Browse

The Browse tool is a great way to find information on Fold3 by allowing you to visually drill-down to find publications and documents that interest you. You can also search directly from any level in browse by using the Search box at the top. Searching from Browse automatically filters your search to only include results from the title you select.

As you click on selections in the browse categories, you may see an Info button appear in the title box at the top. Clicking on this Info button will open up information about that title, including a description and details about the source.

If you drill down to the Page level, selecting the thumbnail of a page that interests you will open it in the document Viewer for easier inspection.

Browse Screen Shot

Browse documents with the Fold3 browse

Using Browse in the Viewer

The Viewer has a built-in browse tool to easily navigate to other documents or images. Click on the oval image location box at the top of the Viewer to open Browse.

Browse in the Fold3 Viewer

Browse in the Fold3 Viewer

Viewing Documents

Being able to explore an image or document in close detail is important to researchers and history buffs alike.

The Fold3 viewer is a powerful tool that lets you explore, annotate, print, and save documents and images.

Here are some of the Viewer’s key features:

Browser Screen Shot

Print and Download

When you find an image or document that you would like to print or download, you can do so from the viewer.

To Save from the Viewer

  1. Click the Tools button in the viewer's toolbar
  2. Click the Download button
  3. Choose Entire Page or Select a Region
  4. Select the file format you would like to download (JPG or PDF)

Save Location

When you save an image, the Viewer automatically saves it in your computer’s Downloads folder, as specified in your browser. If you use Chrome or Firefox, you can change your browser’s settings so that it always asks where to save files. Simply do the following:

Chrome:

  1. Select the Menu button (the icon at the top right that looks like three stacked horizontal lines)
  2. Select Settings
  3. At the bottom fo the Settings tab, select Show Advanced Settings…
  4. In the Downloads section, check the box for Ask where to save earch file before downloading

Firefox:

  1. Select the Menu button (the icon at the top right that looks like three stacked horizontal lines)
  2. Select Options
  3. On the General tab, go to the Downloads section and select Always ask me where to save files

To Print from the Viewer

  1. Click the Tools button in the viewer's toolbar
  2. Click the Print button
  3. Choose Entire Page or Select a Region
  4. Follow the instructions for printing

Keyboard Shortcuts

Print: P

Save: S

Annotating

Annotations make documents and images easier to find when using the Fold3 search. They also make it easier to find things on the page since annotations can be applied to a specific area of the image. Annotations can be flagged as Name, Person, Date, Location, Transcription, or you can add a simple Comment.

Creating an Annotation

  1. Click on the Annotate button in the Viewer toolbar
  2. Drag the selection area to the desired location and resize it to your highlight area
    OR click and drag a new selection
    OR click Select entire image
  3. Choose the type of annotation from the dropdown at the top
  4. Type the text of your annotation in text box provided

You can view annotations to the images by opening up the Info pane at the bottom (Click the Info button near the bottom of the screen to open the Info pane), and click Contributions.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Create Annotation: A

Bookmarks

Bookmarking an image adds the image to your Bookmarks list. It also adds the image to your Gallery.

To Bookmark an Image

  1. Click the Bookmark icon at the top

Note: You can click on the Bookmark icon again to remove the Bookmark.

To access your Bookmarks list, click on your member name in the header, then select Bookmarks

Save to Ancestry Tree

Fold3 makes it easy to save links to images directly from the Viewer.

Save to Ancestry Tree

  1. Click on the Save to Ancestry button in the Viewer toolbar
  2. Log into Ancestry (Optional. If you are already logged into Ancestry this step will be skipped).
  3. Select the Tree and Person you wish to save the link to.
  4. Click Save

The link to the Fold3 image will be saved on the Profile of the person selected, under Sources/Other Sources.

Memorials

Memorials are an excellent way to remember the People, Topics, Events, Places and Organizations from your past. Fold3 has millions of Memorials created from our vast collection of records to give you a head start. You can add information to an existing Memorial or easily create a new Memorial from any record on Fold3. You can even create one from scratch. Memorials make it easy to share and collaborate with others, and you can make as many as you would like.

Memorials also have the added feature of honoring military heroes from your family. Just add the military service information to a person Memorial and watch the page transform with conflict-specific backgrounds, military seals, flags and data.

Use Memorials to:

  • Remember those from your past and present
  • Write a biography or memorial for a favorite person
  • Share photos, stories, and facts about your ancestors with family and friends
  • Collaborate with others
  • Highlight and collect documents you find on Fold3

What you can do on Memorials:

  • Attach pictures and documents
  • Connect to other Memorials or add web links
  • Easily gather facts or organize details
  • Attach image and index records from Fold3
  • Tell stories and include photos
  • Optionally prevent others from modifying or contributing to pages you create
  • Save a link to your page on your Ancestry tree
  • Create special Military Memorials to honor the veterans in your family

Managing Memorials

Creating a Memorial

  1. From the Memorials menu at the top of the page choose Create a Memorial
  2. Select the kind of Memorial you want to create
  3. Add a Name/Title and a Description (optional)
  4. Click Create Memorial

Fold3 then creates the Memorial and opens a Page Settings dialog. From here you can add a profile photo, assign a background photo, edit the title and description, and mark the page as being private if you would like.  You also have the option of adding military information for person Memorials, which transforms the page into an Honor Page with conflict-specific backgrounds, military seals, flags and data.

Editing Memorial Settings

Clicking on the Edit button on the right side of the page opens a dialog that allows you to change the page Title and Description, update the Profile and Background information, and update privacy information. You can also delete the page using the Delete Page button at the bottom of this dialog.

Saving to Ancestry

You can easily save a link to your Memorial on an Ancestry person page.

  1. Click on the Save to Ancestry button on the top of the page.
  2. If you are not already logged in to Ancestry, you will be asked to do so.
  3. Select the tree and person to which you wish to save the link.
  4. Click Save.

Sharing your Memorial

You can share your Memorial with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You can also embed your page elsewhere. Just click on the Share button at the top of the page, to the right of the Memorial title.

Bookmarking Memorials

When you create a Memorial, it is automatically bookmarked so you can easily find it later. From the top of the page, either choose Memorials and then Your Memorials or hover over your username in the top right and choose Bookmarks in the menu that appears.

To add or remove a bookmark from a Memorial, click on the Bookmark icon at the top of the Memorial, to the right of the Memorial title.

Facts

Facts are only available for person Memorials. important details for the person can be entered on the Facts tab, including vital information such as birth, death, and military details. Adding facts with specific names, places, and dates makes finding your Memorial easier for others.

Click on the Facts tab at the top of the Memorial to view and manage facts.  You must have a Fold3 account and be signed in to add or edit Facts. If a Memorial is marked as Private, only the owner can add or edit the Facts for that Memorial.

Adding Personal Information

  1. Click on the Facts tab at the top of the Memorial
  2. Click on the Add button. (If you don’t see the Add button, you may not be signed in, or the page has been made private by the owner.)
  3. Select Add Life Fact from the drop down

From here you can select the type fact you want to add, then enter the value of the fact, such as a place of residence or a death date.

You can also add Custom facts, which allow you to give your own name to the fact as well as providing a value. For example, if you want to add a fact for Christening Date, you would select Custom Date from the drop down, enter Christening Date as the Fact Name, then enter the date of the christening in the Custom Date field.

Adding a Military Event

  1. Click on the Facts tab at the top of the Memorial
  2. Click on the Add button. (If you don’t see the Add button, you may not be signed in, or the page has been made private by the owner.)
  3. Select Add Military Event from the drop down

To create your Military Event, select a country from the Served For drop-down, and so on.  Once you save the military event, your page will be transformed into an Honor Page, with a conflict-specific background image and other icons that pertain to that period

A Military Event is most often associated with a conflict (like World War II, for example), and can contain multiple militarily related facts.

Adding, Editing, and Deleting Facts

Once you have added Personal Information and/or a Military Event, you can add additional facts of the same type by clicking on the + symbol at the right of the fact. For example, if you created a Custom Fact, you can add another Custom Fact using this + icon. If you added a Military Fact, clicking the + symbol will allow you to add another Military Fact for that conflict. If you want to add a fact that doesn’t match the type you’ve already added, you will need to follow the steps listed above.

You can also edit and delete individual facts by clicking on the fact to expand it, then clicking on the appropriate icon to the right.

Stories

Stories can be added to any Memorial and can contain formatted text, HTML links, and photos. You can also associate them with a location and/or a date. You must have a Fold3 account and be signed in to add or edit stories. If a Memorial is marked as private, only the owner can add or edit stories for that Memorial. For Topic, Event, Place, and Organization Memorials, the initial story is also displayed on the Summary tab.

Adding a Story

  1. Click on the Stories tab at the top of the Memorial
  2. Click on the Add button at the left. (If you don’t see the Add button, you may not be signed in, or the page has been made private by the owner.)

From the Edit Story dialog you can add a title or leave that field blank. Click on Add Text or Add Image to include a block of text or image with your story. You can even add more than one image to an image block to show them side by side. Near the bottom of this dialog are areas for entering location or date information, if applicable.

Note that you can add multiple text and image areas within a single story.

Editing a Story

  1. Click on the Stories tab at the top of the Memorial
  2. At the bottom of the story you want to edit, click the Edit button. (If you don’t see the Add button, you may not be signed in, or the page has been made private by the owner.)

From the Edit Story dialog you can add or edit text or images. If you want to rearrange the order of text or images in your story, click on the item you want to move, then click on the arrow buttons to the right.  Likewise, to delete entire text or image blocks, click on the item you want to delete, then click the Delete button on the right.

Deleting a Story

To delete a story, click on the Delete button at the bottom of the story. If you don’t see the Delete button, you may not be signed in, or the page has been made private by the owner.

Profile Pages

Each Member of Fold3 has a public Profile Page that displays basic information about them and a list of their contributions to the site.

Your Profile

You can update your profile to:

  • Include a photo that represents you.
  • Specify your general location.
  • Share your interests in the About Me section.
  • Choose whether or not to allow other members to contact you.

In addition, your Profile Page shows the contributions you have made to Fold3, including:

  • Annotations, connections and comments you have made
  • Memorials you have created
  • Images you have uploaded

Other Members' Profiles

Profile Pages of other members can be a great way to find interesting information. When you see contributions added by other Fold3 members, you will see their image and member name next to it. Clicking on the Member name will take you to their profile page where you will find a full list of contributions they have made to Fold3.

When you find other members with interests similar to yours, you can contact them to get more information or share an insight, if they have that feature enabled.

Managing Your Account

You can manage all aspects of your account by clicking on your member name in the header and using the links provided.

Account Details

Go to your Account Details when you need to:

  • Change your member name, password or email address.
  • Change your membership settings.
  • Update billing information
  • Change communication settings.
  • Update the content of your Profile page