Creating or Patrolling Online Genealogy Records Pages
- 1 What We Put On an Online Genealogy Record Page
- 2 What We Don’t Put On Online Genealogy Records Pages
- 3 Sources We Use to Find Links
- 4 Patrolling Issues—Watch for These Errors.=
What We Put On an Online Genealogy Record Page
1. Databases with actual people data
Every link should be an online databse that our users can search for possible names, dates, or places to add to their family histores. Links to library records or books/CD ROMs/etc. are not appropriate. It must be a readable database. For example:
3. The only exception is maps/gazetteers—something that will aid in finding a locality.
What We Don’t Put On Online Genealogy Records Pages
- How-to articles
- Methods and strategies
- Information about social customs
- History that doesn’t include biography
- Long lists of “great” links
- Chats, forums, bogs
- Societies, except membership societies with pedigree databases
- Extremely small collections
Sources We Use to Find Links
1. FamilySearch Historical Collection
2. Links in Wiki Articles
3. Major Websites:
4. Cyndi’s List—not everything she has. Our requirements are more specialized.
5. Google main topics—Keywords:
- Online database
- Birth records, death records, marriage records
- Church records
- Cemetery records
- Wills and probate
6. E-Book Collections, using the same keywords:
- Internet Archives
- Google Books
7. Family History Library Online
Patrolling Issues—Watch for These Errors.=
- A link that is not a database of names of people.
- Information for a smaller geographic area.
- A non-standard sub-topic. Or no sub-topic.
- A link that doesn’t lead immediately to the search page of the named collection
- No index status: index and images, images only, incomplete
- Other lengthy explanatory remarks.