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Current Projects page Gotoarrow.png Fixing broken links on U.S. county pages

Purpose[edit | edit source]

This project will correct any broken links that were identified in the Finding Broken Links on U.S. County Pages Project.   Using a spreadsheet created by that project, the team member will search for new links to replace the broken ones and then place the new links on the respective county pages.

This is a content project, and anyone can be a part of the team, although some prior research experience would be very helpful. 

Project Contact[edit | edit source]

Jane Colmenares

Task Page[edit | edit source]

Task List

Project Instructions[edit | edit source]

Video Instructions for project

Step 1[edit | edit source]

Go to the Task List and select a state that has not been assigned to work on.  Enter your name on the table for the state you select so no one else will work on the same pages.  Also, use the link there to locate the spreadsheet for your state.

Step 2[edit | edit source]

Find broken link on the spreadsheet.

Step 3[edit | edit source]

Copy the broken link and go to: This website has what is called a Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine has a history of what a URL used to contain.

Step 4[edit | edit source]

In the Wayback machine URL field, paste in your link. Then press the “Browse History” button


Step 5[edit | edit source]

You will now see a calendar that lists when the webpage was archived. Choose a date that has a blue circle around it to see what the page looked like. It is suggested to try a day in the previous year. If the page shows up as a broken link, then try a date 6 months earlier until you see a web page.


Step 6[edit | edit source]

If the Wayback machine does NOT have an original version of the page, try to see if it contains a copy.   Go to: 

Delete the http:// in the Enter URL field and paste the broken URL.


Step 7[edit | edit source]

  • Once you find the old webpage, go to Google and searching for the new URL. Try taking the beginning portion of the URL to locate a possible page. Also try googling some key words on the old page along with the first part of the URL.  '
  • For the broken link: from the Wayback Machine you see the words: the name of the website: Illinois State Archives and the database it’s linking to: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900
  • Type in google: Illinois state archives statewide marriage index 1763-1900
  • Try out each of the URLS until you find a good match. For this example, the correct match is:

Step 8[edit | edit source]

With the correct new URL, go to the wiki county page and replace the broken link with the new one you have found.  Be sure to check the page once you have updated it to be sure the new link you added works.

***NOTE: If you are unable to locate a new link for the broken URL, put the link and identifying information on this spreadsheet. Leave the reference on the wiki page and we will double check it.

Step 9[edit | edit source]

Record on your spreadsheet the new URL and the day it was fixed.