Ancestral Quest

Ancestral Quest

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14
  • Total Downloads:
    5,503
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 17, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    36.27MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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5 stars

"Very easy to use -- an excellent product"

November 12, 2009  |  By rawood11

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12.00.13

Pros

The 60-day free trial is fully functional. The two prior reviewers apparently did not understand that issue. The product has excellent funcitonality and is easy to learn.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

I have used this product since version 1. I can highly recommend it.

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1 stars

"it was to limited to really try"

April 13, 2009  |  By HEDBlegg

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12.00.13

Pros

the presentation looked ok

Cons

I could not try it out properly as it was to limited

Summary

I decided not to keep it so deleted it as I could not tell if it was any good or not

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3 stars

"The limitations of the trial made it difficult to really test."

April 23, 2008  |  By scholzh

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12.00.13

Pros

The media management features seemed superior to competitive products.

Cons

I can't say for sure on that, because I was testing it, and the trial doesn't allow exports of more than 40 records. It will sure import 40 records, and try to encourage you to sign up at their website. This product may be good, but I won't know. There are better evaluations given by the competition, and I'll buy one of their products.

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5 stars

"Great program - CNET failed to provide latest version"

January 21, 2008  |  By jrlamkin44

 |  Version: Ancestral Quest 12

Pros

Great program - have been using for years

Cons

CNET link still has build 11 of Ancestral Quest 12. 13 is the current build. I emailed ancestral quest about this and their top programmer, Gaylon Findley replied that CNET must have copied rather then linked back. This way the verson is not always the latest. Gaylon Findley told me he would follow up with you. Today I tried your site and it still downloaded build 11. I have the large version of build 13 now, with all the possible dlls included, a very large file, as I now have DSL. This way I was able to get build 13 from their site. PLEASE UPGRADE YOUR SITE WITH THEIR LATEST BUILD WHICH IS NOW 13.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14
Version 14 adds research timeline intended to help users see clues that will assist them in researching their family history.
General
Publisher Incline Software
Publisher web site http://www.inclinesoftwareonline.com
Release Date April 17, 2013
Date Added April 17, 2015
Version 14
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Genealogy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.27MB
File Name AQ14c.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,503
Downloads Last Week 8
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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