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Source citations for births in timeline

Source citations for births in timeline

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 6:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
When I find a birth record for one of my ancestors in the Swedish Church records, I click the save button at the top of the page. I get a page returned that lets me choose which person in my tree to save it to. The next page is titled Review Record information. Birth is listed with a check box but it is not clickable. Why is birth there, but grayed out? So I add the citation, go back to the timeline, manually add a birth fact and associate the source citation with it. Is there an easier way?

Re: Source citations for births in timeline

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 6:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
You have run into an issue with variability in software coding for different databases.

When Ancestry.com acquires indexes they may or may not choose to encode the index to create the actual event and enter the citation. The sundry marriage records databases are quite variable in this way, for instance, and the military databases either don't create any 'event' in timeline or create a 'residence' event and add citation to it.

It would be nice if all the databases worked consistently in the same way, but you appear to have discovered one that has to be manually worked to add the citation.

Sometimes the database coding ~does~ add a citation if you have *already created the event*, then click to add the citation from the 'review record' page. You can try that, which might work out with fewer clicks and backtracks.

Good luck

Re: Source citations for births in timeline

Posted: 26 Sep 2012 8:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Some of the databases are even stranger than that - I have encountered a few where, if I find it by a search, there is no mechanism to save it at all (this seems to be mostly a few marriage databases, and a few cemetery databases - I think some in Missouri, if I am remembering correctly). On the other hand, if the same database entry turns up as a hint (that is, not in the list of results from a search), then it CAN be saved, in the usual manner. Sometimes, the trick is to figure out what specific information needs to be entered into the person's profile (e.g., date/place of marriage or death as shown in the database in question) so that the same database will then turn up as a hint and can be saved. It's always an adventure . . .

Re: Source citations for births in timeline

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 5:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you both for the information. I am relatively new to Ancestry.com and I thought I was just missing something. I did try adding the birth event before the citation, but that didn't change anything. It works OK to add the citation, than go back and connect it to the birth. It's just not as easy as it could be.
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