Tag Archives: Web Search

Follow Web Search Provided Links For More Info

Sometimes when you do a Web Search there is a URL link provided. It pays to follow this link and capture any info that  you can. I recently did a Web Search for a marriage record. The Web Search window only showed the year and County/State of marriage. When I followed the link it provided a full date and a full location! I copy/paste the Web Search info into my Source Citation AND also the captured info from the link (separated by 3 dashes). (Note: I copy/paste into the Mac Text Edit program and replace all tabs with spaces and then paste into the Source Citation). Be sure to also capture and add the ‘full link URL’ because Web Search only provides a truncated version.

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Adding Spouse From FindaGrave

Sometimes you find a person’s spouse on FindaGrave that you didn’t have before. Here is one way to merge a spouse easily. The key is adding the birth and death dates from FaG into FTM BEFORE doing a Web Search. The closer the dates match, the more likely you will be to find the record. Of course, you don’t want to overwrite any existing dates that you might have already – unless they are just estimates.

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Reported Problem: Web Search Merge Stops Working

Re: FTM Mac 3 v. 22.2.5.820

Problem: Web Search Merge Stops Working sporadically and is greyed out.

I’m still trying to define the variables that lead to this problem but I have figured out that when it does occur I have to go back to People>Tree, find a shaky leaf, and click on it. That seems to reset it and then I am able to use this feature normally.

Note: You can report problems here: http://www.ancestry.com/suggestions

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How To Test Out Info

When I run into new data in online Family Trees that is interesting I test it out before using it permanently. I want to document as much as possible and I do not consider Family Trees the best source of info. Granted, there is sometimes info that a family ‘just knows’ about someone that you can’t find documentation for. If I get info directly from a person then I source them but otherwise I do my best to find hard documentation. What is helpful for this is actually adding a piece or two of info into FTM and then checking the Shaky Leaf or even running a Web Search. This has worked for me many times. The key is that if you don’t find documentation, that you go back and move the ‘possible info’ into your notes and then add the date you searched and a note that you didn’t find anything. It really doesn’t mean that the info is incorrect, just that you didn’t find any documentation to support it at this time. Ancestry constantly adds new files so you never know when you will get a hit.

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