Using FamilySearch.org with Ancestral Quest

 


 

Overview

FamilySearch™ provides several free online genealogical products and services. Ancestral Quest provides links to two of these:
 

  • Over 1 Billion Indexed Records. See more. How to.
  • Over 500,000,000 names in a large Family Tree database, currently referred to as Family Tree. See more. How to.


Over 1 Billion Indexed Records.

For roughly a century, FamilySearch has sent volunteers around the world to microfilm records of genealogical value. For the last several years, volunteers have been busy digitizing those records, and FamilySearch has recently made these indexed records available for free via the Internet. More microfilmed records are being indexed every day, so the count of available indexed records is constantly growing. Ancestral Quest will help you search for records of your ancestors by letting you highlight a name on your AQ screen, then click on a search option to begin the search for records relating to the highlighted person. These indexed records are freely available to anyone with Internet access. AQ provides links to this service to all registered users of Ancestral Quest. How to.


Over 500,000,000 names in a large Family Tree database, currently referred to as Family Tree.

These names have been collected by FamilySearch for many years, and contain records from databases familiar to genealogists, such as the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index (IGI), Pedigree Resource Files (PRF), LDS Church Membership records, and other records. Ancestral Quest allows you to search through the records of this database. If you find a match, you can link your record to the FamilySearch record and review your information side-by-side with the information in the FamilySearch record. If you choose, you can exchange data with a linked record. If you find that Family Tree has family lines that you are missing, you can directly import those lines into your family file. If you discover that you have records that are not in Family Tree, and you wish to share your records with the world, Ancestral Quest will help you easily upload your data to Family Tree. If you are a member of the LDS Church, AQ will also help you review, reserve and track LDS temple ordinances for your family members. Access to Family Tree is free, but you must obtain a FamilySearch Account or LDS FamilySearch Account. How to.



How To


Over 1 Billion Indexed Records.

Anyone can freely search this set of records. You can create and use a FamilySearch Account, but you will be able to search these records even if you choose not to.

To access these records through Ancestral Quest, simply highlight the name of an ancestor that you want to research and take one of the following steps:
 

  • If you have set one of the “FamilySearch” options as your default Internet search (See below), simply click on the Internet Search Icon on the toolbar to perform your default search.
     
Search Icon on AQ Toolbar
  • Click on the Internet Menu, then select “Search FamilySearch” and finally click on “Search FamilySearch.org”.
Search Over 1 Billion Records on FamilySearch from Menu
  • Click on the Internet Menu, select “Search Favorite Sites”, then select one of the FamilySearch options. This option allows you to select a different person, or a different Internet search site before performing the search.
Search Over 1 Billion Records on FamilySearch from Web Search screen


Setting Your Default Internet Search.

Ancestral Quest provides several Internet searches to help you with your research. You can customize this by adding your own searches to the list. Any Internet search, whether it is one that AQ provided, or one that you have added, can be set as your Default search. The Default search will be activated when you click on the Internet Search icon on the toolbar.

Search Icon on AQ Toolbar

To set the default Internet search, click on the Internet menu, then select “Favorite Sites”. Highlight the search that you prefer and click on the “Make Default” button.

Set Default AQ Internet Search Site


Over 500,000,000 names in a large Family Tree database, currently referred to as Family Tree.

To use AQ's links to this product, you will need to have a “FamilySearch Account” or an “LDS FamilySearch Account.” You will also need to activate the FamilySearch links in the Preferences screen of AQ.


 Obtaining a FamilySearch Account.

Go to www.familysearch.org. Select the “Sign In” option, then choose the option to Create a New Account. Proceed from there to create either a FamilySearch Account or an LDS FamilySearch Account.


 Activating the Links to FamilySearch's Family Tree in Ancestral Quest.

In Ancestral Quest, go to the Tools menu, then to Preference. From the General tab, make sure the “Connect to FamilySearch” box is checked. If you do not want AQ to display the FamilySearch links and menu, remove the mark from this checkbox.


Using the Links to the Family Tree of FamilySearch.

Click on a FamilySearch button on the name of an ancestor to search or review, or you can use the various options in AQ’s FamilySearch menu. Watch the tutorials to learn more.

FamilySearch Menu
FamilySearch Icons