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Source Images

I would like it if images could be added to sources instead of just the location for them. It would be nice to be able to have it saved there in case the link changes in the future.
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  • I think this is in the works, but I don't see the thread just now. I think we're being encouraged to upload them as photos, and they'll be available as sources in the near future.
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  • The sources in the Source Box and the Sources section of the Family Tree embed the link to the image (as you correctly note). Images tend to be large and duplicating them into the sources DB is probably not an option.

    With that said, all FamilySearch person records and their associated images are built on a technology called Persistent Archival Links. That is what the pal portion of the record URL means (ex. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1...). This is a technology that makes it so that the links should not change.

    The Photos area of the site allows you to upload images of documents that you own the rights to. You can then tag the names of ancestors present in the document and link the document to the correct persons in the Family Tree - the same way that you can upload, tag and link people in a photograph.

    This probably won't completely solve the risk that a link to a 3rd party image on another website (which you don't own the rights to) may change.

    -Robert Kehrer
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  • Rob, the missing link seems to be between Photo's and Sources.

    We can upload documents to Photos (guideline 1.a.i). We can tag them, and associate the tags with the correct people in the database. However, when we do so, they show up in Photos, and not in Sources. This is sufficient in the short term.

    What would be nice would be the ability to turn a "photo" into a source... or to associate a source with a photo. Either direction would work.
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