when I click on the ancestry source of my gr gmother it says sorry page is no longer available is the source useable

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WikiTree profile: Manervia Holland
in Genealogy Help by Linda Wheatley G2G5 (5.3k points)

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While most (all?) of the Ancestry links in the sources of that profile show that message when clicked, the actual source citations do appear to provide some good information for researchers to find the records in question. You might want to remove any dead links, but leave the rest of the source citations (unless the citation is for another Ancestry family tree). You can try to refind a record on Ancestry and manually replace the dead link with the current web address of the record, or better yet (especially for census records), try to find the record on Family Search or another free site and link to the record there.
by Rick Peterson G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
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Technically those Ancestry sources are now all useless.

Either the records or the tree on ancestry has been moved or deleted.

I have added ONE census source - for the 1900 census - from Family search - just to keep this profile sourced.

Although the FAG link is a source - it has no useful details on it.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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I wouldn't say that the sources are useless necessarily - just the links.  They need to be reformatted to be of use to other researchers.  This is how I do it.  This way other researchers can find the source whether using FamilySearch, Ancestry, or microform since it gives the census information and the roll, district, etc.

Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database and digital images, "1920 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 July 2018); Year: 1920; Census Place: Burgetts, Blount, Alabama; Roll: T625_3; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 166; Image: 819.

So, what I do is put the original source first, then indicate that I found it on Ancestry.  You could also put the updated link in the ( ).

by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (626k points)

Well Lucy since I cannot access Ancestry - they are definitely useless to me!!

Clearly they are not useless to anyone who does have an Ancestry subscription.

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