What to do with "dead" Anc.com links in adopted profiles?

+22 votes
I am fairly new to WikiTree and still pretty low on what to me is a somewhat steep learning curve.  I am entering my ancestors one by one (for my own sanity), concentrating heavily on sources and not worrying much about composing bios/life stories.  I have adopted a few profiles which either will connect to my families or which might help me find more information about my families.  Most of these adopted profiles had been uploaded through gedcom imports, which gedcoms apparently were downloaded from personal trees on Ancestry.com.  When I click on the links within the Ancestry sources on these profiles, the result is either a blank page on the Ancestry site or a return to the exact same WikiTree profile page I just clicked on.  The first one or two of these I came across, I deleted the "dead" sources after testing them, and proceeded to try to add "good" sources.   Question is:  Was that the right thing to do?  I want to leave the information about who provided the gedcom (credit where due). But is it okay to delete all those "dead" links?  It certainly helps to de-clutter, especially as I add more sources myself.
WikiTree profile: Huldah Hinds
in Policy and Style by L Deason G2G Crew (860 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
I don't think you are going to have any problem with the "learning curve" very few new WikiTree members would know enough to delete dead links...Well done and welcome to WikiTree
What learning curve? lol That profile is awesome!
Nice work, L.  Welcome to WikiTree...with a start like this you will be a tremendous asset to our community.

2 Answers

+19 votes
Best answer

Hey L,

Welcome to WikiTree!  I found that entering my information one-at-a-time was THE best way to learn my way around WikiTree - that and bookmarking everything so I could get back to it.

Killing "dead" links is good.  They lead nowhere anyway so why leave them?  I always take as much of the gobildy gook from the Gedcoms That is legible and create a GEDCOM xyz.ged section to the bios.    I also usually leave an acknowledgements section for the creator too.

Here is the help page about GEDCOM's and what can be deleted.



by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (556k points)
selected by L Deason
Oh, thank you, Mags, for that link!  It answers all my gedcom-import questions. (I'm about to add a new bookmarks folder to my browser JUST for WikiTree help links! I sometimes have so many tabs open at once that I get bumfuzzled.)

Adding profiles one-at-a-time is also helping clear up a lot of confusion in my tree and forcing me to improve my source information and evidence analysis.
+5 votes
I'm going to give a different perspective. Ancestry links can often be converted to working links.  EditBot tries to fix the links any time it touches a profile.

I usually move them down to the acknowledgment section with a note that it was included in a GEDCOM import.

I wonder if there is a way to ask EditBot to fix the links on a specific profile.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (322k points)

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