Category Archives: Genealogy

FamilySearch has Duplicates?

There are approximately 8 billion records of individuals on the public FamilySearch Family Tree. (Hereinafter referred to as FS Tree) Some of them are duplicates. That is, records referring to the same person, but with slightly different information. Some duplicate records may even contain the same information. How do the duplicates get there? It’s easy. …

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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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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

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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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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Videos

Learn Ancestral Quest with Videos I tell people that I teach Ancestral Quest at the Ogden FamilySearch Library, and that is almost true. I moderate the class. Most of the teaching is done by Gaylon Findlay, who wrote Ancestral Quest. Gaylon built this capability into the program, and you can use it at home if you …

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DNA

DNA – The Gene in Genealogy Storing your genome Ancestral Quest provides for storing the results of your DNA testing. This is done on the More tab of the Edit Individual screen. To enter your DNA markers click on the DNA Markers… button. Hers and His DNA testing is gender specific. Females require mitochondrial testing.  If …

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Tools – Preferences – Database

How to – Preferences – Database Preferences… are reached through the Tools tab on the Menu bar. Clicking on Tools > Preferences… will present the Preferences screen. If it is not already showing, click on the Database tab. Title: is in the upper left corner. By default it will contain the name of your file, but it can be changed. The value in this field will appear on …

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Tools – Preferences – Files and Folders

How to – Preferences – Files and Folders Preferences… are reached through the Tools tab on the Menu bar. Clicking on Tools > Preferences… will present the Preferences screen. If it is not already showing, click on the Files and Folders tab. This is where you let Ancestral Quest know how to find the folder where it can find your backup files, the folder where you want …

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