I use the Shoebox on Ancestry to save records for my "may be related" individuals. I find that this is a "safer" option that just bookmarking them. If a database were to change between me bookmarking a record and using the record, I could have a dead bookmark and that would not make me happy. (And I have had this happen.)
I like that I can save these stray records somewhere in my account without attaching them to anyone. But here is what I wish I could do:
Add a note to the record so that I know why I added it.
For example: Why did I save a 1900 census for a Patric KEEFE in May of 2008? For one, it's not for a Patric but for a Patricia. KEEFE is not a surname in my database. So why did I save it? Because I remember finding this woman living with my ancestors in a previous census and wondered if she was related to them. That much I remember. What I don't remember is which family she was living with.
Clicking on the record shows that this is actually the census where Patricia was living with the BASCOM family. Since she is listed as a boarder born in Ireland, she's probably not related to the family.
This reanalysis of a record would have been so much easier and quicker (and not relied on my memory) if I could have just attached a note to the record detailing why I had saved it.
Ancestry allows you to share a comment on a record. But I don't want to share it with everyone because I don't really know much about this person or record. I just want to save a private note so that I don't have to search for it again.
Do you use the Shoebox on Ancestry? Would you like the ability to comment on Shoebox items? Leave a comment.