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 Crossover. Visit https://ancquest.com/ for details.

Its GEDCOM implementation is imperfect, and being discussed with the developers.

See the Import Details for migrating the exported GEDCOM into any Ancestral Quest version.

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

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

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

(AQP+) Full Data Export Details

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

Header Record (HEAD)

★ Named List Entry (_LIST, _FLAG, _NOTE, _IDS)

See Extra Options tab Named List Entry 1 _LIST:

The details of each Named List are placed in a synthesised Source Record whose TITLe starts with Ω Named List:, and each associated Record has a link to the Source Record either directly or via a local Note (except for Submitter & Submission records that disallow such links).

★ File Root (_ROOT)

See Extra Options tab File Root 1 _ROOT:

The File Root details are placed in a synthesised Source Record whose TITLe starts with Ω File Root:, and the associated Individual Record is linked to this record.

The Individual Record itself is moved to just after the HEADer record to become the Root Person.

★ Other Tags (COPR, DEST, FILE, _VAR, _UID, _USED, SUBM)

These tag lines are all removed.

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, 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, Phone (_EMAIL, _WEB, PHON)

See Extra Options tab Fact E-mail 2 _EMAIL: & Fact Website 2 _WEB: & Fact Phone 2 PHON:

Any Fact E-mail or Website or Phone field is converted to a Fact local Note with an E-mail Address: or Website Address: 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 (OBJE)

All links to Media Records and local Media Objects are converted according to the Basic Options chosen.

For any image Media insert a _TYPE PHOTO tag and for any other Media insert a _TYPE OTHER tag.

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.

Source Records (SOUR)

See Extra Options tab Source Type 1 _TYPE:

Each Source Type (_TYPE) field is converted to a Record local Note with a Source Type: label.

Type Description (TYPE)

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

Custom Id Field (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 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 fact DSCR, IDNO & TITL tags are retained.

Import Details

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.

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