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gensearch

Generate search links for a many genealogy websites.

Try the Demo

Usage

// Generate a search link for FamilySearch
var url = gensearch('familysearch', {
  givenName: "Joe William",
  familyName: "Clark"
});

// Some options can be changed. Here we modify the birth year range
var url = gensearch('familysearch', data, {
  birthRange: 5
});

// Or we can set the configuration option once and have it apply to all future searches.
gensearch.config('familysearch', {
  birthRange: 5
});

// We can also set options for multiple sites at once
gensearch.config({
  familysearch: {
    birthRange: 5
  },
  archives: {
    deathRange: 10
  }
});

Install

Web

Via the CDN unpkg:

<script src="//unpkg.com/gensearch@latest/dist/gensearch.min.js"></script>

Node

npm install gensearch
var genSearch = require('gensearch');

Schema

  • givenName
  • familyName
  • birthPlace
  • birthDate
  • deathPlace
  • deathDate
  • marriagePlace
  • marriageDate
  • fatherGivenName
  • fatherFamilyName
  • motherGivenName
  • motherFamilyName
  • spouseGivenName
  • spouseFamilyName

Sites

americanancestors

http://www.americanancestors.org/

var url = gensearch('americanancestors', data);

ancestry

http://ancestry.com

var url = gensearch('ancestry', data, [options]);
option default notes
db Search within a specific database. This value equates to the 'db' parameter value used by Ancestry.

archives

http://archives.com

var url = gensearch('archives', data);
option default
birthRange 2
deathRange 2

billiongraves

http://billiongraves.com/

var url = gensearch('billiongraves', data, [options]);
option default
yearRange 2

chroniclingamerica

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

var url = gensearch('chroniclingamerica', data);

familysearch

https://familysearch.org

var url = gensearch('familysearch', data, [options]);
option default notes
birthRange 2
deathRange 2
marriageRange 2
collectionId Only search within a specific collection.

findagrave

http://findagrave.com

var url = gensearch('findagrave', data);

findmypast.co.uk

http://findmypast.co.uk

var url = gensearch('findmypast.co.uk', data, [options]);
option default notes
event Type of event to search for. Valid values are birth, death, and other. The otherDate and otherPlace options are used when event is other.
birthRange 2
deathRange 2
otherRange 2
otherDate Only used when event is other.
otherPlace Only used when event is other.

findmypast.com

http://findmypast.com

var url = gensearch('findmypast.com', data, [options]);
option default notes
event Type of event to search for. Valid values are birth, death, and other. The otherDate and otherPlace options are used when event is other.
birthRange 2
deathRange 2
otherRange 2
otherDate Only used when event is other.
otherPlace Only used when event is other.

fold3

http://fold3.com

var url = gensearch('fold3', data);

Only givenName and familyName are used for Fold3 searches.

genealogieonline

http://genealogieonline.nl/en/

var url = gensearch('genealogieonline', data, [options]);
option default
birthRange 5
deathRange 5

genealogybank

http://genealogybank.com

var url = gensearch('genealogybank', data, [options]);
option default notes
lifespan 90 If either a birthDate or deathDate exists, but not both, then this value is used to approximate the missing year. For example, if the birthDate is 2 Feb 1766 and no deathDate is given then we would add lifespan to the birth year to get an approximate death year of 1856.
datePadding 5 This value is substracted from the calculated birth year and added to the calculated death year.

geneanet.en

http://en.geneanet.org/

var url = gensearch('geneanet.en', data, [options]);
option default notes
place birth Determines whether the birth or death place is used for searching. Values: birth or death.

gengophers

https://www.gengophers.com

var url = gensearch('gengophers', data);

geni

http://geni.com

var url = gensearch('geni', data);

Only givenName and familyName are used for Geni searches.

google

https://www.google.com

var url = gensearch('google', data);

mocavo

http://www.mocavo.com/

var url = gensearch('mocavo', data);

myheritage

http://www.myheritage.com

var url = gensearch('myheritage', data);

newspapers

http://www.newspapers.com/

var url = gensearch('newspapers', data, [options]);
option default notes
lifespan 90 If either a birthDate or deathDate exists, but not both, then this value is used to approximate the missing year. For example, if the birthDate is 2 Feb 1766 and no deathDate is given then we would add lifespan to the birth year to get an approximate death year of 1856.
datePadding 5 This value is substracted from the calculated birth year and added to the calculated death year.

nla trove

http://trove.nla.gov.au/

var url = gensearch('nlatrove', data);

openarchives

http://openarch.nl

var url = gensearch('openarchives', data);

Only givenName and familyName are used for Open Archive searches.

usgenweb

http://www.usgwarchives.net/

var url = gensearch('usgenweb', data);

werelate

http://werelate.org

var url = gensearch('werelate', data, [options]);
option default
birthRange 2
deathRange 2

wikitree

http://www.wikitree.com/

var url = gensearch('wikitree', data);

worldvitalrecords

http://worldvitalrecords.com

var url = gensearch('worldvitalrecords', data, [options]);
option default
dateRange 2

Contribute

Setup

git clone https://github.com/rootsdev/gen-search.git
cd gen-search
npm install

Add a site

  1. Create the site file in the src/sites directory. Look at archives.js for a simple example or familysearch.js for a more complex example.
  2. Add the new site to the src/search.js site list, in alphabetical order please.
  3. Add a test file in the test/sites directory. Look at any of the other site test files for an example.
  4. Run tests with npm test. The gensearch.js file will be automatically built with browserify before the tests are run.
  5. Document the new site in the README file, in alphabetical order please. Be sure to add a link in the site list just before the site specific docs.
  6. Commit and submit a pull request.