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#1 Bryan in Texas

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 03:32 PM

I am new to this forum and relatively new to Ancestry.com.  I have a practical question about adding the url for an online source to a source citation in Roots Magic 5.

 

If I do a search on a name in Family Search and get, for example, a Census record, the url is short and simple.  If I do the same search at Ancestry.com I get a very long, complex url, which contains my search terms.  This isn't appropriate as an url for a Roots Magic online source citation.  I know Ancestry.com has simpler urls that give direct access to the same record.

 

Can anyone tell me how to get from the long Ancestry.com url to a shorter one for the same source and page?

 

I was going to add examples here, but for some reason I am unable to paste them into this message.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Bryan in Texas



#2 texas_nightowl

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 05:55 PM

Honestly, given that urls can change over time due to site changes or database changes, etc., I never include the long specific urls in my citations.  I only include the generic "www.ancestry.com" or "www.familysearch.org" and never anything beyond that. With the appropriate info in the citation, it can always be refound.

 

Now, I realize you may still want to include the exact link, and that is completely your choice. So I was going to have a look on ancestry to see if I could figure it out, but for some reason I am having trouble connecting right now. 

 

 

OK, I was finally able to connect. Here is what worked in my quick test. I did a search for one of my ancestors and used the 1880 Census as my base. When viewing the image there was indeed a very, very long url which started like this:  (added a space to prevent from auto converting to a link)

 

http:// interactive.ancestry.com/6742/4241239-00461/26291907?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com

 

As a straight up experiment, all I did was delete everything from "?backurl=" to the end. So I am left with a short url of:

http:// interactive.ancestry.com/6742/4241239-00461/26291907

 

This did work in that I opened a new tab and pasted that short link in the address bar and it opened the image.

 

So give that a try I guess.

 

Personally, I still plan to only use the website home in my sources.



#3 kbens0n

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 06:55 PM

Can anyone tell me how to get from the long Ancestry.com url to a shorter one for the same source and page?


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#4 texas_nightowl

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 07:13 PM

And actually kbens0n's post proves my point about site changes. That link discusses ancestry.com links that use the format of search.ancestry.com while my personal search today uses interactive.ancestry.com.  So that is an exact example of why I do not include full links.



#5 Bryan in Texas

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 07:33 PM

Thank you both for your advice.  I used one of the methods kbens0n's message referred to (saving to the shoebox and then resurrecting the link) and that works fine.

 

I'll probably start doing it that way even though there are some extra steps, since it is more convenient for me not to have to re-perform the search, even thou as texas_nightowl points out the urls may change over time and become outdated.  If so, I can always do the search again, and someone else looking at the link can tell where the search was done.

 

Best regards,  Bryan in Texas



#6 Serenity20061

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 09:16 PM

This discussion was prior to the announcement of the sync feature becoming available between Ancestry.com and Roots Magic.  How will the long URLs that change impact the sync feature with Roots Magic?  Will my links with documents on Ancestry.com get lost during sync?



#7 zhangrau

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 06:47 AM

 Will my links with documents on Ancestry.com get lost during sync?

 

There's just no way to answer this question until Ancestry releases the API needed for the sync process.



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 10:22 PM

Texas Nightowl and others may be interested to know that FamilySearch recommends redirecting to ARK type URLs. This stands for Archival Resource Key, and the URLs are intended to be persistent. I think this means basically permanent unless a serious mistake is made by the engineers. See the articles at these links: https://familysearch.org/developers/docs/guides/persistent-identifiers, https://familysearch...ent-identifiers , https://familysearch...des/redirecting. Here is an example link for accessing a page using an Archival Resource Key,: https://familysearch...03/1:1:KF1F-RV9.

 

These ARKs should be a safe way to reference material on FamilySearch without too much fear of the URL changing.