Ancestry Citation Builder

Use the form below to create a citation for a record/image/media found on to be used as a Wikitree citation.
Optional: Add a link to a free-to-view image so that non-Ancestry-subscribing Wikitreers
can also view the original source. (Highly recommended!)
Last update: 10 June 2021


  1. Fill out the coloured sections of the form below.
  2. Click the Compile Citation button to assemble the pieces together into one REF citation /REF chunk of text.
  3. Click the Copy Citation button to copy the reference to your clipboard. (May need to scroll down)
  4. Paste the citation into the WikiTree profile you are currently editing.
The Ancestry Record
Choose a Record type:
Ancestry Indexed Record
Ancestry Source Image
Ancestry Family Tree
Ancestry Person Profile
Ancestry Tree Media
Ancestry site:
Record URL:
include 'requires subscription' note in citation
How to find the Record URL
(Copy and paste entire URL into above text box.)
This info will be used to assemble the appropriate Ancestry link template.
Source quick pick:
Edit quick pick list
The Source details
Source Information:
(Title, etc..)

How to find the source information, citation, search path
Source Citation:
Search Path / Image #:
(if needed)

e.g. N > Notre-Dame-du-Nord > 1918 > image 12 of 18
Date Accessed:
include date accessed in citation
Free-to-view image link:
 How to create a Free-to-view image link
(No need to truncate - just copy and paste URL into above text box)
Final Note/Transcription:

Note: In some browsers, you can resize this textbox by dragging on bottom right corner downwards.

Check this box to replace new line characters (when you hit ENTER) in Final Note with <br/> code
This will force WikiTree to respect the new line formatting of your transcription.
(Useful for lists, e.g. census data)
Simple Ref Named Ref No Ref tags


See example of a WikiTree profile using citations built with the Ancestry Citation Builder.

NOTE: To see the link in the WikiTree profile for the free Ancestry Sharing Image, you may have to turn off your AdBlocker when viewing the page.
Recently, some adblockers have been blocking bald links.

PRO TIP: If you consistently access Ancestry records from a different country site other than,
then add ?site=XX to the end of the URL to pre-select that site (where XX = country 2 letter code).
For example:

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