Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch Family Tree
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Ancestral Quest (AQ)
can act as a bridge between your data and FamilySearch Family Tree (Family Tree). AQ was the first Desktop family tree product to be
certified by FamilySearch in 2008, and received an award from FamilySearch for having the most
comprehensive set of tools for working with the family tree products of FamilySearch. These tools make it possible for
you to download data from Family Tree into your own database, as well as share information from your database
with Family Tree. (Most of these capabilities are available in both Ancestral Quest and
Ancestral Quest Basics, but a few of the more advanced features are only available in the full version.
Let's give you a brief look into the screens that allow you to work with Family Tree. Click on any
screen below to enlarge it.
First, you will need to activate these features. You can do this in AQ's Preferences screen.
With these features enabled, you will immediately see tree icons by the name of each deceased person in your file,
both in the Family View and in the Pedigree View. Initially, these icons will be gray,
indicating that you have not yet linked the person with Family Tree. Simply click on the gray tree
icon to begin the matching process with Family Tree. Once you have linked a person in your file with
the corresponding record in Family Tree, you will note that the tree icon turns blue.
These icons give you a quick visual overview of which individuals have been linked with Family Tree
and which have not yet been linked, just by noting gray vs blue coloring.
can also sort the list of names by the FS PID, to quickly see
which of all your records have been linked and which have not. (In AQ, you can
sort the list of individuals on ANY field.)
Linking and Uploading Individuals
is very easy to link or upload your records with Family Tree. You can either do this one person at a
time, as families, or in groups. To link a single individual, simply click on a gray tree icon, or select the individual in the
Pedigree or Family screen, then from the FamilySearch menu choose Link / Upload
will provide you with a list of possible matches on Family Tree. If you find
no matches, you can
add your record to Family Tree. If you find
only one match, you can
link your record to that person. If
you find multiple matches, you can
ask Family Tree to merge the duplicates,
and then link your record with the merged Family Tree person.
Linking and Uploading Groups
(Requires the Full version of Ancestral Quest)
Synchronize Groups tool can be used to process
groups of individuals. Use
the Advanced Filtering screen (PAF users will be familiar with this screen) to select the group,
then have AQ match each member of the group with Family Tree. As AQ communicates with Family Tree, it
categorizes each person in your group as matched or not matched, so you can deal
with similar records in the next phase.
the Matches windows, you can select those individuals that you believe are the same between your database and FamilySearch.
You can also take a closer look and merge duplicates on Family Tree by clicking the Preview button; this takes
you to the Link Individual with FamilySearch window (described above) where you can more closely examine the records to
determine the accuracy of the match and perform the link.
the ‘Not Matched’ categories, you can add your records to Family Tree, or perform
secondary searches to attempt to find and match with records on Family Tree.
Review Individuals and Synchronize Families
Either during the linking process, or by clicking on a blue tree icon later, you can use the Review Individual screen to compare
your local record (on the left) with the corresponding data found on
FamilySearch (on the right). You will use this screen frequently when
working with Family Tree. You can exchange data, notes and sources between your record and the
corresponding record on Family Tree.
From this Review Individual screen, you can also check for
additional Family Tree duplicates, synchronize families, and even delete the Family Tree person.
You can click on any Family Tree data item to see more details about it.
While you review families, you can link family members in your file with
corresponding family members in Family Tree. If Family Tree has duplicate family members, you
can easily merge them from this screen. You can also trade relationship data
such as marriage data, including notes and sources for the couple, and parent-child relationship data.
If your local family has children or spouses not in the Family Tree family, you can add them to
Family Tree, and if the Family Tree family has children or spouses that you are missing in your local file,
you can directly import them.
Direct Import from Family Tree
If you are just starting out, you may want to download your ancestry from Family Tree.
You can select yourself, or anyone else, as a starting person and download as
many generations of ancestors or descendants as you like. Just be aware that the information on
Family Tree is not perfect, so you might want to use this feature with a very watchful
Many users find this feature helpful in cleaning up Family Tree.
They will download a line of ancestors into a temporary file, then use the screens
they are familiar with in AQ or PAF to more quickly spot any duplicates or other
problems in the Family Tree data than they could by using the Family Tree online system.
Obviously, there are additional features and additional details. This brief presentation should
give you a general idea of the features within Ancestral Quest for working with FamilySearch Family Tree.