links like not working ""

+3 votes
Anyone know why links like "" are failing with "page not found"?
in The Tree House by Rick Williams G2G1 (1.3k points)

2 Answers

+1 vote
yeah, Ancestry has changed the format of their links several times over the years.

And this one looks like its to a family tree anyway -- so the user may also have deleted their tree.

This is why using links aren't good.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
You can use links, as long as you cite the original source as well, that way if the URL is no longer working, you can search for the information elsewhere.
I agree with Gillian - links can be beneficial additions to include along with the full source citation.

I never suggested not using links.

but links are unreliable, because they are likely to change over time

Ancestry are a real pain in the bum for this. If someone using adds a british record, I can't now see it, even though I have a UK ancestry sub. I have to change the url to a one to see the source and if someone uses the ancestry template thingy {{ }}, it's useless because I can't see those either.
+1 vote

Hi Rick,

This broken link appears to be a link to a record on Ancestry. Try replacing the link with this Ancestry Record External Link Template: {{Ancestry Record|db|h}}, replacing db and h with the corresponding values from the bad link. So in this case, {{Ancestry Record|genepool|3889291}}. See if that gets you to the right place (subscription required to view the record).

Using the Ancestry External Link Templates going forward can reduce the overall work necessary to fix broken links the next time Ancestry changes their URL structure.

Edited: fixed typo

by Rick Peterson G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
edited by Rick Peterson

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