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 Pictures & Attachments

Henry familyMultiple pictures or other document attachments may be attached to each person's record.

Adding
Go up to the
 
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, to "Add", and choose "Picture or Attachment".  The same form is used for diffrent uses, just with different options used or not used as needed.  For example, you can attach a picture but enter no text content, or enter a page of text content but not attach a picture, or enter a website URL without a picture or other text content, or fill in everything.

A "page" is a longer amount of text that's too long for the general "notes" field -- like a biography or a long musing about someone.  See David Gurganus or Edward Gurgany for examples.  Please, no copying, pasting, or attaching of material from elsewhere, unless you are the author or you have explicit permission from the author to republish it.

Editing & Deleting

On the left is a list of all images, documents, and pages related to the current person.  Click a title on the left to show it on the right.  Then in the upper right are the options to edit or delete.  Note that if an attachment or page is linked to multiple people, the "delete" option goes away.  Instead, edit the item to "unlink" people until there's only one left -- then it's deletable.

Displaying
The first attached image marked as type "person" will appear on the main page next to the person's name.  All others appear lower in the page in the "Attachments" section.

Ordering
Go to edit a person, to the "Attachments" tab.  Between the list on the left and the detail on the right is a column of dotted blocks for each item.  Click and drag a block up or down to re-order the items, and then save.  You can mix up the images, attached documents, and pages in any order that is logical for the reader.

By Surname
You also have the option of adding a page and choosing to relate it to everyone with a surname, or multiple surnames -- for example, information about the origin of a surname.  This page then appears for everyone with that surname.

Images
A picture should be at most 500 to 700 pixels high and wide, so that the image is not larger than the size of the screen for people browsing.  Note that many digital cameras create files that are huge in size -- so resize them down to about 600 pixels before uploading. Each image should be a JPG, GIF, or PNG image.

When viewing thumbnail pictures, in an individual's "browse" page, in a pedigree chart, or in search results, hovering the mouse over a picture will show the full picture size right there on the page.  Move the mouse off the thumbnail, and the fullsize will go away.

Documents
DocumentsFor other documents, PDF, DOC, XLS, RTF, and TXT files are accepted.  For anything other than an image, a book icon like that on the right shows under a person's name, listing the titles and linking to what's attached.

What kinds of content should be attached?  It is not helpful to attach "family group sheets", lineage charts, or gedcoms.  This information is ideally entered into the website, with each person in their own record, and attaching it here would be repetitive.  This is intended more for biographies or more in depth analysis by a researcher -- more content than is feasible in the notes.

Videos
VideosYoutube videos related to an ancestor can be embedded into the body content of an attachment.  Select "Video" as the type, and in the WYSIWYG window, click the media button in the toolbar, and then copy & paste in the website address of the video.  All videos are shown on a separate page found under View > Video Index.

Linking to existing attachments
If the same picture or document is related to multiple people (like the group photo above, a tombstone with multiple people, or a scanned document mentioning multiple people), these can be linked instead of uploading them multiple times.  On the Add page, on the right side, click a recent attachment, or search to find an older one.

Other Information
For each, you can enter a title (this is what shows in the contents list on the left), URL's for sources or external documentation, selecting a source from the database (see the Sources page for more information), and general notes or short description.

Permission
Just a reminder that if you post pictures or documents online here, be sure that either you have permission from the photographer or author to post, or if they are copyrighted, that you have permission from the copyright holder.  It would also be good to mention in the notes or source for the picture that you have permission -- then you have it spelled out for future reference.

Updated: 8-13-2016