads Box where you click on AQ14 and are brought to the actual location of the download.


This last click takes you to the actual page to download the program. There are 3 choices:

1) The 'Streamlined Installer'
2) Collaboration Installer
3) Complete Installer (this includes the first 2 together but you still have to           install them separately)

One the program has downloaded you have to double click it to Run although sometimes you are given the option to run it once the program has downloaded.

That's it! You've succeeded in installing the program on your new computer or laptop.

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