Did Ancestry.com change what is displayed when using the Ancestry Sharing template?

+6 votes
Did Ancestry.com change what is displayed when using the Ancestry Sharing template?

All I see now is the name of the database collection. When I click on the name of the database collection, it takes me to a search window for that database.

Is anyone else seeing the actual item that was shared? or is it just the name of the collection that the item is from?
in WikiTree Tech by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (225k points)

All I see now for newly created links is the following:

Coretta Scott

Discovered by Dave Ebaugh in U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007


A new link: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/22665700?h=1a7712 (doesn't load record)

An old link: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/21675347?h=9854d0 (loads image)


I had no idea that was happening.

Time for a closer look!

3 Answers

+12 votes
Best answer

Hi Tommy,

I've been using the Ancestry Share feature quite a bit over the last two years and my experience has consistently been that sharing an Ancestry Record doesn't provide any useful detail information (just the fact that a record exists for an individual in the collection and the name of the Ancestry subscriber that shared it). So I don't believe that anything has changed recently regarding sharing an Ancestry Record.

Sharing an Ancestry Image allows non-subscribers to view the image. So when an Ancestry Image is available, I use the share feature and include the Ancestry Sharing link (via the template) with the full citation of the source.

I also usually include in the citation any original associated Ancestry (subscription-required) Record and Image links (via the templates), as those links can be beneficial for subscribers to navigate to related or nearby records in the same or other collections.

I also usually add an abstract of the pertinent information from the record/image, which can be beneficial for non-subscribers, for English-language translations of records/images in other languages, and for when the links all eventually break.

But I'm not an Ancestry subscriber at the moment.

by Rick Peterson G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
selected by Rubén Hernández
I have considered images (including screenshots) that have been cropped and compressed in place of ancestry.com source URLs, but documentation I read on wiki sources implied uploading images was discouraged due to storage issues.  However, I store a few locally just in case urls go away.

Share from image: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/22622714?h=6484d3

Share from record: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/22684820?h=6f478f

Same thing. The transcription is left to the end user (us), I guess.

I tried the template ({Ancestry Record|61460|957321}}, and I can see the details, but am I correct that nonsubscribers can't?
Yes, you are correct (except it should be "{{" not "({" ). You have to be logged in to ancestry.com to see that record. Even being logged in to another of their sites like ancestry.co.uk is insufficient.
+5 votes
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
The above link loads the image for me.

How about when you share a link to an index record?
It loads for me and I'm not on Ancestry.

I tested https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/22684602?h=66d6ff, a Cook County Marriage Records Index record. No details, so Index records need to have the relevant bits transcribed, I guess.

+3 votes

I've noticed recently at FamilySearch.org the disappearance of transcribed data (as well as the citation) for the "United States Social Security Death Index" links. Perhaps the same situation exists at Ancestry.com, too.

example link: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V9QG-62W

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (216k points)
That has been my experience, too, the last several days.  Same for some census records, where I must use the link again to get to citation and transcription from the sources page.

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