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TreeTips™

Powered by Ancestral Quest

Have you ever wished your genealogy software would just do your research for you?

Introducing TreeTips, the research engine built into Ancestral Quest (AQ).

TreeTips takes advantage of technologies developed by three major web-based genealogy companies: MyHeritage, FamilySearch and Findmypast. As you enter the information you already know about your ancestors into Ancestral Quest, AQ will use the combined hinting services of these web-based companies to search through over 12 billion records, and point you to a handful of records that most likely pertain to your ancestors. As you then enter what you learn from these records to extend and embellish your family tree, AQ will re-examine these 12 billion records for additional information, as you quickly and easily find new information to grow your family tree.

TreeTips won't completely do your research for you, but the reputation of these hinting companies is stellar in showing mostly pertinent records, so you won't spend a lot of time examining non-related information. TreeTips will point you to ancestral records that beginners would be hard-pressed to find at all, and that even seasoned genealogists will be grateful for the help in locating.

TreeTips Features

  • Automatically does much of your research for you!
  • Checks 12 billion records from 3 different databases!
  • Updates your screen for you when new hints are found!

It's Free!

TreeTips is one of the standard features in Ancestral Quest. You do not have to purchase an activation key for AQ to use TreeTips. If you don't already have a copy of Ancestral Quest, you can download the free Ancestral Quest Basics and build your family tree without charge from Incline Software. Learn more about Ancestral Quest Basics.

How it Works

As AQ finds records for you on one of these sites, it will show you an icon next to the name of the ancestor to whom the record relates. Simply hover your mouse over the icon to see how many records are available, and click on the icon to see actual records.

TreeTips is optional in AQ. You can activate or deactivate any or all of the three hinting services.

When active, AQ simply performs searches and displays hints for MyHeritage and Findmypast. These are both fee-based services. They provide the hints for free, but you may have to pay a subscription to view the records.

The FamilySearch (FS) hinting is free*, but requires you to take a couple of steps yourself, as described below.

 

More About the Hinting Services

MyHeritage is based in Israel and has over 6 billion searchable records. MyHeritage delivers 2 types of hints in AQ:

  • Record Matches - Matches to historical records such as census records, birth, marriage and death records, and newspaper articles.
  • Smart Matches - Matches to profiles in online family trees, which are either on MyHeritage.com or on other websites that host family trees.

FamilySearch (FS) is based in Utah, and has over 5 billion searchable records. FamilySearch hints are shared between all users of FS. To use the FS hints, you first need to take two actions:

  • You will need to have a free account with FamilySearch, and allow AQ to log into your account.
  • You will need to link your records to matching records on FS. If matching records already exists in FS, you simply link your records to the FS records. If matching records do not yet exist in FS, then you click a button to upload your records to FS, so that FS can begin scanning its billions of records for potential hints. (If you need to learn how to link your records, whether individually, as families or larger groups, please watch one of the tutorials.)

When you allow Ancestral Quest to log into your FS account, and you display your ancestral records that are linked to matching records on FS, AQ can retrieve hints for these records from FamilySearch.

Some older hints in FS have already been converted to sources and no longer show up as hints. So if you are trying to learn about an ancestor, you may want to also review the sources of that ancestor for links to additional research records.


Findmypast is based in England, and has nearly 3 billion searchable records, many of which are unique records of the British Isles. Findmypast hints will be especially useful if your ancestry reaches back into the British Isles.
 
 


* FamilySearch provides hints, transcripts of records, and viewing of many records for free. However, we have observed that to view some records, you may have to pay a fee. Please visit the FamilySearch site for official information.

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