Monday, February 9, 2015

Upgrading to the Next Build..

Updating Ancestral Quest to the Latest Build

Open up your own Ancestral Quest program to do a build update.
The first thing one needs to do is to check to see if there is an update for you. Go to the Internet menu located at the top of the screen, and click on Check for Latest AQ Release. This will bring you to the Ancestral Quest website.

Once the website comes up, it will tell you one of two things:
1) Your copy of Ancestral Quest is up to date
2) Your program needs to be updated. If this is the case, then right-click on AQ14s.exe.

In the right click menu, select Save link as..for Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. For Internet Explore, Select Save Target as...

In the Save As menu, select the Desktop as you download destination. This is to make sure you are able to easily find the installer in just a short time.

Minimize your Internet browser to get it out of the way. You can do this by clicking on the minimize button which is located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. It's the minus button that is just to the left of the X.

Close Ancestral Quest by clicking on the X in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. We need to do this because the installer is not able to run properly if Ancestral Quest is open.

Now you are ready to install the update. On your Desktop, double click on the AQ14s icon, which will begin the installation setup.

To follow the rest of the steps please click here.

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Decisions on Upgrading..

You have AQ 12.1 or earlier and have been postponing upgrading as you are happy with your current software. 

Sometimes you think that, if it is working OK, why should I upgrade to a newer version?

The answer is simple, you are not taking advantage of all the latest features that have been added to make Ancestral Quest a better product for you while giving you many new features to make your family history that much better. 

Ancestral Quest 14 has been a major upgrade from 12.1 and earlier versions. It offers many of the highly anticipated new features: 

1) The Research Timeline
2) Color Coding
3) Tags
4) New Fan Colorful Fan Charts
5) Many new enhancements with FamilySearch Family Tree

To learn more about these features check out our webpage here.

Many additional features have been added to the above list since this release in June, 2012. There have been 22 updates since that time to the present.

Take advantage of upgrading for just 19.95 with a download at the AQ Store and enjoy all the new features for the new year! 

Remember there is online and on the phone support for AQ, our Blog and Facebook page where one can learn more about Ancestral Quest. For those interested, AQ also has 2 Yahoo groups who help each other out. To learn about them click here for general program helps and here for program helps connected with FamilySearch Family Tree.

Start of the New Year and upgrade to Version 14!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Family History Software Sale for the Holidays

Wanting to share your Family History/Genealogy with family members? Now is the perfect time with our holiday special of $10 dollars off of the regular price.

Time has a way of slipping by so quickly and you have worked hard to find the ancestors in your family, it might be time to introduce the next generation to all your discoveries so they can learn of them, what their lives may have been like and their families.

Sharing is also a way of preserving all you have done regarding research and methodically sifting through documents and records to place the correct people in your family files.

Gift the gift of Family History this year...

To take advantage of this promotion, click Ancestral Quest.

Enjoy the holiday season by reaching out to the next generation!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Photos Enhance Your Family File..

When it comes to bringing your research to life, photos and stories are one of the easiest ways to accomplish this single event. 

Holidays are the perfect time to take additional photos of family members especially since no one knows how long we will all be here.

Pictures around the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas are but two of the main holidays that seem to bring families of all generations together.

As one sits around the table, often stories of times past as well as present are shared, thoughts of gratitude for all that has happened since the last year also come into play making this another great opportunity to make a permanent record of the events of the day.

Digital cameras come on cell phones, iPhones, tablets and on the cameras themselves making it so easy to quickly take those favorite pictures that may never be recreated going forward.

Once they are taken and the stories recorded, another feature on most cell phones, they are easily added into the "Scrapbook" section of Ancestral Quest. 

When you go to add a person or edit them, that feature is on the right hand side as follows:

Add caption
Clicking that button brings you to the place where you can easily add your photos:

Clicking on Add brings you to where you can choose the type of file you are adding and its location on your computer:

Note that there are choices but since you are most likely adding a Photo, you would just click on Photo. Next you click on "Browse" to locate the picture on your computer. Once you have that you should fill in the "Caption" and a "Description". This is where you can add more details about the picture for yourself and future generations. 

Once you click "OK" the picture will show up in a "Preview" if that box is checked and you will be able to view it in the "Family" view. It also will be available if you want to create a Scrapbook of all your photos or just multiple photos of one person. Note that if you have multiple pictures of one person, you will have to designate which one you want to show as the default picture.

As you can see from the above, I have 2 pictures in my scrapbook collection and one is starred which is the one shown in my family view, the other one is highlighted in the scrapbook collection and is shown in the preview.

In the description area one can add stories, etc. or put the stories in the notes.

Enjoy the holiday and don't forget the pictures!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Confusion: Using a PAF file or an AQ file?

You are using Ancestral Quest, you installed the program, located your PAF file and have been working on your family file ever since. 

As you continue to use Ancestral Quest you think you have an Ancestral Quest database, after all you are using AQ to add, link, etc. but unless you have converted your PAF file, you are still using a PAF file and missing out on features that work for an AQ file but not a PAF file.

Limitations on continuing to use a PAF file inside of AQ are as follows:

In the Edit menu, the following are disabled:

  • The Quick Entry (Advanced) feature is not available
  • Replace Names/Dates/Places
In the Tools menu, the following are disabled:
  • Color Coding
  • Tags
  • Convert Names to Mixed Case
  • Convert Place Abbreviations
  • Change Log
  • Database Check/Repair (you can open the database within PAF and use PAF's Check/Repair tool)

To check to see what kind of family file you are working on go to File,  scroll and click on "Properties", the menu that comes up clearly shows you exactly what type of file you are are working with by the extension; either .paf for a PAF file or .aq for an Ancestral Quest file or .ac for an Ancestral Quest Collaboration file.

Converting your file is not difficult and the process will leave your PAF file in tack, make a copy and change the copy to a .aq file. Go to File, scroll and click on "Database Converter":

The process provides for you to name the file and then convert the file resulting in you now fully working with an AQ database and being able to use all of the features of the program.

As you continue the learning process of adjusting from PAF to AQ, you'll notice many new and additional features to make family history even better!

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Downloading Confusion?

When it comes to updating and downloading it can be confusing for those who are new to a program. Ancestral Quest is no different and it has 3 types of files to choose from when downloading for the first time or even updating to the latest version.

The screen one gets to for downloads looks like this:

If one looks carefully, each choice is explained, however, sometimes the explanation given is just not enough so lets take a closer look at each one.

The first one is called the "The Streamlined Installer for AQ 14". This is most likely the one individuals should choose unless they want to get involved with Collaboration. New individuals may not even know just what this is and so it is a good thing to begin with downloading and installing this first choice.

The second one is the "Collaboration Support Installer" and one can download and install this separate from the first one.  The program knows how it is connected to the original "Streamlined Installer". Collaboration is a way to have others help with one's genealogical research, to learn more about this feature check out our web page on Collaboration.

The third choice is the "Complete Installer" which has both the Streamlined and the Collaboration together in one download and one installation process.

Hopefully this will help those who struggle with deciding which one to choose whether they are downloading for the first time or just updating to a new build.

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A GEDCOM File: One of the Ways to Share Your Genealogy Files

The above is the symbol for sharing...there is no symbol for GEDCOM and yet that is one of things you can do when you create a GEDCOM file from your own family file database.

Most people know that sharing genealogical information can be difficult. If one shares a paper family group sheet or a typed on, the chances of that information being retyped incorrectly, even accidentally is great. 

Back in 1984, GEDCOM was developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an aid to overcoming obstacles of sharing genealogical information with others.

GEDCOM stands for "Genealogical Data Communication" and is a simple plain text file that contains one's family information.

Over time, all genealogical software programs supported the ability to create a GEDCOM file within the features of that software program and became the standard for many years with some improvements along the way. There has been efforts to improve this file exchange but as of now it is still the industry standard. Wikipedia has a great article on it worth reading if one is interested in the history of this file format.

To create a GEDCOM in Ancestral Quest, one simply goes to "File" and "Export" and uses the menu box that comes up to choose what and what not to include in the actual export of the family file. This is how it looks:

Presently all the boxes are checked, but in reality one would need to be very careful of what to allow. For instance, unchecking "Full Info on Living" might be appropriate if you don't wish to share living information. "Confidential Data" and perhaps "LDS Data" should be unchecked depending on who one is sharing with.

Notice that one can also choose to only send a family or just a small amount of individuals by clicking on the "Partial" and then "Select" button. This would allow one to pick and choose only those in the family file wanting to be shared with that particular person.

"All" might be used if one was uploading their family file to an online database like or and any others. One would still have to be careful not to share "Living Information" especially without their permission.

From this point after you have made your selections, click on "Export" at this point you will given the ability to name your file and press "Export" one more time so it can create your file. The usual place that these files are saved in is "My Documents", however, you can change it to wherever you wish it to be saved.

Once this is created, it now can be shared either with another person or an online database as mentioned already.

That is how simple it is. Next week we'll discuss what to do with a GEDCOM file you receive.

Remember Ancestral Quest is fully FamilySearch Certified!

Comments and questions are always welcome!

Happy Ancestraling...

Claire ;)

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