Posted by on 16 July 2010 in Record Collections

AUTHORED BY KENNY FREESTONE (FROM ANCESTRY.COM)

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, including:

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

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 I have an “illness” event in my timeline for John Kennedy. 

 

 

I can select a media file I’ve uploaded, and use that to create a source citation for this event.

The image then becomes the beginning of a source citation that I can apply to the “illness” event on my timeline.

Then when others look to see how I know this information about John Kennedy, they will see the scanned image I 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.co.uk.  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.

Also a few users have mentioned that URLs in sources are not working as they were before – we are now aware of this bug and are working on a fix.