Ancestral Quest

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Ancestral Quest
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Ancestral Quest Basics v14.00.8 in Windows 8
Original author(s) Gaylon Findlay,[1] Ben Buckwalter
Developer(s) Incline Software, LC[1]
Initial release 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Stable release
v15 Build 2 / 5 December 2016; 3 months ago (2016-12-05)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows 2000 and later
Size 19 MB
Available in 9 languages
Type Genealogy software
License Proprietary software
Alexa rank 998,692[3]
As of May 2015

Ancestral Quest is a genealogy software application for Microsoft Windows developed by Incline Software, LC. It features data entry with sourcing capabilities and scrapbook extensions; a print engine for standard or custom charts and reports; a web page creator; a collaboration engine; and an extension tool for other genealogy databases.[citation needed]

Ancestral Quest was the first desktop genealogy software program to be certified to access, update, and synchronize with Newer version of FamilySearch.[4]


Developed in English, Ancestral Quest allows for translation to other languages using language modules. These user-created files allow Ancestral Quest screens and reports to be translated or customized. A user can create his or her own language module, or leverage the module of someone else. The Danish, French, German, Norwegian, and Spanish language modules are completely translated, and the Chinese, Finnish, and Swedish language modules currently have all basic screens and reports translated.[2]


  • Creates a family tree, documenting sources and adding scrapbook items
  • Researches the Internet with search engine interfaces
  • Prints standard and custom charts, reports or books
  • Creates web pages
  • Imports and exports GEDCOM files
  • Extends the use of other databases, such as Personal Ancestral File or FamilySearch
  • Can be used on a flash drive
  • Collaborate with other researchers, using a single master database [5]


Version history [6][edit]

  • Ancestral Quest 1.0: 1994.
  • Ancestral Quest 1.1: 1995.
  • Ancestral Quest 2.0: 1996.
  • Ancestral Quest 2.1: 1997.
  • Ancestral Quest 3.0: 1999.
  • Ancestral Quest 10.0: 2002 - collaboration, research manager, global find/replace, PAF5.x support, fan charts, enhanced reporting
  • Ancestral Quest 11.0: 2003 - memorize source citations, detailed change log, print to PDF, drop line charts, online IGI lookups
  • Ancestral Quest 12.0: 2007 - individual summary screen, language translation, UNICODE
  • Ancestral Quest 12.1: 2008 - link and sync with new FamilySearch, flash drive support
  • Ancestral Quest 12.1: 2010 - Build 23 - Switched to FamilyTree API Version 2 for nFS, display age at marriage/death on family view, added ghost lines between children on family view, minor bug fixes
  • Ancestral Quest 12.1: 2010 - Build 26 - Allows use of external viewer for photos, Improved Check/Repair, Assorted Bug Fixes
  • Ancestral Quest 14.0: 2012 - Research Timeline, Color Coding, Tags, improvements to fan charts, FamilySearch Family Tree, LDS features[7]
  • Ancestral Quest 15.0: 2016 -

AQ technology in other products[edit]

In 1998, AQ was licensed for resale through Individual Software, and has been sold by them under the names of "Family Ties",[8] "Family Trees Quick & Easy",[9] "Heritage Family Tree Deluxe",[10] and "Family Tree Heritage".[11] In 1999, the AQ code was licensed to the LDS Church and became the base of the Windows versions of Personal Ancestral File. Millions of copies of PAF have been distributed.[12][13][14] In 2001, the AQ code was licensed to, and became the base of Ancestry Family Tree.[15] Nearly a million copies of AFT were distributed.[citation needed]

Company history[edit]

In 1998, Incline Software merged with The Hope Foundation. In 2001, this merger ended [16] and Incline Software again became the custodian of AQ.


  1. ^ a b "Gaylon Findlay Biography". Logan Utah Family History Center. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b >"Ancestral Quest Language Modules". Incline Software, LC. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alexa Rating:". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Current Certified Software Affiliates". FamilySearch. Retrieved 18 Dec 2009. 
  5. ^ "Collaborate with NetFamTM". Ancestral Quest. 
  6. ^ "Version History". Ancestral Quest. Retrieved 18 Dec 2009. 
  7. ^ "New Features in Ancestral Quest 14". Incline Software, LC. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Genealogical Software Report Card". National Genealogical Society. Family Ties - Program is a licensed version of Ancestral Quest 3 
  9. ^ "Family Trees Quick & Easy 5.0". PCMAG.COM. 17 September 2002. Family Trees Quick & Easy licenses its software from Incline Software 
  10. ^ "Reviews from the NGS Newsmagazine and its Predecessors". National Genealogical Society. Heritage Family Tree Deluxe - Ancestral Quest 2002 under license to Individual Software 
  11. ^ Gaylon Findlay (29 September 2009). "Eastman's Online Geneaolgy Newsletter - Ancestral Quest Receives 2009 FamilySearch Software Awards". Dick Eastman. "Family Tree Heritage", which is essentially Ancestral Quest 12.0 under a different name 
  12. ^ "Genealogical Software Report Card". National Genealoical Society. PAF - Based on early Ancestral Quest 3 code. 
  13. ^ "PAF Compatibility". Ancestral Quest. 
  14. ^ "FAQS - "Is there a relationship between PAF and Ancestral Quest?". Ancestral Quest. 
  15. ^ "Reviews from the NGS Newsmagazine and its Predecessors". National Genealogical Society. Ancestry Family Tree - Modified version of Ancestral Quest 3 
  16. ^ "Incline Software Reclaims Ownership of Ancestral Quest". Genealogy Today. 10 May 2001. 

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