How do get urls out of Ancestry

+7 votes
Previously I had FamilyTreeManager synced with Ancestry and was using FTM to export branches of a tree into wikitree. However it seemed one major problem with this approach was that it downloads images of all the census source ecetera but doesnt add urls to the ancestry site so when I do a gedcom export it only link to these images on my harddrive.

So I tried an export direct from Ancestry. Fustratingly when I looked at the Gedcom tree it seems for people I added to Ancestry a few years ago the urls were exported as NOTE element to the SOURCE


NAME Ellen /Ayton/
2 SOUR @S32@
3 PAGE Class: RG10; Piece: 1739; Folio: 20; Page: 16; GSU roll: 830774.
4 TEXT Birth date:  abt 1834 Birth place:  Redenhall, Norfolk, England
5 CONC Residence date:  1871 Residence place:  Mendham, Suffolk, England
4 CONC 538&indiv=try&gss=pt
so were available.

But for people added more recently there were no such links. When I compare the two types of people on the Ancestry site itself I aw that the website field of the citation was set for these people added a few years ago but not for ones added more recently.

What I cant work is if I manually added these links, (Im not sure why I would have done as I didnt use wikitree then) or if Ancestry used to do it and does no longer, and if there is any way to automate the process rather than me having to manually create all the links within Ancestry.
in The Tree House by Paul Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)

2 Answers

+1 vote
Hi Paul, not an answer, but may be useful info: when I imported a Gedcom to Wikitree, someone pruned it for me using FTM, and various record types, such as the 5.5.1 ones that that version of FTM did not support, seem to be all folded into the Notes type record. So kudos to FTM for not actually losing the info.

But of course that would make decoding those Gedcoms messy. I suspect that code may have evolved.

HTH, and glad to see your project progressing! Chris
by Chris Little G2G6 Mach 5 (52.7k points)
The problem is that unless a url has been added for an ancestry record it doesn't get exported. i.e even though Ancestry may have a fact linked to a citation/source on ancestry which has an image such as a census image unless citation explicity has the url no url is output when exported. But this is silly since Ancestry clearly knows the url of the citation as you can open the image directly from the perosn on their website using their UI.
I suppose a further wrinkle would be that if the URL is to a formal repository, like an official archive, it will be relatively persistent, whereas that to an individual's website may be more volatile, and an image import might be preferable to a link. No easy way to distinguish automatically.
+1 vote
A couple of ways. When looking at a source image, type the s key. The source citation will pop up. You can copy the source info.  It should include the URL (Mmm. Maybe not?)

When looking at the image in your web browser, look for the URL up in he address bar. Copy that.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (918k points)
Thanks Jillaine but I was looking for an automated way that avoided having to manually look at each record, and I was trying to work out why some records have the url already in the record and others do not.

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