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Offline Mart 'n' Al

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Ancestry from a public library
« on: Monday 14 January 19 16:12 GMT (UK) »
I occasionally use Ancestry from my local public library. You choose a document and you can either save it locally or send it to your email address. I usually do it like the latter. When I get home I then have an email which provides me with the link to all of the documents which I have looked at during that session.

Does anybody know if the links in the email expire? I recently tried to access one from January last year and I got a message saying sm.ancestry.com  server IP address could not be found.

I contacted Ancestry and spoke to a very helpful lady who was actually unable to help. I've also got some links from 2017 which don't work in the same way. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #1 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:16 GMT (UK) »
I have just checked an old email with some of my old links (from a few years ago) and they no longer work for me.

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #2 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:19 GMT (UK) »
Do you make a conscious decision NOT to save the document/s from the link straight away to a local folder on your device?
Seeking: baptism Philip Murray 1813 nr Chatham Kent, death Ralph James Dunn b 1808 1861 - 1868 in Newington 1861
IRE: Kik DRAY[EA], PURCELL, WHITE: Mea LYNCH: Tip MURRAY, SHEEDY: Wem ALLEN, ENGLISHBY; Dub PENROSE: Lim DUNN[E], FRAWLEY, WILLIAMS.
87th Regiment RIF: MURRAY
ENG; Marylebone HAYTER, TROU[W]SDALE, WILLIAMS Con HAMPTON, TREMELLING Wry CLEGG, HOLLAND, HORSEFIELD Coventry McGINTY
CAN; Nova Scotia [Halifax, Pictou]: HOLLAND, WHITE, WILLIAMSON

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #3 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:23 GMT (UK) »
Yes as far as I am aware they do expire but I don't know how quickly.
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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #4 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:23 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Sarah.  I said to the Ancestry lady that they should make it clear, and she agreed, saying that they did a lot of server work last October.

Josey, yes, as I am a bit dubious about using USB drives on public PCs.  I have the appropriate checks and securities, but I am still wary (I'm ex IT Support).

I came  across some old downloads that don't have any dates in the text, and wanted to avoid going back to the library.  My procedures are now more disciplines these days!

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Watson, (Bedlington, Jarrow & Hartlepool);
Ballard & Glassop (E. London); 
Leggett (Corton, Scarborough, Hartlepool); 
Young, Adamson & Wilson, (Hartlepool). 

I use GRAMPS v5.0 software. 

My ancestors are probably turning in their graves, not that I can actually find any of them.

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #5 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:33 GMT (UK) »
Sometimes I remember to take a USB stick! ;D

Other times I make use of cloud storage, available free with my email supplier (GMX).
Copy stuff to Cloud Storage in a new folder, which I can then access at home.
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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #6 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:49 GMT (UK) »
You could also use a free account at Dropbox to save the actual document and then download once back at home.

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #7 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:55 GMT (UK) »
KG and Edward, thank you.

Until I realised I had some unidentified Electoral Roll documents I was doing alright, until I realised that they are undated.

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Loughborough and Loughbrough, (London, Hull, Pirton, Durham & Hartlepool);
Watson, (Bedlington, Jarrow & Hartlepool);
Ballard & Glassop (E. London); 
Leggett (Corton, Scarborough, Hartlepool); 
Young, Adamson & Wilson, (Hartlepool). 

I use GRAMPS v5.0 software. 

My ancestors are probably turning in their graves, not that I can actually find any of them.

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Re: Ancestry from a public library
« Reply #8 on: Monday 14 January 19 16:57 GMT (UK) »
Dropbox is cloud storage so that's covered.

To be frank I'm surprised that someone who's familiar with IT would rely on a link to a specific online resource would still be valid a year or more later - given that the link wasn't provided with long term availability in mind. 

If you went back 2-3 years on Rootschat, and found a link someone had posted to an A**y document, I wouldn't be at all surprised that you got a 404 error meaning that the URL structure had changed or similar.

they did a lot of server work last October is probably relevant.
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