Transcribed Ephemera XML Catalog

If you would like to index the individual items (e.g. funeral cards, WWII ration books, etc.) in our collection, you may download the latest XML Catalog, which is updated whenever new resources are added. This catalog represents a subset of the entire collection, and is limited to items that are owned by Genealogy Today LLC and/or have been donated. These collections also include entries/links to external resources, which are NOT included in this catalog.

If you prefer to spider the transcribed ephemera area, a standard sitemap is available to ensure you are capturing the correct pages, and to avoid unnecessary spidering of non-content pages.

XML Catalog Field Explanations

Last updated on March 24, 2011

The XML Catalog is started with a "documentlist" tag, which has an "updated" attribute. The updated attribute indicates when the file was last prepared. Within the documentlist begin/end tags are multiple "document" tags.

Here is a sample document listing:

<document id="T30706" released="2007-10-20" sequence="2"> <title>Abbott, Ann, 1940s, Ration Book No. 3</title> <link>http://www.genealogytoday.com/guide/ephemera.mv?ID=30706</link> <affiliate>http://www.gentod.com/click.mv?TER=30706</affiliate> <country>USA</country> <state>NH</state> </document>

id: This is an internal record number for the resource.

released: This is the date (YYYYMMDD) that the resource was released.

sequence: This is a sequence number specific to the XML file, and is used for debugging purposes only.

title: The title of the resource. The naming convention is Surname, First Name, Year, Resource Description. Items where a year is unknown will state "Undated" in the year slot. PLEASE NOTE: While a majority of the resources relate to individuals, there are items for organizations and/or locations included in the collection (e.g. photographs/postcards of orphanages).

link: A URL to a static HTML page to the resource. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the URL's are based on the title, and as such, may be impacted when a typographical error occurs and/or for disambiguation purposes. Whenever this occurs, the original URL is preserved on the web site with a META refresh redirect.

affiliate: A dynamic tracking URL for members of our affiliate program. To utilize this like, simply append the "A=" parameter along with your affiliate ID.

country: ISO 3166 Alpha-3 country. This field is only available when we are able to determine the country of the original document. For U.S. documents, this field is only available when a state abbreviation is determined.

state: U.S. state abbreviation (reference: United States Postal Service). This field is only available when we are able to determine the state of the original document.

county: County name within U.S. states only. This field is only available when we are able to determine the county of the original document.

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