A quality image of an original source has virtually the same evidentiary value as the original and avoids transcription errors so prevalent in derivative sources.
Last week FamilySearch added the ability to attach a photo or document image to a FamilySearch Family Tree source. Use the usual method to create a source. On the person’s page scroll down to the Sources section and click Create a New Source.
The Create a Source page has a new choice for the link to the record. An alternative to “Web Page URL” is “Attach Photo or Document.”
Selecting this new choice replaces the text box with the Attach File button.
Click the button to see thumbnails of all your photos and documents. Select one or click the Upload button for a new photo or document.
You’re almost finished. You’ve gone to all the trouble of scanning and attaching an image of a source. To preserve its evidentiary value, don’t forget to specify a citation! Sadly, altered images of sources exist (think of the four or five different certificates of President Obama’s birth). Even if you obtained the image second hand, specify where you got it from.
Your sources are the only hope we have of cleaning up FamilySearch Family Tree. Get going!