If you would like to participate in the third phase of the roll-out, please
Certified PAF Add-In
With these new features, Ancestral Quest is a FamilySearch certified PAF
add-in. You can try AQ 12.1 for free during a 60-day free
To see if you are eligible to use these resources, go to
see if you can set up an account. If you are successful in setting up an
account, then you will be able to use these new resources.
The new features in Ancestral Quest 12.1
all have to do with accessing some of these new resources directly through
Ancestral Quest. At present, the only new FamilySearch resource that AQ 12.1
will work with is their new “Family Tree” – a huge database comprising most,
if not all, of the family history databases that the LDS church has
collected over the last century. You may very well find that you and your
ancestry are in that database, which currently contains about 500,000,000
You will be able to do the following using
AQ 12.1 (remember that even though the functionality is built into AQ,
unless you have established an account with FamilySearch, you will not be
able to use these):
* See if any of the records in your
database are already in the new Family Tree databases of FamilySearch.
* If your records are already there, you
can enhance the information in these records by comparing your local records
side-by-side with the corresponding records in FamilySearch. You can then
import new information from FamilySearch records into your local records
with the click of a button, and you can export information from your records
directly into the FamilySearch database for others to benefit from, again,
simply with the click of a button. (It is
important to note that even if you find that both your database and the
FamilySearch database have the same record, you do not have
to bring down any information, nor do you have to upload any information.
You will have that option.)
* If you see duplication of records in the
FamilySearch database, you will be able to easily combine these records,
thus helping to make the FamilySearch database better for all users.
* If you find records of family members in
the FamilySearch databases, you will be able to easily import those records
into your database, thus extending the lines in your local database.
* If you find that you have records in your
local database that are missing in the Family Tree of FamilySearch, you can
easily upload those records, thus making your research available to others
throughout the world.
* For LDS members: As you work with the new
features of AQ 12.1, and view the FamilySearch Family Tree records
side-by-side with your local records, you will be able to also view the LDS
Ordinances on FamilySearch. You will be able to copy this ordinance
information into your local records. Thus, using these new features, you
will be able to easily tell whether additional ordinance work is needed for
members of your ancestral family.
If you are a user of Personal
Ancestral File (PAF) 5.2, you will find that Ancestral Quest 12.1 can
work with your local file just like PAF 5 does, but you will be able to
synchronize your PAF data with the data in FamilySearch using these new
features. Because AQ uses the same database as PAF, you can continue to use
PAF if you like, while using AQ to synchronize your data with the Family
Tree database of FamilySearch.
* Currently, the access which has been
provided to us for use in AQ 12.1, allows for all of the current new
features we have listed above. We understand that additional new types of
access will be provided over time from FamilySearch, so you can expect this
list of features dealing with FamilySearch to grow in the coming months.
Check back on this page from time to time to see if we have added new
* If you are a non-English speaking person,
be aware that Ancestral Quest 12.0 already has the ability to enter any
character from any language into your file, and it also allows you to
translate the program screens and reports into any language. If volunteers
have already created a translation of AQ into your language, you will be
able to use Ancestral Quest in your native tongue.
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