How to add a hyerlink to my Source entry?

+2 votes

I would like to add a hyperlink, I think that is the right term, to my sources on Ancestry, for example. I have tried everything and can't put an example on here.  This is what I want the Source to look like

  • Source link to outside website

Thanks, Rolanda

in WikiTree Help by Rolanda Claunch G2G Crew (740 points)

Hi Rolanda,

In the profile, Olivia (Unknown) Head, it appears that you have already added a URL/link to the image of the Ancestry 1850 census source on that profile. As Ros indicated, you can use an Ancestry Image external link template instead, {{Ancestry Image|dbid|imageid}}.

For example, for that particular source image, you could replace the URL with {{Ancestry Image|8054|4187293-00423}} (or {{Ancestry Image|8054|4187293-00423/17977821}}, if you'd like the info for W P Duke and household to be highlighted). Keep in mind that an subscription may be required to view an Ancestry image to which you've linked.

The next time that changes their URL structure, hopefully the tech folks here can just make a change to the template to fix all the resulting broken links that utilize the template.

Most US census records are available at the free Family Search site, which also provides nice source citations with links which you can just copy/paste. So I believe it's beneficial here to source census records from that site vs Ancestry or other subscription sites.

Some sources are only available on In those cases, if there is an image of the source, you can also add a publicly sharable image of the source image (no subscription needed to view). See this G2G post for details on how to do that.

Thanks for the help, Rolanda

2 Answers

+4 votes
This tells you about linking to Ancestry:

Usually it's not a good idea to Ancestry trees, as they are notoriously unsourced themselves.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
+1 vote

I'd suggest that you try Ancestry Citation Builder.  You just paste in the information and it creates the citation.  It's a good way to learn how it's done.  Note that you need to select Simple Ref or Named Ref to create an inline citation, and 'No Ref tags' if you're just adding under Sources.

by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (188k points)

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