Ancestral Quest

Ancestral Quest

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 7 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.10.33
  • Total Downloads:
    4,939
  • Date Added:
    October 25, 2011
  • File Size:
    18.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    18
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Ancestral Quest is genealogical research freeware that can search over 1 billion entries freely at FamilySearch as well as 500 million names, though that feature requires a free log-in ID. You can also upgrade to the paid version for access to more search options. However, the free tool offers a lot.

Ancestral Quest's installer let us opt for free or paid searches, something that happened frequently while using the freeware version, though that's why it's free. The setup also gave us the option to search Ancestry.com (though a subscription may be required) and make other choices. AQ's interface, charts, diagrams, and data fields all use nice, large fonts by default, which makes the data easy to see, but the look and behavior are just a few of the many options we could change. To start using the program, we could choose to create a new database, import an existing AQ database, import GEDCOM data, set up collaborations, and much more. AQ lets users open multiple database instances. We started a new family database, which involves entering a name in the family tree template on the Pedigree tab. This called up an extensive wizard for entering and saving biographical data like birth and death dates. The program suggests adding yourself as the first person (skip the death date for now) though you can use an ancestor. Our saved data appeared in the Family tab, where we could add Spouse, Children, Mother, Father, Other Relatives, and more. The Names List tab resembles a spreadsheet. The Individual tab is inactive in the freeware; it requires an upgrade to the premium product to access the data. The free search options are extensive, though. We could access the Search Center as well as perform Individual, Relationship, and Marriage searches on the Search menu. The Tools menu includes a Research Manager, Relationship Examiner, Calculators, and more. The help menu is one of the most extensive we've seen, which is just as well because there's a lot to this free application.

Despite the freeware's limitations and the need to access online accounts to search some databases, Ancestral Quest offers an excellent introduction to Internet-based genealogical research, and a great way to learn how to use the tools and resources efficiently, if you do decide to take your research to the next level.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Like many other limited trial software it is useless"

July 07, 2012  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12.10.33

Pros

Looks great

Cons

Useless unless you buy the whole completed, full package.
Really useless in its free form.

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1 stars

"THOROUGHLY CONFUSING!!!"

December 07, 2011  |  By daveydee2

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12.10.33

Pros

NONE, I FOUND NOTHING GOOD.

Cons

WAS NOT HAPPY...UNINSTALLED AFTER 30 MINUTES!!!

Summary

I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH IT...SAVE YOUR TIME ON THIS ONE. SORRY I CANT SAY ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT THIS!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.10.33
Version 12.10.30 include minor bug fixes and enhancements:
  • You can now swap the order of entering given/surnames.
  • There are new parameters for including the First Name only and the Married Name for Internet searches.
General
Publisher Incline Software
Publisher web site http://www.inclinesoftwareonline.com
Release Date October 06, 2011
Date Added October 25, 2011
Version 12.10.33
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Genealogy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 18.75MB
File Name AQ12-1Basic.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,939
Downloads Last Week 18
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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