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Online Repository Assistant

This is a tool[1] to help create formatted textural entries from the analysed content of various genealogical web sites. It is also capable of auto-typing material directly into editors or family history programs.

I have been producing templates to enable quick and accurate copying of information into WikiTree format, including easing the creation of tables for census records etc.

As my research is mostly based in the UK, there are very few templates for records outside of the UK so far, however, the templates as shown may usefully be examined for the basis of additional templates.


Templates require extra characters to ensure that the correct strings are placed onto the clipboard. It is therefore essential that any 'odd' looking characters are copied into the template field even if they seem unneccessary.

I am placing the first template collection, for the 1841 England Census at Ancestry, on here initially as a test. In order to present the output ready to copy even more swings and roundabouts have to be overcome to persaud the Wiki to ignore things that it thinks are wiki formating elements.


  • 1841 England Census
Text templates

1. Page Reference

[Source.Title], [Source.Civil Parish], [Source.County]. [Source.Class]/<[Source.Piece]|XX>/<[Source.Book]|XX>/<[Source.Enumeration District]|XX>/<[Source.Folio]|XX>/<[Source.Page]|X>

2. Person Reference

[Source.Title]. [Name], [Gender], aged [Age], born [Where Birth] [Estimated birth year]. Class: [Source.Class]; Piece: <[Source.Piece]|XX>; Book: <[Source.Book]|XX>; Civil Parish: [Source.Civil Parish]; County: [Source.County]; Enumeration District: [Source.Enumeration District]; Folio: <[Source.Folio]|XX>; Page: <[Source.Page]|XX>; Line: [Source.Line]; GSU roll: [Source.GSU roll]

3. Filename

<[County Island:abbr:chapman]|[?:County Island=Yorkshire]YKS|[County Island]> [Source.Class]_<[Source.Piece]|XX>_<[Source.Book]|XX>_<[Source.Folio]|XX>_<[Source.Page]|XX>

4. WT Ref


5. WT Cite

&lt;ref name="[WT Ref]"&gt;[Source.Title]<; [Name]><, Age: [Age]><, Est. Birth Date: [Estimated birth year]><; Where born: [Where born]><; Gender: [Gender]><; Occupation: [Occupation]><; Marital status: [Marital status]>. Source: Civil Parish: [Civil Parish]<; Class: [Source.Class]><; Piece: [Source.Piece]><; Folio: [Source.Folio]><; Page: [Source.Page]><; GSU roll: [Source.GSU roll]>. {{Ancestry Record|[Collection ID]|[Record Number]|uk}} &lt;/ref&gt;

6. WT.Table Head

* 1841 England Census.\<br/\>
|+1841 Census: [Civil Parish], [County Island]<<br/>Class: [Source.Class]; Piece: [Source.Piece]; Folio: [Source.Folio]; Page: [Source.Page]>\<br/\>
!Name||Gender||Age||Est. Birth year||Occupation||Where born\<br/\>

7. WT.Table Line

| [Name] || [Gender] || [Age] || [Estimated birth year] || [Occupation] || [Where born]\<br/\>

8. WT.Table Foot


Example for GRO Birth reference

[{"key":"GROUK.birth","name":"Birth","templates":[{"r":"GRO Reference Birth","t":"England and Wales General Register Office, GRO Online Index - Birth,(https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content : accessed <[Page.Access Date]>[Dated Mmmm yyyy] ), database entry for< [GivenName]>< [Surname]> (<Mother's Maiden Surname: [Mother's Maiden Surname]>), GRO Reference:<[Registration Year]> <[Registration Quarter]><, District: [District]><, Volume: [Volume]><, Page: [Page]>","u":1}],"type":"collection","version":1}]

and Ancestry Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916

"<[Source.Title]>" (database on-line). Ancestry.com. Entry for < [Name]>, baptism<, [Baptism Date]><, [Baptism Place]> (accessed < [Page.Access Date]>); citing <[Source.Part1]><, [Source.Part2]><; Source.Reference Number: [Source.Reference Number]>. {{Ancestry Record| [Collection ID]| [Record Number]|uk}}


  1. ORA, the Online Repository Assistant available from https://www.ora-extension.com/

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