Export Gedcom File (AQP) Ancestral Quest Program


Ancestral Quest Basics is free, and the bought version offers advanced features. Both run on Windows and also on Mac but using CodeWeavers Crossover. Visit Ancestral Quest for program details. Its GEDCOM implementation is less than perfect and has been discussed with the developers.

See the Migration Guide for migrating the exported GEDCOM and Media files into any Ancestral Quest version.

Most Multimedia Conversion modes are supported, but the Local Media Object modes are best.

The Character Set Encoding option defaults to UTF-8 but works for UTF-16 & ANSI and all Unicode characters are supported.

The [[private]] Text Option defaults to Include private text but remove the [[ ]].

The Rich Text Formatting defaults to Remove rich text codes leaving just plain text.

See both the (AQP+) Full Data Export Details and (AQP-) Brief Data Export Details below.

Migration Guide

After running the FH Plugin open the Ancestral Quest program.

Use File > New to Create New Family File and choose an AQ filename matching the FH Project.

Use File > Import and choose the FH Plugin Export folder and the Project … AQP UTF8.ged file to import. In the GEDCOM Import dialogue, tick Import Scrapbook Items to include Media.

For subsequent imports, use File > Close to close that AQ file, and in File > New choose the same file and the option to replace it. Otherwise, the import will add duplicate new records to the existing database, and Tools > Merge will have to be used, which is laborious.

(AQP+) Full Data Export Details

All the (Std+) Full Data Standard GEDCOM Release 5.5 rules apply except as defined below.

Individual & Family Records (INDI, FAM)

★ Name Fields (SPFX, _USED)
Some Individual Name fields are moved to a labelled Record local Note otherwise they upset the name:
See Other Options tab Surname Prefix 2 SPFX: that goes to a Surname Prefix: label.
See Extra Options tab Given Name 2 _USED: that is moved to a Given Name: label.

★ Individual/Family Tags (DSCR, IDNO, NCHI, NMR, SUBM, TITL)
Each tag is converted to a synthetic custom Event using the EVEN tag with any value on the same line, either because they are unrecognised or they do not support subsidiary tags.

★ Associated Person (ASSO)
Each ASSOciated Person is converted to a custom Event using the EVEN tag with a Fact local Note with a Relationship: label.

★ Fact Age (AGE)
See Other Options tab Fact Person Age 2 AGE: & Fact Husband Age 2 HUSB: & Fact Wife Age 2 WIFE:
Each AGE field is moved to the Fact local Note with an Individual’s Age: or Male/Lady Partner Age: label.

★ Address Fields (ADDR, ADR1, ADR2, ADR3, CITY, STAE, POST, CTRY)
See Extra Options tab Fact Address 2 ADDR:
All Address fields are appended to the Fact local Place field following the word at.

★ Fact E-mail, Website, Fax, Phone (_EMAIL, EMAIL, _WEB, WWW, FAX, PHON)
See Extra Options tab Fact E-mail 2 _EMAIL: or 2 EMAIL: & Fact Website 2 _WEB: or 2 WWW: & Fact Fax No. 2 FAX: & Fact Phone 2 PHON:
Any Fact E-mail, Website, Fax or Phone field is converted to a Fact local Note with an E-mail Address: or Website Address: or Fax Number: or Phone Number: label.

★ Source Citation (SOUR)
Any Source Citation or Source Note attached to a Note is moved to a parent tag where possible or is deleted.

Media Records & Local Media Objects (OBJE)

★ Media (OBJE)
All links to Media Records and Local Media Objects are converted according to the Basic Options chosen.
For any image Media, a _TYPE PHOTO tag is added, and for any other Media, a _TYPE OTHER tag is added.
For each Individual record, the most preferred Media tab item, without Exclude from Diagrams set, gains the _PRIM Y tag to identify the primary photo, but only for the Media conversions (PART/FULL/ALL~LMO) via Local Media Objects.

Type Description, Custom Id, Updated Change (TYPE, REFN, CHAN)

★ Type Description (TYPE)
Remove except where subsidiary to a custom EVENt or FACT or Custom Id (REFN).

★ Custom Id (REFN)
In FAMily, NOTE, SOURce & REPOsitory records, any Custom Id is moved to the record Note with a Custom Id: label.

★ Updated Change (CHAN)
See Extra Options tab Update 1 CHAN:
The Updated CHANge date/time tags are all removed, except within INDIvidual and FAMily records.

(AQP-) Brief Data Export Details

All the (Std-) Brief Data Standard GEDCOM Release 5.5 rules apply together with the (AQP+) Full Data Export Details defined above, except that all the Header Record (HEAD) tags mentioned are removed, and the Individual fact DSCR, IDNO & TITL tags are retained.

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