Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Family Trees, Site Features

You’ve likely heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to creating source citations in your family tree, it is so true.

We have recently added the ability to associate pictures and scanned documents to source citations you have created in your family tree:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Headstones
  • Obituaries
  • Immigration & Emigration records
  • Court, Land, Wills & Financial records
  • Newspaper clippings
  • And more…

These items not only add colour and interest to your work, but also help to document your work and show off your evidence and sources.

Here is how it can work for you.  Say you have an event in your timeline that doesn’t have a source. In this case example, we’ll use an “illness” event in a timeline for former US President John F Kennedy.

You can select a media file you have uploaded, and use that to create a source citation for this event.

In this instance, the image then becomes the beginning of a source citation that you can apply to the “illness” event on the timeline.

Then when others look to see how this information is known about John F Kennedy, they will see the scanned image that has been uploaded.  You can also add media to the source citation directly from this page.

An additional change we made is to show all source citations on the overview section of the person profile, rather than just the attached historical records from Ancestry.com.au.

The goal with this change is to make it more clear what evidence supports the facts in the timeline.  We’ve received some early feedback on this that raises concerns on the implementation, and so we are reviewing this section and will update you on changes we make to it.