Would it be possible to add FREEBMD to ROOTSEARCH please

+4 votes
in WikiTree Tech by Steve Davies G2G6 Mach 5 (53.7k points)
They want me to agree to receive all of their "notifications"
to use the spot.  How much notification, and on what subjects, can I expect?  Can some one familiar with the program let us know?

3 Answers

+4 votes
Not sure what you are asking?

Those are 2 completely different genealogical databases and neither of them, that I am aware of, have anything to do with wikitree?
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
When you pull up rootsearch on a profile, it tells you "conveniently search 20+ genealogy websites" and it has ancestry, findmypast, findagrave, familysearch, google, myheritage, as options once you login.  I believe what is being asked is to add FreeBMD to those options.  (If FreeBMD, why not also the GRO?)
Yes, that is what I am asking  and adding GRO as an option would be good too
+3 votes
Don't take this as gospel, but it doesn't appear to be that Rootssearch would work with FREEBMD.  Rootssearch works by passing search parameters in the URL.  Try a search and you'll see your search parameters appear in the URL.  When you do a  search on FREEBMD, the page that follows doesn't have the URL search terms.

You can ask yourself by selecting the Contact link on the lower right of the main Rootssearch page.
by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (187k points)
+3 votes
I believe it would be quite possible but I do not know if RootSearch is still being maintained.

I am presently adding support for FreeBMD in my own browser extension.

As a previous answer pointed out the search parameters are not visible in the URL bar but with a bit of digging it is easy to discover them. Try this URL:

by Rob Pavey G2G6 Mach 6 (68.5k points)
True but I'm not sure where those district IDs come from so it could be hard to generate that URL without a massive table to look them up in.

Hmm, I guess I could cut and paste the table out of the BMD page source and programmatically edit it...
Yes, I find the district ids by looking at the source of


but my aim is just to find (individually) FreeBMD urls that I can put in WikiTree profiles, so that a person looking at the profile can just click the link and then click "Find".

Ah, interesting.

I do the same thing (automatically in my extension) to generate URLs to cite for the GRO - see this profile for example: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pavey-451

However, for FreeBMD why would you not use the citation link on the "Entry Information" page. e.g.: https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=pjRw3%2B7UEaNpQV08HjP4fA&scan=1

Is there something I am missing?


I'm sure there is nothing you are missing

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