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How to Add Media to Your Ancestry.com Source Citations

To provide a rich experience for your sources in your Ancestry.com family tree, consider adding media. For example, you can scan a birth record of an ancestor and add the image of the actual record as part of your source citation. Follow these requirements to upload media to Ancestry.com:

  • Photo: A photo must be in .bmp, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, or .tiff format. No individual photo can be larger than 15 megabytes (MB).

  • Story: Type your anecdotal story on the site, or upload it in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt format. No individual story can exceed 15 megabytes (MB).

  • Audio: Add audio recordings directly via the Ancestry.com site.

  • Video: A video must be recorded using a webcam and the Ancestry.com site. Videos must be less than 12 minutes long.

Follow these steps to add media to your Ancestry.com family tree:

  1. Display your family tree and open the personal profile to which you want to add media.

  2. Click the Media Gallery tab.

  3. Click the Add Media button on the right side of the screen.

    On the drop-down menu, you can choose to upload media from your computer (either a photo or a word processing file), type a story, record audio, or record video.

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  4. Select Upload Media from Computer.

    The Upload Media page appears.

  5. Click the Content Submission Agreement link.

    Read the submission agreement so that you know the terms and limitations of posting content to the Ancestry.com site. Click the Close button (the X in the upper-right corner of the pop-up screen) to close the content submission agreement.

  6. Select the check box labeled I Accept the Content Submission Agreement.

    Agree only if you have read it and you're comfortable with its terms and conditions. If you choose not to accept it, you cannot submit media to Ancestry.com.

  7. Click the Select Files button.

    The Open dialog box appears.

  8. Select the files you want to upload and then click the Open button.

    While the files are uploading, you'll see the progress bar on your screen. After the upload is complete, the Add Details to Your Media page opens.

    To select multiple files to upload at the same time, hold down the Ctrl key in Windows or the Command key on a Mac.

  9. Replace the title of the image in the Title field.

    The Title field must be filled in. The default title is the filename of the imported image. The filename isn't always a descriptive title, so feel free to make the name more meaningful.

  10. Change the category type in the drop-down box, if necessary.

  11. Fill in the Date, Location, and Description fields if you have this information.

  12. If you want to attach media to additional people in your family tree, click the Attach to Another Person link and enter the person's name in the box that appears.

    For example, if you want to attach a photograph of a family to each of the people in the photo who are included in your family tree, attach the photo to the names of the appropriate individuals.

    When you begin typing, the name begins to fill in based on the people in your family tree. You can also click the Browse List link and then select the individual from the list of individuals in the family tree.

  13. Click the Save Added Information button.

    The photo shows up as a thumbnail image in the Media Gallery. Of course, if the media isn't a photo, you see a different icon in the Media Gallery, such as a microphone labeled Audio for an audio file.

    You can add the new media to a Fact and Event entry by clicking the Fact & Events button and then the Add Media link on the right side of the event.

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