John, great to know. Exactly what will my source have to look like for TMG to GEDCOM to
correctly recognize it? I can start identifying and correcting mine now.
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> On Aug 1, 2019, at 9:32 AM, John Cardinal <jfcardinal(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> In the "Check of All Online Source Web Addresses" thread, you described
entering "generic" URLs for online records and I understand the rationale. I
mostly do the same, with one (recent) exception.
> For Ancestry.com
records, I now record the "APID" value and store it in the
Citation Reference field. An APID includes a database number and a record number in the
format "database::record", for example, "7602::2771226".
> Ancestry's web pages do not make those values obvious, but they are usually
present in URLs for record pages using the "dbid=" and "h="
parameters. For example:
> My upcoming "TMG to GEDCOM" tool will detect Ancestry.com
sources where the
citation includes an APID. The result will be that GEDCOMs imported into Ancestry.com
have very useful links from citations to the Ancestry.com
source records. I know some
people do not include sources when publishing to Ancestry.com
for various reasons, but for
those that do, this feature will be useful.
> I will also be publishing a web page with some utilities for both extracting APIDs
URLs and for creating links to records based on the APID. The former is
for help when entering citations, and the latter is for verifying APIDs and/or getting to
the record of interest quickly.
> I have been aware of APID values for a long time, but TMG-L member Dave Fuller
brought it to my attention recently when we were discussing my TMG to GEDCOM tool.
> I hope other online collections will support similar record IDs but so far, I am not
aware of any where the feature is available. Ancestry.com
does not publicize the existence
of APIDs, but I believe it is part of the API they support internally and publish to
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