Thursday, 25 January 2018

Use the Heck out of Web Links on Ancestry



While there are a few things about the Ancestry program that irk me, I do like that I can sync with Family Tree maker and I like the layout of the interface.  I like that we can see the timeline, the parents, the wives and children all on one page. I like that images, like those of records, censuses, photos, directory pages, etc are attached to the person. I like that I can add my own source citations (like a record obtained from a local history society or church). 

And another thing? I like that I can add web links to each person as I make a discovery! When I find something that is not on Ancestry, or even another version of what is there, I add the link here. Examples are names of those who took the oath in Devon in 1723, or finding a patent for the company my grandmother worked for and eventually bought. A book on the history of the place where my ancestor lived is another link I like to add.

Here is the profile page of my 3x ggf George King...






You can see that I added 8 web links to this profile. I have the links to the Tithe Apportionments for both Woodleigh and Loddiswell, links to online directories, and a link to all King baptisms in the area at our4bears. I also have a link to information about the Shilston Mill where George lived and worked near Modbury, and where his first three children were born, but it has since been taken down. One of the hazards of putting up links!  I have queries out for more info.  

When you add web links to your profile, you can find that information quickly, and so can people that are researching the same family. Anyone who contacts me about one of my ancestors I always tell them to be sure to check my web links for additional info.

All you who know me, know I am all about sharing.  Share where your information came from as well as the facts and dates. 

Share, share, share!!!!  



12 comments:

  1. This is a better way to add weblinks than what I've been doing. I've been copying and pasting the URL into a comment on the "fact" that the web source relates to. Not clickable, but at least the weblink was saved. Now I'll try your way. Thank you!

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    1. I sometimes put the URL in the description of an image or in a created story, AND in web links.

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  2. One of the first things I look at is how many links and sources someone has for a person and look at them on their tree before I add their info to my tree. I see people adding stuff that was probably a suggestion can't possibly be related to the person unless they had a clone.

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    1. Yes, best to always be wary of what others put on their tree.
      Check, check, check!!!

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  3. I do this, especially when I find an obituary on-line.

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  4. Then when you sync your online tree and software, where to the links appear in the software?

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    1. As yet the links do not cross over, although there is a place to add web links to each person in FTM. But thank you for your question as it reminded me to email the tech people and ask them why not???

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    2. Susan, FTM got back to me, and they are going to send along the suggestion to their developer for consideration in a future release. They will update me if it gets included.

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  5. Do you also put a link to your blog posts when you blog about them? I have started doing that.

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    1. No, I never thought to do that!! What a great idea... I will start doing that too. Thanks!

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  6. That's so helpful, thanks for sharing

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