Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AQ ICONS


Today Icons are everywhere we go, from icons in a store to icons in a magazine or a newspaper to computer programs and even in emails and text messages. They are helpful in conveying a message to the receiver of the icon or the user of a program.

Ancestral Quest, like other programs, has these icons at the top of the program as shortcuts to various features in the program. Many times individuals are unaware that they are there to provide shortcuts to features and will use the drop down menu items to complete a task adding additional keystrokes. 

Lets review the ones that are there in hopes that you'll be able to use those icons and save a few keystrokes the next time you are in Ancestral Quest.


Yellow folder: Open database           Green Arrow pointing down: Import
Yellow Arrow pointing up: Export       Printer: Print Reports and Charts
Stand alone hard drive: Publish a Book 
Person with a pencil: Edit Individual Notepad with pencil:Edit Notes/Sources
Camera: Scrapbook                          Person with a + (plus) sign: add person


Clip board with pencil:Add a To-Do Item
File Cabinet: Research Manager       Binoculars: Find Individual or Marriage
Person in front of a listing: Search for Individual
Magnifier in front of a drop-down chart: Relationship Search
House: Takes you to Home person  Yield Sign: Merge Individuals
Globe with paper: Create WWW Page   
Globe with Magnifier: Search web with favorite site for highlighted person

With each of the above commands, there is a matching location in the various drop down menus located right above these icons along with many other commands.

Enjoy these and all 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/

(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com

Monday, September 12, 2016

Samples


Lots of people like to "see" how things work before they consider an investment. Ancestral Quest is no exception and provides Ancestral Quest "Basics" for those wanting to start their own family file.

If this is a little too intimidating, you can check out how the family file will look by downloading the "Adam" sample database which is in backup format. When you download it, you'll need to "Restore" it to view how it looks in Ancestral Quest.

This particular database traces European Royalty lineage back to Adam. The file contains over 5000 individuals. The theory is if you can get back to King Edward III you've got it back to Adam. There are no sources in this file, so with a little bit of work you could add them if you wish. 



The next sample provided is a "Scrapbook Sample Database". Once you download the file, it is a self-extracting file and will create a folder called "AQ12xSample Data\ScrapbookV12.aq." Once you locate the file, open it up to "Afton Hartley".

Once you click on Afton, open the "Edit Individual" screen and click on "Scrapbook", then "Slide Show" and you'll see the end result of a slide show with music, etc. 

To learn how to work with photos, check out the "AQ Quick Start Video" and click on the section called "Scrapbooking". Here you'll be shown how the pictures, sound and video work together.






The link to both of these samples is here. Enjoy taking a moment to learn how these features can make a great addition to your Family History!

Enjoy this and many other features 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








Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Moving Notes into FamilySearch FamilyTree

Notes are a convenient way to add bits of information for an ancestor. Whether its a copy of an obituary or a link to a newspaper article, or additional back up information specific to that one ancestor.

In Ancestral Quest, one simply clicks on the "Notes" button from the "Edit Individual" screen and enters all that one wishes to be there. Knowing that this is a "Flat-text" file, no formatting occurs in this format. You can add quotes and punctuation but that is it.

The next step would be to share those notes to the same ancestor in FamilySearch Family Tree. To do this, login to FamilySearch and click on the blue tree to open up this individual's FamilySearch Family Tree entry highlighting the "notes" area at the bottom:



You should be able to see how there are notes on one side and not the other. There is a link at the top, however, that is only a note about the "Burial" information and the rest of the notes are not in FamilySearch Family Tree.

To bring those notes over, click on the "Notes" button at the bottom.


Here you see that the burial information is there, to simplify this whole notes section, we will move all of the notes over and change the title to "Additional Family Information". To do this, we highlight everything on the left side and use the keystrokes "Control" + "C" and the keystrokes "Control" + "V" to paste them to the other side. 


Note that information has now been copied over, the title was changed and a reason provided for adding the information, once we click on 'Save', that information will be there in FamilySearch Family Tree.

All that information is hidden behind a link labeled "Additional Family Information"



Clicking that link now brings up all the information on both sides showing it is in both locations:


Now that we have copied all the notes, we are done with this individual's update to FamilySearch Family Tree and we click the "Close" button to bring us back to our own database/family file. 

This is the way to add your notes in your AQ file to FamilySearch Family Tree.

Enjoy this and many other features 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, August 29, 2016

Determining Relationship

by Gringer (talk)
Trolling through your family file one can easily stumble on an unfamiliar family surname as you work backwards. 

When doing family history research, the number of individuals in your family file doubles with each generation and so simply going back to your 6th great-grandparents will give you at least 256 individuals. This does not count the children of these ancestors and their families, so your family file quickly grows as you continue to research.

Locate the two people you want to find their relationship first. Write down their RIN numbers. Now in Ancestral Quest, to calculate the 'blood'relationship between two people go to Tools, scroll down and click on "Calculators" than "Relationship":




In the resulting box that opens up, click the "Search" box and enter the first number, for this blog we will use my mother who is RIN # 861:


Now, clicking on the second "Search Box" enter the 2nd RIN number and then click "Calculate":


This shows that Francois Coutu is the 4th great-grandfather to my mother. If there had been no blood relationship, the program informs you of this. To view this is a diagram, simply click on the button that says "Print to File". You will asked where you want to save the text file and then if you wish to view it. This is the results:



As you can see, it clearly shows how these individuals are related.

Enjoy this and many other features 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, 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/


(c) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 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