The following announcement is by Gaylon Findlay, President and developer of Ancestral Quest.
Salt Lake City, Utah (July 29, 2008) – Today, Incline Software, LC announced the release of Ancestral Quest 12.1 at the Conference on Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
All of the new features introduced in Ancestral Quest version 12.1 are designed to aid a user in comparing and synchronizing local databases with the Family Tree database of new.FamilySearch.org, a system being developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The Family Tree database claims to have roughly 500 million lineage-linked records, and these records become directly accessible to users of AQ 12.1 through these new features.
Because new.FamilySearch.org is still being developed and tested by members of the LDS church, its Family Tree is currently only available to a relatively small number of people. The new features of AQ 12.1 require access to the FamilySearch system through their secure system, and therefore can only be used by those who have access to new.FamilySearch.org. In the coming weeks and months, as new.FamilySearch.org is made available to a growing number of individuals, those users will also be able to use the new features of AQ 12.1. Incline Software understands that the Family Tree feature of new.FamilySearch.org will eventually be available to the general public, and therefore that the new features of AQ 12.1 will eventually be functional for all users.
These new features benefit not only users of Ancestral Quest, but also users of Personal Ancestral File (PAF), because the PAF program of the LDS church is based on an older version of Ancestral Quest. AQ 12.1 is a FamilySearch certified PAF add-in. It will allow a PAF user to synchronize his/her local PAF data with the Family Tree of new.FamilySearch.org. Once installed Ancestral Quest will appear on the Tools menu of PAF 5.2, and the PAF user merely needs to click on that menu item to start AQ 12.1 to synchronize their PAF data with FamilySearch.
AQ 12.1 is being released in phases. The release today begins the first phase of this roll-out. It is being made available to a limited number of users of both AQ and PAF. Over the coming weeks, Incline Software expects to expand the number of users that will be able to use these features, until it will be available to all users in the very near future.
To find out more about Ancestral Quest or Incline Software, visit the web site www.ancquest.com.