Author Archive: Dale

State of Confusion

In the Yahoo Group [AncestralQuest] an interesting question was asked this morning. I’m attempting to identify all of my ancestors who have been born, lived, married or died in a particular state.  How do I generate such a list? There are two general approaches to this problem. 1. Use the Contains operator. 2. Query the …

Continue reading

What is CSV?

  OK, so What is CSV? CSV is an acronym for Comma Separated Values. They don’t look very good as a report, but your spreadsheet will love them. The idea for this lesson came from a comment I received today on AQWillDo. The comment asked how to create a CSV file because CSV doesn’t appear …

Continue reading

Custom Event Sentences

In his album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!, Bob Newhart quoted a monkey which typed, “To be or not to be: that is the gazornenplat.” Sometimes there are sentences that just don’t conform to the expected. For example, we can look at the expected form of the sentence created to describe the Cemetery User Event. …

Continue reading

Video Notice

The Videos page of AQ Will Do has a new entry explaining how to use the new Hints feature found in version 15 of Ancestral Quest. Follow the links to see these.

Continue reading

Sex Change

Sex Change in AQ? I received an interesting Comment to the article Legal Name Change. Comment: Thanks for this great article. A related issue I’ve been trying to figure out relates to when someone not only changes their name, but also their sex. Is there *any* way to handle this in AQ. (I haven’t found …

Continue reading

Legal Name Change

I am a member of the Yahoo Group AQ_NFS. This is a forum for people who take advantage of the links available within Ancestral Quest to the FamilySearch Family Tree. A group member posed an interesting question: I have a niece with the Given Name of Ruth Smith, she married and then went by Ruth Jones, …

Continue reading

Let’s Get Personal

Back in 1981 I received a phone call from Russ Borneman, who worked in the HR department of the LDS Church. He asked me if I would consider accepting employment with the Church. After some consideration, I accepted that offer. He asked me how soon I could begin working for them, and I told him …

Continue reading

Is My File Healthy

Obituaries are an inevitable part of being a genealogist. I have bookmarked three local newspaper obituary columns on the internet just so I don’t miss anything important to me. From time to time I see references to a death after the discovery of a disease in its later stages. These are deaths that might have …

Continue reading

FamilySearch

I am a member of the Yahoo Group AQ_AncestralQuest. One of the group members made this request: Please provide steps to include family search ID number in AQ14 He then described the field at the bottom of the Edit Individual screen by saying: FamilySearch ID (greyed out) I would have waited to see what replies …

Continue reading

API

API Ancestral Quest has the ability to pass information to and from the FamilySearch Family Tree. To do this, two things are necessary. The user must have established a usercode and password authorizing access to the Family Tree. The program used (in this case Ancestral Quest) must access the FamilySearch Family Tree through the Application …

Continue reading