Monday, November 21, 2016

Color Coding

Colors help us in many ways each day. The bright sun lifts our spirits and sometimes the dark dull skies do just the opposite. Color has a way of setting a mood in a room as well as providing a calm reassurance all around us.

In genealogy, colors help us to stay organized and know what family lines we are working on. This system was developed awhile ago, I'm not sure who actually invented it, but my colleague, Mary E. V. Hill, developed a whole organization system around the four colors of Blue, Green , Red, and Yellow.

The idea is to have a different color for each of your 4 grandparents as follows:

Grandfather's lineage on your father's side: Blue

Grandmother's lineage on your father's side: Green

Grandfather's lineage on your mother's side: Red

Grandmother's lineage on your father's side: Yellow

In Ancestral Quest, you can easily set your colors this way making it easy for you to know whose lines you are working on! [Tweet this]

Go to 'Tools', scroll down and click on 'Color Coding':


The following screen opens up to show you how the colors will look and to change them if you wish:


Note that you need to have the root person in that 'Selected person' location for the 4 colors to be set in the right order with the correct families. This is set to all your direct lines throughout your whole database/family file. If you add additional individuals you'll need to re-set the colors again to include them. A good rule is to reset them about once a month depending on often you work on your file.

Also note that you can do custom colors for specific individuals if you wish int he section just below where you set the colors. When you put your family in pedigree view you'll see these colors as well as in family view 



This same color system flows over to the various charts which also match the color charts you'll see on FamilySearch.org and other genealogical websites. When printing a color coded fan chart in Ancestral Quest, you simple choose the fan chart you want, a full circle, half, or quarter and then check the 4-color and you are now ready to create and then print your colorful chart.


The above arrows show where you need to make some choices of the type of chart you want, how many generations, etc. Under 'Common Options', you can suppress the RIN numbers which you usually don't want on the chart. The end result is as follows:


Of course this is only a small 5 generation chart, one can make one up to 13 generations, when you make one that large you'll need to save it as a PDF and have it printed for you unless you have a very large color printer.

Enjoy this colorful feature and many others 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/

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 gfindlay@ancquest.com














Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recording your DNA



When it comes to recording your DNA results in your software, Ancestral Quest has a place for you to enter that information.

Simply go to the individual who has had a DNA test done and double click to open up their "Edit Individual" screen. Once there, click on the "More" tab at the top:



Now click on the button labeled "DNA Markers:


Simply enter the results in the appropriate locations and it is now saved for future comparisons. This information can be part of the "Individual Summary" report.



Here you can view the results in a report. Take advantage of 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, October 17, 2016

Multiple Spouses

When working with multiple spouses in Ancestral Quest, you have the option to set it to a specific spouse, as well as adding however many spouses there are in that particular family unit. 

To add an additional wife, one simply highlights the husband, then click on the "Add Spouse" button.


Notice the button in the lower right hand corner above, in your program, it is half way down on the right side.

When you click that button, a screen opens up to add a spouse to the highlighted individual, one should always check that information in the upper left hand corner to make sure the additional spouse is being added to the correct individual.




Once you fill this whole form out, the new spouse will be added to the stated individual. If you need to have the new spouse placed in the main position with the husband, you have two options: 1) click the down arrow at the end of the spouse's name:


Or you can click on the "Order" button just above the "Add Spouse" button.


If there are additional spouses to be added, simply repeat this process.

Enjoy all this and all the features with Ancestral Quest today!

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, October 10, 2016

AQ Report Choices

When it comes to creating charts, Ancestral Quest has a large selection of charts that an individual can create from their family information. To get to the section to print charts, one simply clicks on the 'printer' icon or you can get there by clicking on 'File', scroll down and click on 'Print Reports and Charts'.


Looking at the above menu, we'd like to point out how one can click on any one of the tabs at the top to get to the type of chart one may be wanting to print or create to share.

Each tab has a few different things on it but they all have a lot of similar items too. They all have a Common Option button which is where you can suppress RIN and MRIN numbers on a report as well as include Relationship Codes, Multiple parents indicators, color coding and tags.

To the right under the Preferences button you'll find the place either include LDS Data or not, capitalize surnames and add color.

The button labeled Source Images provides you with the ability to add a caption and a description to the images.

The Fonts button allows you to change the size of the font for various parts of the chart or report you are creating.

The Printer Setup button will allow you to change it to a PDF or to print the chart or report and the Page Setup button allows you to adjust the size of the paper, this is a nice feature if you are printing a large wall chart that will be printed on a special printer for large charts.

With this large variety of altering that can be done to a chart, one can definitely create some great looking charts. Here is a link to review some of the charts that can created with Ancestral Quest.

Enjoy these wonderful chart features and more with Ancestral Quest today!

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


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