How Can I Add a Record That I Find on Ancestry.com to My Ancestor’s Sources in Family Tree?

August 21, 2015  - by 

I use FamilySearch Family Tree as my “main” site for all my family history, yet I also use several partner websites to complement my work on Family Tree. This raises the question “How can I add a record that I find on Ancestry.com to my ancestors sources in Family Tree?” In this blog post, we’ll look at several options.

Perhaps the easiest to use, is the Tree Connect feature from RecordSeek.com. To use this option, complete the initial set-up at RecordSeek.com by adding the Tree Connect bookmarklet to your bookmark bar and then sign-in to RecordSeek.com using your FamilySearch login credentials. After you have completed this initial set-up, you are ready to use this service to add sources from Ancestry.com and other websites as sources to your ancestors on your FamilySearch tree. To use Tree Connect, follow these steps:

In Ancestry.com:

  • Click on the thumbnail image of the record you want to attach to your tree
  • Click the Tree Connect link in your bookmark bar
  • Sign in using your FamilySearch credentials
  • Complete and customize the information in the pop-up box about the record you found
  • Search for your ancestor, using names and events or for more precision, search using the Person ID number
  • Select your ancestor from the list that Tree Connect returns
  • Click Save to complete the process

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Another way to add a record that you find on Ancestry.com to your ancestor’s sources in Family Tree is to first save the record to your computer and then upload the record in Family Tree. When you find a record on Ancestry.com that you want to save to your tree, follow these steps:

In Ancestry.com:

  • To open the image, click on the thumbnail image of the record you want to save
  • In the upper-right hand corner of the image page, click on the Save button
  • In the resulting drop-down box, select Save to my computer
  • Using the Save to my computer dialogue box, select the folder or location on your computer to save the file. Type a name for the file — perhaps your ancestors name and the type of record. For example, you could save the record as “Jane Doe birth record”

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Move to FamilySearch Family Tree:

  • Find the ancestor for whom you want to add the new record / source
  • In the Person view of your ancestor, select Sources from the available links on the Details tab (below the banner with your ancestor’s name, dates, etc.)
  • Click Create a Source
  • In the required Source Title box, type a short description of your new source
  • Select Add a memory
  • Click Add file then navigate to the folder or location on your computer where you saved the record
  • Select the file (previously saved in the example as “Jane Doe birth record”
  • Complete the rest of the form adding detailed dates and other information from the record
  • Select Save to complete the task

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A third option is to copy the URL for the new source record from Ancestry.com (or other website) and paste it into your ancestor’s sources in Family Tree. Follow these steps:

In Ancestry.com:

  • Click on the thumbnail image of the record you want to add to your tree
  • Select the entire URL from the address bar of your browser
  • Use either the keyboard shortcut or mouse to Copy the URL

Move to FamilySearch Family Tree:

  • Find the ancestor for whom you want to add the new record
  • in the Person view of your ancestor, select Sources from the available links on the Details tab (below the banner with your ancestor’s name, dates, etc.)
  • Click on Create a Source
  • In the required Source Title box, type a short description of your new source
  • Use either the keyboard shortcut or mouse to paste the URL into the Web page URL box
  • Complete the rest of the form adding detailed dates and other information from the record
  • Select Save to complete the task

All three of these options work well. The first and third options require that others who want to access the record must have an Ancestry.com account.

A related option in Ancestry.com is to Connect and compare the information about your ancestor in Ancestry.com and Family Tree in a side-by-side comparison. Detailed instructions on how to do this will be the subject of a future blog post.

Related Articles:

FamilySearch Partner Access

How to Exchange Details between Ancestry and Family Tree

Adding and Correcting Information about People and Relationships

 

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  1. This is one of the most valuable articles I have read in the Blog for a while. It will help many FSFT users. It provides comprehensive information on all the ways of using sources from ancestry.com. Thank you for writing it.

  2. Good work Mr Davidson. Tree Connect from Record Seek doesn’t create a source that is up to the standards of FamilySearch Create a Source. There is not enough information to know who the record is for or to stand alone (without being able to go to Ancestry.com) to know who the source is for (the source title) or what is in the source. It is good to move the URL over.

  3. Mi primer sitio es F.Search, luego my Heritage, donde tengo mis árboles familiares. Respecto a Ancestry, tienen buena informacion sin embargo resulta bastante oneroso.

    1. English Translation:

      My first site is FamilySearch, then My Heritage, where I have my family trees. I respect Ancestry, they have good information. However, it is pretty onerous.

  4. I am wondering if there are copyright issues with using the the second method to download from Ancestry and then upload to FamilySearch. Can you elaborate?

  5. From above: “A related option in Ancestry.com is to Connect and compare the information about your ancestor in Ancestry.com and Family Tree in a side-by-side comparison. Detailed instructions on how to do this will be the subject of a future blog post.”
    When will this option be made available?

    1. Merlynn, any updates/release dates will be posted on the blog, so keep checking back on here for an official release date 🙂

  6. The Connect and compare option has been deployed, but when will your description of this feature occur in this blog?

    1. David, it should be out in the near future, as any updates are posted on the blog. I will look into it, but for now keep checking back for when it is posted!

  7. I know that as a member of the LDS Church, I can sign up with Ancestry for free. Please tell me how I can do that. Thank you so much for your help!

  8. You did not mention the recordseek program which I used a very lot and which is very useful for connecting a source from any site.

  9. Well my name is Alberto Lopez i am inactive at this time. All i want to know is how can i be able to connect with my pedigree chart .