Ancestral Quest partners with FamilySearch and provides one way to export a copy of your free FamilySearch Family Tree.

 

If you have a family tree at FamilySearch you can’t download a GEDCOM file of your tree directly from FamilySearch but you have three options for creating a GEDCOM file so you’ll have full control of your tree and which ancestors & descendants you want to have included.

 

This blog gives instructions for your first option, 

How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest and How to Create a GEDCOM file at Ancestral Quest. 

 

I wanted a GEDCOM file with ancestors through my 5th great-grandparents and all their descendants. My GEDCOM file has roughly 34,000 names and took me 12 hours to import & create. I did my imports in batches because I was afraid thousands of names all in one fell swoop would crash the program. Adjust these instructions as needed for your tree and personal circumstances.

 

How to Import a Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest

  1. Select Ancestral Quest Basics (version 15) – Windows or Mac – this is always FREE
  2. Download either AQ 15 Basics for Windows Setup  or  AQ 15 Basics for Mac Setup
  3. You will be downloading this file, C:\Program Files (x86)\Incline Software\Ancestral Quest 15\same installer
  4. Run the .exe file
  5. You’ll see a pop-up window, “Ancestral Quest 15 Setup” Select the default language of your choice & hit Next
  6. You’ll see a pop-up window, “Internet Research Options” Select your preferences & hit Next
  7. You’ll see a pop-up window for more “Internet Research Options” Select your preferences & hit Next
  8. You’ll see a pop-up window for more “Internet Research Options” Select your preferences & hit Next
  9. Ancestral Quest now launches* and you’ll have multiple options (listed below), Select Import from FamilySearch
    • New – Create a new .aq database, etc
    • Open – Open an existing file
    • Import GEDCOM
    • Import from FamilySearch
    • Search
    • Restore
    • Collaborate
  10. You’ll be prompted to create a destination path for this FamilySearch Import, Type in a file name/folder on your computer where you would like Ancestral Quest to save the imported tree, Select OK
  11. You’ll be prompted to sign in to FamilySearch and have AQ remember this id and password and automatically sign you in when needed, Enter your FamilySearch login & password and select your preferences (there is also an advanced option-you won’t need this)
  12. You’ll now be prompted to Import Ancestors/Descendants from FamilySearch with some default options. I’ll share my default options but choose your own and then hit Import
    • I opted to import Download my (Alyson Tayler) ancestors, selected 8 generations, & included families
    • Later, with the family tree (pedigree chart) open, I highlighted each 3rd great-grandparent and selected FamilySearch from the top menu bar, and Import Family Lines… 
    • This brought me back to the prompt Import Ancestors/Descendants from FamilySearch and the new default option was to Add Descendants to person and it named the 3rd great-grandparent I had highlighted. I then told it import 5 generations of descendants, as Standardized by FamilySearch (it didn’t import duplicates already in my tree)
    • Later, with with the family tree (pedigree chart) open, I highlighted each 5th great grandparent and selected FamilySearch from the top menu bar, and Import Family Lines… 
    • This brought me back to the prompt Import Ancestors/Descendants from FamilySearch and the new default option was to Add Descendants to person and it named the 5th great grandparent I had highlighted. I then told it import 4 generations of descendants, as Standardized by FamilySearch (I did this for both husbands and wives in case they had had children with another spouse-it didn’t import duplicates already in my tree)

 

How to Create a GEDCOM of your FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest

  1. On the top menu bar Select File, then Export
  2. A window will open entitled Export GEDCOM File
    • Select Export for import info “Ancestral Quest 12 or later” or another option and then select everything you want to be included in the export and hit the Export button
  3.  A window will open entitled Export GEDCOM File As and you’ll need to do these three things:
    • Save In (select a place on your computer where you want the GEDCOM file stored)
    • File Name (type in the name you want for this GEDCOM file)
    • Files of Type (select GEDCOM Files (*.ged))
  4. Ancestral Quest will create a GEDCOM file and save it to your computer. Now you can upload this FamilySearch Family Tree GEDCOM file to any other family tree site that accepts GEDCOM files.

 

*Every time you open/launch Ancestral Quest you will be asked which version you want to use. Select Ancestral Quest Basics.
 
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