Monday, June 27, 2016

Setting Parent-Child Relationships


Families come in all sizes, shapes and types, sometimes the relationships need to be adjusted for various reasons. 

Ancestral Quest allows you to adust the relationship to both the father and the mother separately as needed depending on the individual situations.

To do this put the child in the main position in the "Family View" with the parents to the right of the child like this:


Click on the button that says "Other Parents/Rels" to fix the relationship of each parent to this child:


By changing the relationship here, it shows up in the family view listing here:


Note that if they are biological children there will be no relationship shown. It is that simple to show the relationships between children and their parents.

Take advantage of the many features of Ancestral Quest, you can always learn more about the features from the many tutorials available from our Learning Center.

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, June 20, 2016

Creating a Birthday Calendar in AQ


When it comes to remembering birthdays and anniversaries, Ancestral Quest can help you create one by month or by specific months or a full year. This can be very helpful so as to not forget someones special day or a couple's anniversary.

To begin click on the 'Printer' icon at the top of the program to open up "Print Reports and Charts" and then click on the tab that says "Calendar":



From this menu box follow these steps:
  1. Select the Start Year, then Month and the End Year and Month
  2. Click the Select button to select the individuals to include, you can choose "All" or just "Descendants" and of course "family"
  3. Repeat process if you want to include a spouses relations too
  4. Click on the button that says "Select" once you make your choice and when done click "OK"
  5. Under Options, check "Living Only", "Include Birthdays" and anything else you wish to have on this calendar
  6. If you want colorful borders you can choose those too as well as the border style for the calendar and name options
  7. You can also change the color and font of the title of the month under the buttons labeled "Titles" and "Fonts"
  8. Once done, click on the "Preview" button to see if this is how you like it
  9. If not, go back and change your colors and anything else to fine tune it
  10. Once completed, you can send it to your printer and enjoy
One of the nice things about this is you can create a colorful calender page for each month, just adjust the colors, etc. and print that new month. Either way, it is a nice feature that helps you remember all the important people in your life!

Here is a sample of the top half of January to give you an idea of how color they can be:



Enjoy this and all of the features that Ancestral Quest offers each one who uses 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) 1994-2016 Incline Software, All Rights Reserved
 gfindlay@ancquest.com






Monday, June 13, 2016

Using Your Change Log


As one works in their database/family file, it's often difficult to remember all the work done in a session, never mind over time. The way to overcome this is by turning on the "Change Log" in Ancestral Quest.

To do this, go to Tools, scroll down and click on "Preferences"


Once there, click on the tab that says "Database":


Note in the lower left hand side of this section it says "Log Changes". Put a check in the box next to the words "Record Changes". You also can tell it how many entries to record and then click on "OK" once you've done this.

At this point you need to continue to work for a few days and then go back to view your log by clicking on the "View" button. 



After a few days, go back to Tools, scroll and click on preferences and then click the "Database" tab to get to the section where the "View" button is clickable. It will come up as shown above and if one highlights an entry it shows up on the bottom there for you to view what was done at that time.

Additionally, you can "print" your change log and "delete" it if you wish, either way, this is very helpful for going back and reviewing what was done in case of problems or confusion on an entry in the future.

Enjoy this and many other features using 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, June 6, 2016

Fixing Quick Entry Place List


Sometimes we enter the wrong spelling for a location and then with Quick Entry turned on it\s difficult to get past it.

When using Quick Entry it makes it quicker to enter information into your database/family file, however, when the place is spelled wrong the error keeps happening.

To fix an entry in Quick Entry, go to Edit and click on Quick Entry Place List.



In the box that opens up, locate the place you need to edit by using the scroll bar on the right if necessary and selecting it.


Click on the "Edit" button and the highlighted area is brought down into the bottom area where you can make your changes. Once those changes are made you'll want to "Save" the change. Next click on the "Close" button to close this out. From this point on you'll have the correct entry for that location. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary.

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Date Preferences



Linking and syncing your family file/database with FamilySearch Family Tree is one of the great features of Ancestral Quest.

Some time ago, FamilySearch Family Tree went to spelling out the full month and at that time most genealogical software used the shortened abbreviated version of the month including Ancestral Quest.

In January when we released our latest build, number 33, the ability to match that change in Family Tree was made available in Ancestral Quest.

To change your current month to the fully spelled out month go to Tools and Preferences:



Once there you'll need to click on the tab titled "Formats":



Note the drop down next to "Month", here is where you can choose how you want your month displayed as well as how you want the whole date to appear in your family file/database on all of your reports.

This new adjustment makes it easier when linking and syncing with FamilySearch Family Tree but also follows through to the reports making them look more professional.

If you haven't updated to the latest build, number 33, you'll need to do that to take advantage of this new feature! Click here to see how to update your AQ 14 software to the latest build.

Enjoy this and many other features on Ancestral Quest today, you can try it out for free by downloading Ancestral Quest Basics here.


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, May 23, 2016

Importing from FamilySearch FamilyTree


Many individuals download from FamilySearch Family Tree to save them a lot of time doing data entry. With Ancestral Quest this can be done with a few clicks.

Its best to add at the end of a line or start with a deceased ancestor. Once you locate them and you have linked them to FamilySearch Family Tree, keeping them highlighted, you'll click FamilySearch in the AQ menu, scroll and click on "Import Family Lines".



At this point the program already had "Add Ancestors to the end-of-line person" ready to go with the individual I had highlighted. 

Notice under "Additional Options" that I can state how many generations to download and to include families and spouses of children. You'll need to check those boxes if you want that to happen and be added to your database/family file.

At this point I can click on "Import" and I will be prompted to make a backup, one should always make a backup before importing anything from anywhere in case something doesn't work properly.

I can also change my selection to any of the other selections, however, you may be asked for their FSPID number so one should write that down if you are doing something different.

Once you've passed by the backup, it will start to import and depending on how many generations it has to download will determine the length of time it takes.

There is a progress bars that lets you know where its at in the download process but once it is complete those individuals will be added to your database/family file. You may to connect them to the family they need to be connected to.

That is it, with a few clicks you can easily update your own database/family file.

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, May 16, 2016

AQ Registration Key


At some point one is going to need their Ancestral Quest registration key to allow the program to work at full featurered capcity. From losing a computer to a hard disk failure to switching and upgrading to a new operating or adding a new lap top to your digital devices.

To locate your key, go to Help, scroll and click on "Register Ancestral Quest"


When clicking on this another menu box opens up to show you the key if it is there or the place to enter the key number:


When entereing in the key note that you need to enter it in exactly as it or it will not work. Once entered you'll click "Save and Continue" and you'll be all set to use all the features of the program.

If you still unable to recover your key, you can email us at support@ancquest.com and we will send it to you if it is in our database.

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