Author Archive: Dale

New Computer

New Computer No, I don’t have one, but I was asked how to move AQ from an old computer to its replacement. It really is easy to do, and there is more than one way to do it. It really isn’t even necessary to move it. 1. If you are using Ancestral Quest Basics (the free …

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Baptism for the Dead

Baptism for the Dead This is primarily for LDS users of Ancestral Quest, because it shows how to find people who have not been baptized. For those who have a non-LDS FamilySearch account, the process works about the same way, but it happens faster. Non-LDS accounts skip the step where they check to see what …

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Update Ordinances

Update Ordinances This applies only to those with an LDS Login to FamilySearch Family Tree. Others will receive the message invalid_grant error during login to FamilySearch: 400. The purpose of this function is to update ordinance information in the local AQ or PAF file, so that it reflects new ordinance activity in Family Tree. To …

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Online Sources

Online Sources Yes, sources are an often discussed and often disputed subject. How should I document things? Should I use Notes for my documentation? Do I really want to save all those images of documents? Is there a better way? I hesitate to suggest that what I am about to present is ‘The Best Way’ …

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Relationships I am a member of a Yahoo Group called AncestralQuest. It is a discussion group for people who use the Ancestral Quest program. You can find this group by starting Ancestral Quest, clicking on the Internet tab and selecting Ancestral Quest Home Page. From there, click on Community and select AQ User Groups. Recently, …

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Name Lists

Name Lists …and how to manipulate them Here is a typical Name List. Notice the upward pointing triangle in the red box. The triangle indicates a sorted field. This one is attached to the Name field. We can tell that the field is sorted into ascending order because the triangle points up. Descending sorts point …

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Backup Dates

Backup Dates Ancestral Quest makes backups as a precaution, to protect us from hardware failure, and also as a way to make files smaller, for attaching to emails. It can backup both the PAF file format, and the Ancestral Quest format. We will discuss only the .aqz backups. Users sometimes overlook the fact that they …

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Descendant Research 2014-05-10

Descendant Research In the previous article on Descendant Research, we discussed how to download the descendants of an ancestor from the FamilySearch Family Tree. There is much information available in Family Tree, however, the research on that information is sometimes questionable. I recommend that you not import this information directly into a good file. How then …

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Just what is a GUID? UUID UUID is an acronym for Universally Unique IDentifier. The term is further defined in a document published by  a group called Network Working Group. They defined it this way: “A UUID is 128 bits long, and can guarantee uniqueness across space and time. UUIDs were originally used in the Apollo Network …

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Merge – Simple

Merge – Simple By Merge – Simple, I don’t mean to imply that it is simple to merge. What I mean is that there is more than one way to do this, and the methods vary in complexity. This method is less complex than some others. I sometimes tell my wife that Delete is almost …

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