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Yesterday, I stumbled on an Ancestry feature regarding sources. I was already aware that Ancestry places sources found on Ancestry at the top of the list of sources.

 

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Sources that I have in RootsMagic and transfer via TreeShare to Ancestry are listed as Other Sources, below the Ancestry sources.

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If I have added a lot of Ancestry sources to an individual, then I must scroll down to find these ‘Other Sources’.

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What I didn’t know, was that by scrolling over the source and clicking on the ‘VIEW’ icon, it would open up the source showing the complete citation — and any details added to the citation. Since I have started transcribing documents into the ‘Detail text’ screen for a source, those transcriptions are being uploaded to Ancestry and viewable by clicking on that ‘VIEW’ icon.

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So, when looking at someone else’s tree, SCROLL DOWN and see if they have any ‘OTHER SOURCES’ attached. If so, view the source to see if there is a transcription attached!

2 thoughts on “Sources

  1. Often those “Other Sources” are the best ones…family bibles, letters, pension files, etc. It’s a shame that Ancestry removes paragraph breaks in the Transcript that goes with each one. It greatly improves the “readability,” especially if it’s something like a will transcript.

  2. I’ve done this for years, and in fact, I think that most of my tree have more of my own “Other Sources” than they do Ancestry. Like you, I too transcribe the document into the Details, there is actually a field which says “Transcribe” when you provide your own sources. Thanks for calling this to everyone’s attention, hopefully people will start looking at those Sources, too.

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