For example, I may want to find all of the green leaf Hints for persons in my AMT for the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), or the 1940 U.S. Census, or the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church Records.
I showed a way to do this in my post Mining Ancestry.com Records for Persons in Your Ancestry Member Tree (posted 29 January 2013). Since then, the process hasn't changed at all, and I'm still using it. But some readers haven't read it, or have forgotten about it. I had too while on this week's Mondays With Myrt when it was discussed.
The important steps to do find green leaf Hints for a specific Ancestry.com database are:
1) Figure out the code number for your specific Ancestry Member Tree. You can do this by selecting the tree from the "Family Trees" tab. The URL for the tree contains an 8 digit number:
The web page address (URL) is: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33123910/family
My Ancestry Member Tree code number is 33123910. See it there? Write your own AMT code number down.
2) Determine out the Ancestry.com Database number for the database you want Hints for. I picked the Social Security Death Index from the Card Catalog:
The URL for this database is http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693.
The Database number for the Social Security Death Index is 3693. Write it down.
3) Open a new browser tab, copy this web page address and paste it into your browser address field:
Click in the address field and edit it to:
* Substitute your AMT code number for xxxxxxxx
* Substitute the Database number you want for dddd
For my AMT and the SSDI, my URL is http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33123910/hints?src=hw&hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=3693
NOTE: Don't just copy this URL and expect to see Hints for persons in your database. Only I can use that URL because it is my AMT. You need to create your own URL with your own AMT code number.
4) When I use that last URL, the page of Hints for the specific database, the Social Security Death Index, appears:
As you can see, I have 94 SSDI Hints in my AMT that are not attached or ignored to persons in my tree. I can go through these systematically one by one and attach them (or ignore them), and add any useful content to my database for the persons, then source the name, birth and death events, and attach the Media item (if I'm using my software genealogy database).
5) Say I want to change to another database. All I have to do is change the Database number in the URL. For instance, I wanted to see the Hints in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records database, which is Database number 2451.
So I edited the URL to http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33123910/hints?src=hw&hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=2451
Here is the results screen:
I have only 6 Hints for my persons in this database.
6) Frankly, it makes more sense to me to find these 6 Hints using this specific database search rather than looking for these 6 Hints in the 18,609 Record Hints I have for 7,839 persons in this Ancestry Member Tree.
This is the only rational and efficient way to add information from a NEW Ancestry.com database. You can cold search all of the persons in your AMT, or look for the green leaf Hints in your AMT. However, this is terribly inefficient and time consuming if you have already attached or ignored thousands of Hints to persons in your Ancestry Member Tree, like I have.
In addition, it is much easier to add source citations for a number of results from one specific database into a genealogy software program because the software "source memory" or a "cheat sheet" can be copied, pasted and edited.
7) Once again, I call on Ancestry.com to make this easy for a user to do from any Ancestry.com database. All it would take is a link on the Database page (e.g., the SSDI screen above) that says:
"Find all entries in the 'Seaver-Leland Family' tree in this database."
Surely, that cannot be hard to do from a programming standpoint. All it needs is the user's AMT code number and the Ancestry Database number. The AMT code number would be the "active" AMT number shown on the Home Page or on the AMT tree page.
Have you been using this Ancestry.com hack? If so, let me know how efficient it has been for you. How accurate have the records been when you've used it?
UPDATE: Bernie's comment cautions: " if the database ID has anything after the number, don't include that in the URL string. Example: Norway Baptisms ID was dbid=60092&pcat=GLOBALCOLLECTION2014FS. I included the global collections part and received a page not found. I ran it again with just 60092 and it worked."
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