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








Friday, May 29, 2015

Direct Research Links

While Ancestral Quest is a place to enter your ancestral information, it also has tools to help you research those ancestors in order to add new generations and fill in family information.

Looking in my files I'd like to learn more information on Charles Brisson, born in 1670 in Chateau Richer, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I've highlight him and clicked on the drop down "Internet" as follows:


One can choose from this point to search Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, WorldVitalRecords.com or go to my own list of "Favorite Sites" and see the results of my search. In reality, one needs to check each one out to see what information is available and what documentation is there to back up that information.

If one clicks the "Search Favorite Sites.." it brings up all the sites entered for researching:



Clicking on 'Perform Internet Search', takes the search of the highlighted person to that site. Checking Ancestry didn't provide much, but WorldConnect, FamilySearch and World Vital Records returned some possible connections:







Details (Sources) were provided with the FamilySearch entry and clicking the section from World Vital Records which is now owned by MyHeritage required a subscription, however, if you are in a Family History Center that is available for free.

The World Connect's response was from RootsWeb which also offered additional information on this family:



Additional searchable websites can be added to the 'Favorites' and this research tool can be used to help extend your ancestral lines and fill in missing family members.

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, May 15, 2015

AQ Newsletters


Ancestral Quest has a monthly newsletter that you should be receiving by email. 

We've had a newsletter since March, 2014 that is packed with ideas, tips, the latest updates, what's coming and information on ways to use different features. It is worth your time to review these each month. Here is the front of the newsletter:



If you are missing any of the newsletters, they are now available here: Newsletter Archives.

Additionally, we are on Facebook for those who are into Social Media, you can post questions, share ideas and success stories for others to read. Here is the link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AncQuest

We also post tips and lots of inspirational and funny comments regarding genealogy and family history! For instance, our post today looks like this:


Learning about all the great features in Ancestral Quest will definitely help improve your research skills and in locating those elusive ancestors!

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








Thursday, May 7, 2015

Setting the Home Person

Ever want to change the "Home" person in your Family File? This is not a difficult thing to do and is accomplished with a few clicks in Ancestral Quest.

First you determine who you want in the #1 position, it doesn't matter what their RIN number is to be there, just write that number down or remember it.

Go to "Tools" and scroll down to "Preferences" like this:


Once you have clicked on the "Preferences" you'll need to go to the "Database Tab", note that the default tab is "General" so when you open preferences it will go to the General Tab.


We have circled the area where you put the RIN number of the person you want in that "Home" position. Once you enter that number, click on "OK".

That's it, now that person will be in the main position when you click on the "Home" Icon at the top of the program.


As long as you use the Icon you'll be able to get to the 'Home' person in the Pedigree or the Family View.

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