Friday, January 08, 2010

Share your Ancestry.com finds with your social network

It might be old news to some people, but I just figured out how you can share documents that you find on Ancestry.com with your friends.  When you find a record that you want to share, there is a small box on the left of the record screen that reads "Share This Record."  You then have the option to share the document on Facebook, Twitter or via email.  It's a pretty neat service but here is the catch...it's basically just an advertisement for the web site.

I emailed a document to myself and quickly discovered that I could look at the docuement, even zoom in and out, but I could not print or save the image.  If you try to save or print, it directs you to a page where you can join Ancestry or at least signup for a free trial.  Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Ancestry promoting itself.  It's nice that they even let you look at the document.

(Here is a little secret, but don't tell anyone...you could actually save your own "copy" if you hit the screen print button on your computer.  That will copy your screen to your computer's clipboard and you can then paste it into a photo editor or a text document.  You could then crop and save the image into your files)

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