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In Topic: Ancestry.com

21 June 2016 - 05:32 PM

I graduated from ancestry.com's record collections a long time ago  If you are deep into your search, it's unlikely you will find much of worth domestically, though it can be handy if you are trying to look broadly (i.e. at all the potential relatives of a given surname) at something like state vital records.  Internationally there is far more available on familysearch.org databases and the old-school microfilm.  Ancestry has been ramping these lately - Ireland is pretty solid, Germany is starting, but you will probably be waiting a long time if you are hoping to put your names in the boxes and have an image come out.  The good news is you have the trial and can go a month at a time inexpensively to see whether it is worth it.


I disagree with Jerry on the value of newspapers.   Obituaries can sometimes give you that birthplace back in the old country that you would never see elsewhere.   I have also found some of the most interesting things I know about my ancestors through newspaper collections since you can get much more than names, dates and places in the articles.  As far as the various services go, the value depends on how prominent your family was in their community and whether your area is covered for the time period you care about.  Even with OCR problems if you know marriage and death dates it is possible to find articles by scrolling through the pages.  While OCR is imperfect and will rarely let you find everything, learning how to work around its issues can help to find much of what it does not show in its results.  By this, for example, I mean substituting "l" for"i" (that's lower case L for lower case I) and trying other such variations.

In Topic: shared info awkwardly pulled into WorldConnect individual profile

28 January 2016 - 07:32 PM

Thanks very much.  Living Person Options is not an obvious place to look for that.  I appreciate the help!

In Topic: shared info awkwardly pulled into WorldConnect individual profile

28 January 2016 - 03:29 PM

I was able to fix the issue by editing the GEDCOM to eliminate the _SHAR lines but that is not a convenient way to deal with this.


The original view of the flawed page is here:



It would still be helpful to know how to keep the shared facts out of the GEDCOM export.  Thanks

In Topic: report on shared facts

14 November 2015 - 12:27 AM

Thanks very much, Laura and TomH.  Tom, the wiki link leads to a Wiki Not Found page.  I see the value in what you propose, Laura, but it would be great if the process to achieve the results were less cumbersome/more user-friendly.

In Topic: report on shared facts

13 November 2015 - 03:24 PM

Thanks for the response, Renee.  The Individual Summary/.rtf idea is a good one, but I was looking for something that would be able to point out cases where I had not added a shared fact.  In a columnar format, this would show more easily.


I have used the Death Fact report to identify where I have not placed the cause of death in the description field. (The report prints out the description field.)  I have been adding an Informant link in each of the records, but I have to check individually which ones still need to be added.  


Similarly it would be nice to print out lists of baptisms and marriages with godparents/witnesses included. Another idea I had was a survivors shared fact for obituaries.


I am just starting to experiment with shared facts,  There seem to be a lot of interesting ways to use them, especially if there were reports that lay them out in a productive fashion.