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Finding broken links using Check My Links

Purpose[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this project is to use the Check My Links Chrome extension to identify broken links on specific Wiki pages and put them on a spreadsheet.

  • NOTE: This extension only works using the Chrome browser.

Task Page[edit | edit source]

Spreadsheet[edit | edit source]

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Do this First!: Add Check My Links extension to Chrome browser[edit | edit source]

1. To do this project, you must use Google Chrome browser. If you do not have Chrome on your computer, you can download it from here.

2. Open Chrome and go to this website: Check My Links

3. Click on the Add to Chrome blue button.

4. Once it's loaded, restart Chrome. (Remember, you only need to add Check My Links to Chrome once.)

5. You know the Check My Links extension is added to your Chrome browser when you see the black icon with a white check mark in the top right corner of the screen.


Step 1: Check for Broken Links[edit | edit source]

Check My Links menu.PNG

1. Go to the task list and sign up for group of Wiki pages to locate broken links.

2. Once on the Wiki page, click on the black icon with the white check mark in the top right hand corner of the screen.

3. The Check My Links program will now run and display green and red links on the Wiki page. It takes several minutes for the program to complete checking the Wiki page. Meaning of links:

  • Green: Valid links (link is good)
  • Red: Broken link (the link needs to be reported and fixed)

4. Only review the red links listed on the actual Wiki page. Do not review any links that are in the left hand navigation bar or the top FamilySearch navigation bar.

5. Once you find a link fill out the information on the Report Broken Links April 2020 Google Sheet

6. Fill out:

  • Column A: Your name
  • Column B: Date
  • Column C: Wiki page URL
  • Column D: Header name where the broken link is (i.e., Military Records, Vital Records, etc.)
  • Column E: Name of broken link (what the link is called on the Wiki page)
  • Column F: Broken Link URL (right click on the link and on click on the menu, "Copy link address"
  • Column G: If the link goes to a foreign language website, list the language it is in
  • Column H: If you find the link is appearing on more than one Wiki, please put, "Yes" in this column. Otherwise, leave it blank.
  • Column I: List any additional information you would like us to know.
  • Columns J, K, and L: Please leave leave blank. We will using these columns when fixing the links

7. Once you have reported the broken links on the Report Broken Links April 2020 Google Sheet, you can go back to the and put the date.

8. When you have completed your span of Wiki pages to check, return to the [[ |Task List]] and put the date you completed the task.

Step 2: Fixing Broken Links Project[edit | edit source]

If you would like to fix the broken links you have just reported, go to these instructions: [[ ]]