Author Archive: Dale

Descendant Research

Descendant Research What? Descendant research is the practice of selecting one or more distant relatives, and researching their descendants, instead of their ancestors. Why? In ancestor research, the focus sometimes shifts to finding more and more generations. In descendant research, the focus is always on “how wide” instead of “how tall.” Descendant research is a …

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110 Year Rule

110 Year Rule This Lesson is for Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 110 year rule tells us that as a courtesy to more closely related family members, we will not reserve ordinances for deceased individuals born more recently than 110 years ago, without the permission of those living relatives.  This begs …

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Microsoft XP

Microsoft XP This does not concern Ancestral Quest directly, however some of you may be using the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will terminate support for Windows XP. This does not mean that it will stop working, but it does mean that Microsoft will no longer send security updates or …

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Direct Links

Direct Links in the Pedigree view Ancestral Quest includes a feature which allows you to see information from when you are in the pedigree view. Before using this feature, information in the pedigree view looks like this. To use this feature, click on the View tab on the menu bar and select Links. …

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Relative Address

Relative Address Why use an address? A relative address is NOT what you use to find Uncle Bob’s house, at least not in computer terms. Let’s face it. One of the main things we use computers for is to store things. We use them to store pictures, recipes, mail, spreadsheets, games, and yes, our ancestors. …

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Place Names

Place Names In the Quick Start Video Tutorial, Gaylon Findlay, the author of Ancestral Quest, talked about why it is a good idea to enter any Place Names as City, County, State or Province and Country. He said the following: “It is common practice in genealogy to record places in four levels, as city, county, …

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Paths The Road Not Taken TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better …

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AQ Version 14.00.16

AQ Version 14.00.16 Tuesday, 12 Nov 2013 was a monumental day. On this date, Incline Software completed the work of dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s necessary to receive Tree Share+ certification from FamilySearch. It was also a monumental day because on that date, FamilySearch eliminated the Tree Share+ certification, and replaced …

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Event Sentences

Event Sentences We track our ancestors by recording events in their lives, such as Birth, Christening, Marriage, Death and Burial. These are probably the five most sought after, and standardized genealogical events. They are obviously not the only ones. Ancestral Quest comes with a long list of other Event Types which it supports. To see …

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Internet Sources

Showing Internet Sites as Sources I recently decided to use the database as a secondary source on the Burial dates and places in my Ancestral Quest file. I had previously created an Other Event, which I called Cemetery Plot, to store the information I found in Find A Grave. When  Ancestral Quest version 14.00.14 was …

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