Any tools to identify broken source links on Wikitree profiles?

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The National Archives of Australia ( recently ceased supporting a long standing permalink technique which permitted a link to a specific page within a digitised file (well, they used to refer to it as a permalink - clearly it wasn't!) I have used the technique to cite digital sources from the website on Wikitree pages probably around 1000 times over the past 7 years, many on profiles I'm not the manager for. Trying to find them all manually is unlikely.

Are there any tools that can be run across Wikitree to identify broken links to that site?

The broken URLs take the form of[ItemBarcodeNumber]&f=[FolioNumber]
in WikiTree Tech by Mark Rogers G2G4 (4.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
It would help you get answers if you added some tags to your question.  A good start would be Australia.  (If I could think of more, I would tell you; maybe someone else can add ideas).

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If you can identify a string that is part of every no-longer-functioning URL for that site, you could use Google to search for every occurrence of that string on

To restrict the Google search to WikiTree profile pages, your search string should include

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1m points)
selected by Gaile Connolly
In my opinion, this is the most efficient way that is available to do the job.  I selected this answer earlier, but see that it was un-selected, so I have selected it again.  It appears that my stalker is out and about once again!
Thankyou -that works. It will now be a long slow process replacing links. Unfortunately, the "newer" permalink approach is much less useful than the old one, so source citiations will need to be much more verbose.
Particularly if there's a chance that the Archives will do this sort of thing again, there might be some potential for creating an External Link Template similar to the ones for FindAGrave and Ancestry. Those templates ask the user to supply the code(s) that identify a specific record, and the template expands the entry to include the rest of the URL. If the URL format changes again, only the template needs to be revised to get all of the URLs fixed. Before such a template is created, it would be best to communicate with the National Archives of Australia to verify your information about their coding system. A Team Member here would have to implement the template, but others can lay the groundwork. Project Leaders of the Australia Project should be engaged regarding this situation.
Thanks Ellen - so far I haven't had any response from NAA, but if I manage to get some answers I'll pursue this.

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