We’re excited to introduce a new tool which will help you find information from across the web and organize it back inside your family tree on Ancestry.
What is it?
It’s called the “Ancestry Toolbar”. It’s a toolbar you can install and add to your browser (If you use IE or Firefox), adding an instant connection to Ancestry and your family tree from where ever you wander in the great wide web.
Here’s a picture:
What does it do?
Primarily the Ancestry Toolbar lets you save photos and stories you find on the web to a person in your tree. It creates a link pointing back to the website you found the image, which acts as a sort of source citation for the photo or story.
Here’s a quick recap of the features of the toolbar:
• Save Photos and Stories and attach them to people in your family tree
• Save links to web pages to people in your family tree
• Access your Ancestry Quick Links
• Quickly access your family tree(s)
• Google Search tool (for both Ancestry and the web)
How does it work?
Well, lets suppose you’re out on the web looking for something about Franklin Van Valkenburgh. You may find a page with some photos you’d like to add to your tree, or a story.
Just click the “Save…” button on the Ancestry Toolbar to launch the toolbar’s features.
Then choose to quickly save a link to the page, or instead to select photos or text to save.
If you choose to save pictures and text, the toolbar will let you click on the pictures or text items to select which ones you want added to your tree. Now, remember: only items in the public domain should be selected–you’ve got to be judicious about what you save, just like you would be about what you upload. Fortunately there is a wealth of information in the public domain that you can save and attach to your tree.
After selecting the items you like, click on the orange “Save selected items” button (top right) and the toolbar will guide you through choosing which person to attach the items to.
A link is preserved
For the photos, stories, and web pages you save to your tree, a link back to the original is always preserved–so you and others can always click through to see the item in its original context.
Ready to try it?
Download the toolbar now and check it out!
Comments or Feedback?
We’d love to have your comments on this blog, or also please feel free to email me directly (kfreestone at tgn.com).