Today’s post is about shortening Ancestry links. Lately I’ve been getting lots of very long URLs for links to specific records. Here’s an example of a long URL for a record in the 1820 U.S. census:
I want to paste this link into my family tree program as usual. But I quickly bump up against the character limits for the citation field in my family tree software and get this message:
There are several ways to overcome long URLs, but here are two of the easiest and quickest.
When you find a record with a long URL, click on one of the records Ancestry suggests for that person on the right side of the window. Then click again on the link to the record you found originally. This time the page should load with a much shorter URL.
If that doesn’t work, I turn to bit.ly.com, a URL-shortening free service. This […]