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Latest Release Information for AQ 14

The most current release of Ancestral Quest 14 is Build 20. All changes made to AQ 14 since its initial release are listed below.

Changes in Build 20 (5/29/2014)

Enhancements to General Features

  • Check Repair: Made improvements to find and fix some additional issues.
  • Translations: Added some comments to some abbreviated labels to help translators with the translations.

Bug Fixes to General Features

  • Web Page Creation: When creating a web page, if you asked for living descendants, but wanted to show “Living” rather than the name, this worked fine for the descendant, but if a spouse was living, it showed the name of spouse. Fixed. Now shows “living” for a living spouse.
  • Book Reports: If you had pictures for people, there was a small chance that the page break would lose a few words. Fixed.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Upcoming Changes: FamilySearch is planning to change how AQ and other similar products communicate with it in the near future. Adjustments were made so that AQ will handle these changes well.
  • Entering of IDs: In the last week or two, FamilySearch changed the way IDs could be sent, so that if you entered "jk2z-n2g" instead of "JK2Z-N2G", this no longer worked. AQ was adjusted to compensate for this change, so you can still enter "jk2z-n2g" and AQ will change it for you.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Link Screen: The 'Link Bar', containing some edit options for couples, was visible during the matching process. This was in error. Removed.
  • Update Ordinances: If a person died before 8 according to the local data, yet the Seal to Parents was not yet recorded in the local file, the Update Ordinances could possibly duplicate the LDS Confirmation and Initiatory ordinances. Fixed.
  • Family Sync: If you download parents from this screen, the individual LDS ordinances of Baptism and Endowment were not imported. Fixed.

Changes in Build 19 (3/3/2014)

Enhancements/Bug Fixes to General Features

  • Language Support: Simplified the process of downloading and installing non-English language modules, and made it possible for AQ to alert users of these modules when updates to the language modules have been posted.
  • Using AQ at LDS Family History Centers: AQ has a feature that allows a user to password protect its files on a machine, so that if grandchildren are allowed to explore their grandparent's work, they will only be able to view the data, and not change it. This feature has been disabled for the FHC version to alleviate a possibility of locking AQ on that machine.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • General: In many situations, AQ is now faster at loading information from Family Tree, so some screens will come up more quickly.
  • Import Family Lines: Found ways to significantly speed up the importing of siblings of ancestors, when you are not importing spouses of these siblings. Also implemented an alternate method of downloading descendants that is significantly faster.
  • Merging FT Records: When merging Family Tree records from the "Link With FamilySearch" screen, AQ is now significantly faster at displaying the Merge screen.
  • Upload Notes: In build 18, when you uploaded records from your file to Family Tree, and asked AQ to also upload notes, or when you uploaded notes for a group of records, AQ uploaded all notes for each selected individual, including confidential notes. An adjustment was made so that confidential notes will not be uploaded in these situations.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Link Screen: On the "Link With FamilySearch" screen, we introduced a bug in build 18, wherein after you merge two records in Family Tree, this screen didn't allow you to then link your record to a Family Tree record. You had to exit the screen and come back to it to reset it. Fixed.
  • Import of Descendant Family Lines: In build 18, the marriage date/place for couples was not being imported. Fixed.

Changes in Build 18 (1/22/2014)

Enhancements/Bug Fixes to General Features

  • Sorting: If you sort by Custom ID on the Name List screen or the Custom Report, purely numeric IDs should sort as numbers and IDs that are not purely numeric should sort alphabetically. AQ had a bug wherein if an ID was a number of more than 5 digits, the number was sorted alphabetically. Fixed. All numeric IDs now sort numerically.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Import Family Lines: You can now import descendants of an ancestor from Family Tree. Since you typically already have some descendants of any given ancestor, this function will fill in descendants that you were missing, while leaving alone the descendant records that you already have. (We recommend making a backup of your database before using this feature, as you don't know what records you will get.)
  • Upload Notes When Uploading Individuals: When you upload records from your file to Family Tree, AQ used to also add the notes. During the switchover from nFS to Family Tree, notes were not available in Family Tree until recently, so this capability had been removed. Now that Family Tree can handle notes, this capability has been restored.
  • Upload Notes for Groups: You can now select a group of individuals in your database and have AQ scan the corresponding records in Family Tree. If your notes are not yet in Family Tree, you can quickly upload them. (There is a new Upload Notes option on the FamilySearch menu for this.)
  • Delete Couple Relationships: You can now delete couple relationships in Family Tree. If children are involved, you will be asked whether to have the children remain linked with the father, with the mother, or with both individually. At the time this feature is introduced (1/22/2014), AQ is the only software, including Family Tree, that can split couple relationships when they have children.
  • Delete Parent/Child Relationships: You can now remove children from parents in Family Tree.
  • Sync Marriage Notes: You can now exchange notes between marriages in your file and Family Tree.
  • Enhancements to Notes Sync Screen: The notes sync screen can now be enlarged, and you can more easily move text from the local notes to FT notes and vice versa.
  • Merge Relatives: When working in the Family Sync screen, buttons have been added to Merge Fathers, Merge Mothers, Merge Spouses, Merge Children and Merge Siblings. When working with families, and you notice that Family Tree has duplicates of any of these relatives, you can merge them immediately.
  • Link Screen: On the "Link With FamilySearch" screen, when you find a record in Family Tree that matches your local person, you have been able to check a box next to the Family Tree record to indicate that the person is a match. This build adds the ability to use a button at the bottom of the screen to Mark or Unmark the record as a match. You can use whichever method is more intuitive for you.
  • Download LDS Ordinances Screen: We found some cases where the temple records show sealings to people who are still in nFS, but no longer in Family Tree. Because AQ works now with FT, these should not be shown, and AQ has been enhanced to not show these.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Sign in as Helper: In Build 17, we broke the ability to sign in as a helper. Fixed.

Changes in Build 17 (12/19/2013)

Enhancements/Bug Fixes to General Features

  • None: This build implements improvements to AQ's interface with FamilySearch only.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Import Family Lines: Importing of ancestors now properly reads information from Family Tree. You will find that it creates a faithful reproduction of the ancestry as found on FamilySearch Family Tree with one exception: if a child is recorded as his own parent in Family Tree, AQ will not import such a parent. Due to the difference in the way Family Tree shares LDS ordinance information vs the way nFS shared it, the import is now a two step process. First it will import the records of individuals and relationships, and then, if you are signed into FamilySearch with and LDS account, it will import the LDS ordinances. If you prefer to not import the LDS ordinances, you can cancel this second phase of the import.
  • Update LDS Ordinances: The Update Ordinances feature now allows you to skip the verification of FamilySearch IDs, thus speeding up the process. (But if you skip this verification, ordinances will not be updated for any records whose IDs have changed in Family Tree.)

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Review/Sync Individual Screen: In build 16, a new Link Bar was introduced to the top of this screen. For some rare situations, the links were not active. Fixed.
  • Family Sync Screen: If there is no relationship between two people, but a child indicates that they are both parents, AQ was not showing them as a couple. It now does, to provide the same display as shown in FamilySearch Family Tree.

Changes in Build 16 (11/14/2013)

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Sources: On the Review/Sync Family screen, you can now see all sources for couples from both Family Tree and your local file. You can also exchange these sources between your personal file and the couple records of Family Tree.
  • Change History: A new link on the Review/Sync Individual screen allows you to see all changes that have been made to a person record in Family Tree. Also, if you are examining the details of any fact, you will be able to see the changes made to just that fact, and have an option to restore older facts.
  • Review/Sync Individual Screen: Several buttons were moved from the bottom of the screen to a menu bar near the top of the screen to improve readability of this screen. Also, the "Select Family Tree" button was renamed to be an "Import from nFS" link to better reflect its current use.
  • Notes: You can now view notes from Family Tree on the Review/Sync Individual screen, and a Notes button allows you to exchange notes between your personal records and the records of Family Tree.

Changes in Build 15 (10/21/2013)

Enhancements to General Features

  • Sources: If you attached an object other than a picture to a citation (such as a document, audio clip, web page), the path/URL of this object will now be displayed where the thumbnail of of an image would otherwise be displayed if it were a picture.

General Bug Fixes

  • Web Page Creation: If the image to a source is located on the Internet rather than on your system, the link to the image was not created properly. Fixed.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Sources: On the Review/Sync Person screen, you can now see all sources from both Family Tree and your local file. You can also exchange these sources between your personal file and the record of Family Tree.
  • Source: Sources in Family Tree which are tagged to the "Name" or "Gender" facts can now be transferred to the local record. Conversely, records attached to the local record can now be accessed via the source icon next to the Name fact, and transerred to the record in Family Tree.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Merge: After you completed a merge for two Family Tree records, AQ might crash. Fixed.

Changes in Build 14 (09/21/2013)

Enhancements to General Features

  • Sources: If you attached an object other than a picture to a source (such as a document, audio clip, web page), the path/URL of this object will now be displayed where the thumbnail of of an image would otherwise be displayed if it were a picture.
  • Check/Repair: Check/Repair now finds and fixes a couple of other types of problems.

General Bug Fixes

  • Notes: If notes contained non-English characters, and one of these was positioned in just the right place, it might be displayed as two blocks. Fixed.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Sources: On the Review/Sync Person screen, you can now see sources from both Family Tree and your local file if they are attached to events/facts. You can also exchange these sources between your personal file and the record of Family Tree.
  • Merging Family Tree Records: You can now see a summary of the information for the local matching person while you make decisions about which items to keep or discard when merging two Family Tree records.
  • Merging Family Tree Records: Improved handling of the "Not A Match" in Family Tree.
  • Review/Sync Person Screen: If your local person has notes, these are now shown on this screen.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Import Family Lines: The Marriage data between ancestral couples was not being imported. Fixed.
  • Various: Some other minor bugs were fixed.

Changes in Build 13 (07/12/2013)

General Bug Fixes

  • AQ Seems to Hang: Occasionally, one of the screens would come up out of view, making it appear that AQ had locked up. Fixed.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Merging Family Tree Records: Prior to checking to see if FamilySearch considered the merge of two Family Tree records to be viable, AQ would take the time to load all the information needed to complete the merge. For some records this could take considerable time. AQ now checks the viabilty first, and if the merge will not be allowed, alerts the user and does not load all of the information.
  • Family Tree PID Change: If FamilySearch had changed the PID of a record to which you had linked one of your records, when AQ next attempted to work with that record, it would display a message to let you know the new PID. This became annoying when you were running a long process like checking for changes or updating LDS ordinances. In these two processes -- Check for Changes and Update Ordinances, AQ no longer provides this message.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Crash on Program Exit: On 7/10/2013, FamilySearch disabled AQ's ability to update the older "New FamilySearch" database. One of the changes made by FamilySearch in that process caused AQ to crash when you exited AQ, if you had logged into FamilySearch during your session with AQ. Fixed.
  • Merging Records on Family Tree: If you started the screen to initially match one of your records with the corresponding record of Family Tree, and you found several duplicates, AQ would merge the first set of duplicates properly. But if you attempted to merge a second set of duplicates before exiting that screen, AQ would give unwarranted error messages or crash. Fixed.
  • General Updates: Occasionally, if FamilySearch was a bit slow when you tried to update information to Family Tree, you might get an error message, even though the update was successful. Fixed.
  • Family Sync: If the PIDs of relatives had changed in Family Tree, the new IDs were not always updated yet to your database, so family members in your file sometimes appeared to be linked to the wrong records in Family Tree. This often caused you to try to correct this, when no correction was needed. This usually ended up giving unwarranted error messages when attempting to adjust family links. Fixed.
  • Family Sync: If you sent data to Family Tree from the Review and Selectively Sync Individual screen while going into the Family Sync screen for either Parents/Siblings or Spouses/Children, you would often not see the family from Family Tree. Fixed.

Changes in Build 12 (06/29/2013)

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Merging Family Tree Records: Added a Merge capability for merging records on Family Tree.
  • Discussions: Converted the feature which reads and updates Discussions on FamilySearch to directly work with Family Tree rather than New.FamilySearch.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Syncing Familes: For some advanced methods of linking families together on Family Tree from within AQ, AQ sometimes gave error messages after the links were complete. Fixed.

Changes in Build 11 (06/22/2013)

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Individual Review with FamilySearch Screen: Added ability to delete facts from individual records of Family Tree.
  • Check for Changes: Added an option to "Mark All" changed records as having been reviewed.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • Updating PIDs: AQ detects in more places when the PID has changed on Family Tree, and appropriately either updates the link in your personal file, or removes the link with the FamilySearch person when the FamilySearch person was deleted.
  • Check for Changes: When you "Reviewed" a record, it wasn't being marked as reviewed. Fixed.
  • Adding Records to Family Tree: Family Tree is not yet showing Notes for individuals, so AQ has temporarily removed the features dealing with syncing notes. If you attempted to add a person to Family Tree, and used the option to upload everything about the individual including notes, and if the person had notes, AQ attempted to send the notes improperly, so the person would not be added to Family Tree. Fixed. (AQ does not attempt at this time to send the notes.)

Changes in Build 10 (06/18/2013)

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • General: Changed most of the API calls that used to work with New.FamilySearch.org to work instead with the Family Tree of FamilySearch. (NOTE: If you are working with the FamilySearch features, you will need to upgrade to this build or later before June 30, 2013, as your old copy of AQ will stop working with FamilySearch on that date. If you are not working with AQ's features that coordinate with FamilySearch, you do not need to upgrade to this build.)

Changes in Build 9 (03/20/2013)

General Bug Fixes

  • Reorder Spouses/Children: Occasionally, AQ would crash after you reordered spouses or children. Fixed.

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • General: In a very rare case, AQ would crash after receiving unexpected data from nFS. Fixed.
  • Set Family Tree: Sometimes, if you tried to set a place to Family Tree, when the place included a missing jurisdiction (for example, "Mesa, , Arizona" rather than "Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona", the new place would be set to nFS, but not to Family Tree. Fixed.
  • Seal to Parents: In build 8, we introduced a bug into AQ, in which it would occasionally indicate that there was an extra set of parents. Fixed.
  • Long Place Name: Sometimes, if you tried to send a Place name to nFS or Family Tree which was more than 60 characters long, only the first 60 characters would be sent. Fixed.

Changes in Build 8 (02/27/2013)

General Bug Fixes

  • Descendant Dropline Chart: If you asked for all boxes on a generation to be the same size, AQ actually only made the boxes for a given family to be the same size. Now it makes all boxes for all families on that generation to be the same size.
  • Descendant Dropline Chart: If a descendant had children, but no spouse, the grouping of child boxes were not placed on the chart in the proper position. Fixed.
  • Notes Screen: In build 7, a change was made to keep the Notes screen from getting locked into full screen mode. A random situation was discovered that could still temporarily cause this. Fixed.
  • GEDCOM Import: A very rare situation was encountered that caused AQ to not import one file correctly. Fixed.

Enhancements to FamilySearch Features

  • Combine/Merge: FamilySearch has requested that users no longer use commercial programs such as AQ to combine records in nFS, but rather to use the Merge of Family Tree. AQ will no longer allow combines, but will still help you identify duplicates, and set up the Family Tree merge screen, so all you have to do is click the 'Merge' button (or equivalent) in Family Tree. (Note: Eventually FamilySearch will allow AQ to actually do the Merge.)

Bug Fixes to FamilySearch Features

  • AQ Hangs Randomly: About Feb 15, 2013, FamilySearch broke something, which caused AQ to hang on random occasions. A work-around has been implemented, so that AQ should no longer hang when FamilySearch becomes unresponsive.
  • Update Ordinances: If the status of a sealing (SP or SS) was "Submitted", AQ treated it as if completed, so it wouldn't update these sealings. Fixed.
  • Set Family Tree: Sometimes, AQ didn't show all of the variants of names for you to choose. Fixed.
  • Manage Batches: if the local ordinance showed, "Sub (date)", and the Temple system showed "reserved", the ordinance was shown as needing to be updated, and would update. Since "Submitted" in the local file is the same as "Reserved" in FamilySearch, this was in error. It now works properly.

Changes in Build 7 (11/06/2012)

General Enhancements

  • Notes Screen: The Notes screen would get locked into full screen mode for many users. A change was made so that the user can stretch the Notes screen larger or smaller, but can no longer maximize the screen. This will keep the screen from locking in maximized position.
  • Database Check/Repair: Now fixes a rare problem with an internal ID called a 'GUID'.

General Bug Fixes

  • Family Group Report: Depending on how some options were set, a bug caused the program to crash when the FGR was selected. Fixed.
  • Dropline Descendant Chart: The option to make all the boxes in a generation be the same height was not working properly. Fixed.
  • GEDCOM Export: If you added a folder to the scrapbook of an individual, and set the export option to embed scrapbook items, the GEDCOM file would not be completely written, causing it to not import properly later. Fixed.
  • Convert from Older File: Due to the addition of Color Coding, if you tried to convert an older database while on the Family View, AQ would give lots of bogus error messages during this type of database conversion. Fixed.
  • Generating IDs: Sometimes, when you used the 'Generate IDs' in the Tools menu, one of the records being displayed on the Family View would not seem to be changed. Fixed.
  • Translation Modules: Some translated items on the Family View were not carried over when a new build of AQ was released, and had to be re-translated. Fixed.

Enhancements to nFS Features

  • Set Family Tree: The 'Set Summary' button on the Review Individual with FamilySearch screen was changed to 'Set Family Tree' to keep up with changes in the FamilySearch system.
  • Timeout: After about one half hour, if you were logged into FamilySearch but didn't do anything that caused AQ to work with FamilySearch, the FamilySearch system terminates your session. If you later caused AQ to work again with FamilySearch, AQ would ask if you wanted to log in. It no longer asks, but simply starts the login process.

Changes in Build 6 (08/29/2012)

Bug Fixes to nFS Features

  • Review Individual with FamilySearch Screen: LDS users relied on a new temple icon on this screen next to the Sealing to Spouse and Sealing to Parents ordinances to allow them to download these sealings from the FamilySearch system. This icon was available even when there were no spouses or parents in the personal database, but it should not have been. Fixed.

Changes in Build 5 (08/28/2012)

General Bug Fixes - (Note that the single fix in this build affects only users who still have a version 12/12.1 key, not those who have upgraded to version 14. If you have version 14, and have already updated to build 4, you do not need this build.)

  • Reports in AQ 14 for Users of AQ 12.1: The list reports that were blocked in AQ Basics, but were part of AQ 12.1, were supposed to still be available to those with a key for 12.1 while using AQ 14. In AQ 14.0 build 4, the printing of these reports was fixed. With build 5, the preview of these reports for those with a version 12/12.1 key was also fixed.

Changes in Build 4 (08/27/2012)

General Enhancements

  • Color Coding: Color coding is now on the Name List view and Custom Reports.
  • Color Coding: Depending on how your database was sorted, the setting of standard color coding might be quick or quite slow. This should always be quick now, unless you are sorting on color coding in the Name List view.
  • Tags: Tags are now on the Name List view and Custom Reports.
  • Tags: Tags are now numbered to make it easier to refer to them.
  • Dual Dates: In AQ 12.1 build 34, we enhanced the handling of dual dates so that 1775/1776 was shown as 1775/6. Many users asked if we could undo that change. A new preference was added to the Formats tab of Preferences to allow you to choose whether to show the shortened or lengthened version of such a date.
  • Database Conversion: When a file was converted using the 'File|DB Converter' option, the old file was not closed, which caused confusion for some users. It now closes so that only the newly converted file is still open.
  • PAF Database Limitations: Our literature described which features were not available for a PAF DB, and the menu items were dimmed, but many users with a PAF DB were confused. Menu items are no longer dimmed, but a message about the limitation now shows when the option is selected.

General Bug Fixes

  • Reports in AQ 14 for Users of AQ 12.1: The list reports that were blocked in AQ Basics, but were part of AQ 12.1, were supposed to still be available to those with a key for 12.1 while using AQ 14. This was broken. Fixed.
  • General Bug: We found a situation that could cause AQ to quit working seemingly at random. That bug was fixed.
  • Marriage Screen: For users who had turned off the LDS data, the Relationship (Marriage) screen was supposed to get smaller because there was less data to show, but instead it became larger. Fixed.

Bug Fixes to nFS Features

  • Linking Parents: If, on the Family Sync w/ FamilySearch screen, you tried to link a parent in FS with a person who was in the local file, but not linked as a parent in the local file, AQ would hang. Fixed.
  • LDS Sealings: If LDS Data was enabled, the new option to allow you to download LDS sealings from the Individual Review w/ FamilySearch screen was only supposed to let you download ordinances when there was a spouse or set of parents in your local DataBase. The screen was sometimes available when it shouldn't be, causing confusion. Fixed.

Changes in Build 3 (07/5/2012)

General Bug Fixes

  • Pedigree View/Color Coding: If you had assigned any color coding to anyone in your file, the colors for name boxes were to be set to black text on either a white background or the color coded background. Sometimes the text was not properly set to black for this situation. Fixed.
  • Color Coding: If you used the option to 'Clear all colors', the colors were cleared, but the count was not reset to 0. As a result, if you had a color scheme for names as something other than black text on white background, your color scheme was not restored. Fixed.

Bug Fixes to nFS Features

  • Update Ordinances: If you were using a PAF database which was created by PAF rather than by AQ, and you used the automatic update of all ordinances with the option to include LDS Confirmations, this worked fine the first time, but if you ran it a second time, the process might duplicate the LDS Confirmation ordinances. Fixed.

Changes in Build 2 (6/29/2012)

  • Builds 0-2 were the first commercially available builds. Minor, unlisted changes were made between these builds.