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Upcoming Training Events

There are various family history fairs and expo events where Incline Software offers classes or other instructional avenues. There are also Genealogy Societies or Family History Centers where Ancestral Quest classes are taught.

Ancestral Quest
Learning Center

There are several tutorials available that will help you learn to use Ancestral Quest. Some of the tutorials can be downloaded; see the details below.

General Program Training

These training materials cover the general features of Ancestral Quest.

Overview - Video Tutorial

This is a general overview of Ancestral Quest, with tips on getting started. (18 min)

Date Updated: 19 Jun 2014

Watch the Overview video tutorial

Quick Start Video Tutorial

A collection of 15 short lessons on basic features of Ancestral Quest, including entering individuals and families, printing charts, importing, exporting, scrapbooking, and more. Watch all lessons or just one, by selecting a topic from the menu. (This video is included on all CD copies of AQ.)

This video was created for AQ version 11. The basic features reviewed here still apply to newer versions, such as AQ 14 and AQ 12.x.

Launch the Quick Start Video Tutorial

Overview - Video Interview with KCSG Television

This interview was conducted at the St George, Utah Family History Expo on February 24, 2012 between Dawn McLain of KCSG and Gaylon Findlay of Incline Software. It provides a good overview of Ancestral Quest. Since that interview, version 14 was introduced with additional features, and the connection between FamilySearch has shifted from nFS to Family Tree. (10 min)

Watch the Interview

TreeTips™ Video Tutorial - Reseach Assistance Built into Ancestral Quest

Have you ever wished that your family tree program could just do your research for you? Introducing TreeTips: technology built into Ancestral Quest that will search the world's major repositories of genealogical records and let you know if there are any records for you to examine. (30 min)

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Ancestral Quest 14 - Video Tutorial

This tutorial explains the new features in version 14 of Ancestral Quest. It includes information about the upgrade/update options for users of both the free version and paid versions of the program.

Watch the Ancestral Quest 14 video tutorial, posted September 2012.

Watch a class taught on this same subject at RootsTech on 8 Feb 2014, including questions/answers from class members and some updates, posted 1 Mar 2015.

Update Ancestral Quest 14 - Screenshots

This tutorial explains the process of updating version 14 of Ancestral Quest to the latest software build.

Access the update screenshots

Classroom Topics

Following are recorded discussions of various general topics taught in training classes

Topic Date of Class Date Posted Venue
Organization of these Training Videos 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Setting a Password on AQ 8 Mar 2014 11 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Finding People and Defining Groups 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Getting Help with AQ 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Printing Descendant Charts/Viewing Descendants 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Analyzing Relationships 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Setting Home Person and Using Bookmarks 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Printing Large Charts 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Source Images 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Updating AQ 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Family Reunion Contacts 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Report and Chart Destinations 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Opening Multiple Databases 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Pot Pourri of Topics, including Backup Strategies, Moving Files between Desktop and Laptop, Change Log 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Publishing a Family Book 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Uploading Pictures to Internet 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
What do Dual Dates ie 1701/1702 Mean? 14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 UVTAGG
Backups and Collaboration 14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 UVTAGG

Recorded Classes

Whether you attended these classes and wish to review them, or if you were unable to attend but wish you could have been there, you will get useful information about how to get the most out of Ancestral Quest by reviewing these classes.

Date of Class Date Posted Presenter Venue Class Title
6 Feb 2014 5 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 Syncing AQ/PAF Data with Family Tree (Basics)

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6 Feb 2014 3 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 Using Ancestral Quest as a Research Tool

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7 Feb 2014 6 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 Syncing AQ/PAF Data with Family Tree (Advanced)

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7 Feb 2014 2 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 Questions and Answers (Bring your questions or learn from those of others)

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8 Feb 2014 2 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 New Features in Ancestral Quest 14

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8 Feb 2014 2 Mar 2015 Gaylon Findlay RootsTech 2014 Finding, Reserving and Tracking LDS Ordinances

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8 Mar 2014 11 Jul 2014 Gaylon Findlay UVTAGG
(Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group)
General Questions

Index of Topics for This Class

12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 Gaylon Findlay UVTAGG
(Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group)
Finding People / Defining Groups

Index of Topics for This Class

14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 Gaylon Findlay UVTAGG
(Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group)
Analyzing Relationships / General Questions

Index of Topics for This Class

12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 Gaylon Findlay UVTAGG
(Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group)
Family reunion contacts, publishing a Family Book, and uploading photos to the Internet

Index of Topics for This Class

14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 Gaylon Findlay UVTAGG
(Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group)
Standardized Place Names (FamilySearch)

Index of Topics for This Class

Training on Features Dealing with FamilySearch.Org

These training items will help you learn about the tools in Ancestral Quest that allow you to access and work with the Family Tree of FamilySearch.org.

NOTE: Ancestral Quest now works directly with the Family Tree rather than with New.FamilySearch, but some of the video presentations below have not yet been updated. The new screens of AQ have only very minor differences from what you will see in the tutorials, so the tutorials still teach the concepts. Whenever the tutorial mentions "New.FamilySearch", simply think, "Family Tree," and you'll be fine. We will update these tutorials in the near future.

Overview - Video

Quick video overview of the features in Ancestral Quest which allow an AQ or PAF user to synchronize their data with the Family Tree of FamilySearch.

View the Overview video

Overview - Screen Shots

Quick overview of the features in Ancestral Quest which allow an AQ or PAF user to synchronize their data with the Family Tree of FamilySearch (web page, showing sample screens).

Date Updated: 28 Mar 2014

Access the Overview Screen Shots

Syncing AQ/PAF Data with Family Tree (Basics) - Video

This is a recording of a class taught at RootsTech 2014, covering the basics of matching (linking) and exchanging data (syncing) between your personal family tree and FamilySearch Family Tree.

Date Updated: 5 Mar 2015

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Syncing AQ/PAF Data with Family Tree (Advanced) - Video

This is a recording of a class taught at RootsTech 2014, covering more advanced topics of matching (linking) and exchanging data (syncing) between your personal family tree and FamilySearch Family Tree.

Date Updated: 6 Mar 2015

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Link and Sync Individuals - Video

A short lesson on linking and synchronizing individuals in an AQ or PAF file with the Family Tree of FamilySearch.

Start the Link and Sync Individuals video

Upload Data to Family Tree - Video

Lesson on uploading PAF, AQ or GEDCOM data to Family Tree without using GEDCOM.

Watch the Upload Data to Family Tree video

Memories Manager - Video

Memories Manager allows you to view, upload and download stories, photos and documents between your personal file and FamilySearch Memories.

Watch the Memories Manager video

Finding Names for Temple Submission - Video

Date Uploaded: 5 Mar 2014

Lesson on importing both ancestral family lines and descendant ancestral lines, with technique for finding names for temple submissions

Watch the Finding Names for Temple Submissions video

Classroom Topics

Following are recorded discussions of various topics related to AQ's interface with FamilySearch Family Tree taught in training classes

Topic Date of Class Date Posted Venue
Tips on Speeding up Imports from Family Tree 8 Mar 2014 11 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Syncing Notes between your Personal file (.aq or .paf) and Family Tree 8 Mar 2014 11 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Syncing Sources between your Personal file (.aq or .paf) and Family Tree 8 Mar 2014 11 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Importing Family Lines from Family Tree 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Handling Changing PIDs of FamilySearch 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Automatically Link All Records with FamilySearch Family Tree 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Selecting Standardized Places for FSFT 14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 UVTAGG

Training on LDS Temple Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System (ORTS)

These training materials deal with AQ's ability to reserve and track ordinances for the temple.

Full Training - Video

This video tutorial will give you a complete look at the screens and procedures for reserving and tracking LDS ordinances from either a PAF or AQ file.

You can optionally download a zip file (13MB) containing this tutorial, which will let you run it when you're not connected to the Internet.

View the ORTS Full Training video

ORTS Overview - PDF

This document shows you most of the screens and procedures for reserving and tracking LDS ordinances.

Date Updated: 4 June 2014

Access the ORTS Overview PDF file

ORTS Overview - Video

A collection of 11 lessons on using the different features in AQ which allow the user to synchronize AQ or PAF data with new FamilySearch, including Linking, Syncing, Uploading, Downloading, Combining, Family Syncing and more. Watch all lessons or just one, by selecting a topic from the menu.

Watch the ORTS Overview video

Classroom Topics

Following are recorded discussions of LDS Ordinance topics taught in training classes

Topic Date of Class Date Posted Venue
Finding, Reserving and Tracking LDS Ordinances 8 Feb 2014 2 Mar 2015 RootsTech
Tips on Using ORTS - Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System 12 Apr 2014 1 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
Handling LDS Ordinances 14 Jun 2014 23 Jun 2014 UVTAGG
Answering Questions before Reserving LDS Ordinances 12 Jul 2014 22 Jul 2014 UVTAGG
How to Get a List of Ancestors Who Turned 110 Years During Last Year? 14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 UVTAGG
Pot Pourri of Topics, mostly dealing with ORTS 14 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2015 UVTAGG
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