Surnames/tags: WikiTree_Sourcer Extension Citation
WikiTree Sourcer is a free Browser Extension developed by Rob Pavey that helps the user to search for sources and cite them, thus saving a lot of time and manual typing.
It focuses on three goals:
- From a WikiTree profile page it provides the ability to search other genealogy websites for relevant records.
- From one of these genealogy websites' records page it can extract data and build a citation.
- Also from one of these genealogy websites records page it can search other genealogy websites for similar records. For example on an Ancestry page it can help find free versions of the same original source.
The extension is still in active development as features and supported sites are added.
NEW: Watch the Intro Video here. NOTE: The video was made with a slightly older version of the extension. There is no longer an "Insert ..." menu item - you just use paste now.
How to install
The extension is free to install and use. It works in many different browsers.
- For Chrome, Opera, Brave, Edge, Vivaldi and other Chromium based browsers , install it from the Chrome Web Store.
- For Firefox install it from the Firefox Add-ons page.
- It is not currently released on Safari but a version is in beta test.
After installing if you already have pages open for WikiTree, Ancestry etc then you will have to do a reload on those pages before the extension will work on them.
For efficient use of the extension you will want to "pin" the extension (under the jigsaw-piece icon in Chrome) so that the "" always shows up in the toolbar.
Before using too much check out the options page ("Options..." on the menu). There are different options for formatting and you can select which countries your subscriptions for Ancestry and FMP are in.
Currently the Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch, GRO and FreeBMD sites are supported so you can search those from a WikiTree profile and build citations from those sites and search from one to another.
I have auto generation of the free Ancestry sharing links working when you build an Ancestry citation.
Everything in WikiTree Sourcer is done via the popup menu which is accessed via the  icon in the toolbar of the browser.
When on a WikiTree profile (in read or edit mode) the menu allows you to search other sites for sources for this profile.
When on an Ancestry, FindMyPast or FamilySearch record page, or a GRO search page or a FreeBMD "Entry Information" page the menu allows you to create a citation or search other sites for information on the person.
There are three options for creating a citation:
- Build Inline Citation - creates a inline citation
- Build Narrative with Citation - creates some narrative text followed by an inline citation
- Build Source Citation - creates a citation suitable for pasting after the == Sources == line.
The citation is put into the paste buffer (clipboard) so you can use Ctrl+V/Cmd+V or whatever your platform/browser uses for paste to insert into the WikiTree biography.
If your search finds more than one record then click the radio button next to the one that you want and then bring up the popup menu to build the citation. By default it will use the first match.
With default options a GRO birth citation will look like this:
"England & Wales General Register Office"
GRO Online Indexes - Birth (accessed 6 August 2021)
Pavey, Mary Eliza (Mother's maiden name: Ellacott).
GRO Reference: 1844 Jul-Aug-Sep in East Stonehouse Volume 09 Page 338.
With default options an Ancestry citation will look something like this:
"1861 England Census"
Class: RG 9; Piece: 122; Folio: 40; Page: 11; GSU roll: 542577
Ancestry Sharing Link Ancestry Record 8767 #5010161 (accessed 2 September 2021)
Harry A Pavey (8) son, in household of William H Pavey (54) in Pancras registration district. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England.
When I search Ancestry it takes me to the wrong site (and asks me to sign up)
By default WikiTree Sourcer uses the ancestry.com site. But there is an option to tell it where your subscription is:
|WTS Options page: Ancestry Subscription|
To report a bug please add a comment on this Free Space Page with a link to the page you were on when you saw the bug.
We have a community of members discussing the extension, reporting issues and making suggestions on a "Rob Pavey Apps" Discord Server. If you would like to join please send a PM to me (Rob Pavey).
Here is a list of enhancements that I have planned or that have been requested by users (this will probably move to another page).
- Safari browser support
- Allow Build Citation on FamilySearch image page (sometimes there is no transcription)
- Census narratives could include occupation and household details
- Change the Options page to have two dimensional tabs - for site and feature
- Add the ability to search for a WikiTree profile from records (or person pages) on other sites.
- Automatically create named references if the same citation is used in more than one place on the profile.
- Improve visibility of extension icon in toolbar. Possibly switch icons when browser is in light or dark mode. Possibly grey out icon for pages that the extension does not support.
- Option put put date in bold in narrative
- Option to put the person's name in bold in the data string or table in a citation.
New sites to support
- Find a Grave
- Scotland's People
- England OPCs (Particularly Cornwall and perhaps Lancashire)
- UK National Archives Discovery
- Google Books
- Dutch sites: openarch and wiewaswie
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
- Private Messages: Send a private message to the Profile Manager. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
- Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)