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30 Dec 2016

Shortening Ancestry Links

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: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&gss= sfs28_ms_db&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&MS_AdvCB=1&gsfn=stephen &gsfn_x=1&gsln=kinsley&gsln_x=1&msrpn__ftp=Pomfret,%20 Chautauqua,%20New%20York,%20USA&msrpn=10284&msrpn_PInfo=8-|0|1652393|0|2|0|35|0|565|10284|0|0|&msrpn_x=1&msrpn__ftp_x=1& MSAV=2&uidh=dg5 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 [...]

26 Jun 2013

Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find

An article – Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find –published last year in Library Journal reports that the average library user success rate for finding journal articles or article databases is only 52 percent. Commonly misunderstood terms include acronyms and brand names, subject categories, and the words “database,” “library catalog,” “e-journals,” “index,” “interlibrary loan”, “periodical,” “serial,” “reference,” and “resource.” […]

26 Apr 2011

Citing Electronic Articles in Genealogy Research

This Tuesday's Tip is a quick one on citing electronic articles in genealogy research. Searching for a way for to online resources in your genealogical research? Different academic disciplines have different standards. Here are examples of citations from two leading scholarly groups used by historians: ✍ Chicago Manual of Style Citation: Mark Howells, “A Cite For Sore Eyes: Quality Citations for Electronic Genealogy Sources.” Ancestry Magazine, May 1, 1998. Accessed September 22, 2010. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=782. ✍ Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Citation: Howells, Mark. “A Cite For Sore Eyes: Quality Citations for Electronic Genealogy Sources.” Ancestry Magazine 1 May 1998. Ancestry.com. 22 Sep 2010; http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=782. Learn more about citation styles at Research and Documentation Online. Both are styles used in history and the humanities scholarship, so either one is a good choice to follow. (But not both!)