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Ancestral Quest 12.1 was the first genealogy program to be certified by FamilySearch to access and update the Family Tree database of new.FamilySearch.org. AQ is now a FamilySearch Compatible Solution to work with FamilySearch Family Tree. You can link and synchronize with your AQ data as well as reserve ordinances and print ordinance cards. AQ is also a FamilySearch certified PAF add-in, which means that a user of PAF 5 can use AQ to synchronize his/her local PAF database with FamilySearch Family Tree and reserve ordinance right from your PAF records. So whether you use AQ by itself, or want to use PAF with AQ as an add-in, you will be able to synchronize your data with FamilySearch. AQ is the only full-featured family tree program certified by FamilySearch to reserve ordinances for a PAF file.

Features to Connect Your Data with FamilySearch.org

  • Ordinance Reservation and Tracking System (ORTS). Put AQ into a new "Temple Mode", which allows you to see at a glance which records are missing ordinances. Select individual records or groups of records from your PAF or AQ file, then check with the temple system on FamilySearch to see if the ordinances need to be done. If ordinances are needed, reserve the records either for you to take care of or for the temples to manage. For those ordinances you have elected to manage, print ordinance cards and track the progress of the ordinances, updating your local file as ordinances are completed. ORTS also includes an ordinance card inventory system, which allows you to assign cards to others, such as your cousin or another ward member, and keep tabs on how they are progressing. You can also reprint cards if needed and even unreserve ordinances.
  • Matching. Perform matches on individuals or groups to determine which of your local records have corresponding records in FamilySearch Family Tree. During the individual matching process, you can identify duplicate records in FS and combine them. The Group Sync process is the quick way to determine which of your local records already exist in FamilySearch Family Tree.
  • Import/Export. With the click of a mouse, import individuals and families from FamilySearch into your local file, or export individuals and families from your local file into FamilySearch. No more need to use GEDCOM to transfer information from your local file into FamilySearch.
  • Clean FamilySearch. Easily identify and combine duplicates in FamilySearch Family Tree. You can do this while initially matching individuals and groups between your records and FS, or you can later look for additional duplicates after your records are already matched.
  • Synchronize Individuals. Compare individuals in your database side-by-side with the corresponding individuals in FamilySearch, and synchronize information between your file and FamilySearch Family Tree with the click of a mouse. Be able to quickly transfer information you find in FS to your local records and quickly transfer your own research into the corresponding records in FS without having to re-type.
  • Synchronize Families. Compare families in your file side-by-side with the corresponding families in FS as you update your families with any additional information in Family Tree, and update Family Tree with information from your file. While you are examining families, you will often notice duplicate parents, spouses or children in FamilySearch Family Tree. These can be easily combined.
  • Get Ancestors. Import ancestors from Family Tree into your existing file or create a new file with ancestral lines from Family Tree. All LDS Ordinances can be brought into your local file from FamilySearch if you have the LDS options turned on. This feature remains active even if you never register your copy of AQ.
  • Identify Matched Records. New columns in the Name List let you sort by FamilySearch ID to help you identify which individuals have been linked to FamilySearch and which have not. Also, as you work with your family tree in the Pedigree and Family views, each record that has been matched with FamilySearch has a mark by the name.
  • LDS Ordinances. Easily check your records with missing ordinances against the corresponding records in FamilySearch to see whether the LDS Ordinances have been completed, and with the click of a mouse, update your records. If FamilySearch is missing ordinance information that you have in your file, simply select your ordinance data and send it to FamilySearch to get their records accurate.
  • Check for Changes. Quickly check matched records to see if any additional changes have been made in the FamilySearch records.
  • Unlink. If you find a match is wrong between your local record and the corresponding record in FamilySearch, you can easily unlink the records. Or, if you no longer want your records associated with the corresponding records in FamilySearch, you can quickly unlink a group of records or all records in your file.
  • Deleting Individuals. If you have accidentally added a person to FamilySearch, AQ gives you the tools to remove that record from FamilySearch Family Tree.

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