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Overall Objectives[edit | edit source]

The purpose of the Louisiana Wiki Project is to help readers find and use Louisiana resources and records for genealogy and family history. The project will update and improve:

Note:Louisiana counties are known as parishes

Guiding Principles[edit | edit source]

  • Highlight important and relevant items. Long lists of every website or every publication would bury, rather than highlight, what's important.
  • Tell readers what to expect when they follow a link or search a suggested record.
  • Balance content with these four factors in mind:
a. Genealogical Value. Does this help Wiki users further their research?
b. Clarity. Make sure everyone understands your meaning and the purpose of your words.
c. Brevity. Be succinct as possible without sacrificing purpose or clarity.
d. Documentation. Use footnote(s) to identify the source(s) of the content you are creating.

For each section containing information regarding resources and records, the following should be included:

For more style and guidelines for the Ohio Wiki Project.

Louisiana Wiki Project Phases - Explanation[edit | edit source]

Repositories Tasks[edit | edit source]

The first set of tasks includes adding content to each Louisiana county page. Content will be added by completing written tasks which will apply to each county. These tasks will have written instructions giving guidance on how to enter information, format the information, and how to cite the information, when applicable. Some of these tasks entail specifically:

  • County headings
  • Verify parent county and surrounding counties
  • County repositories (libraries, archives, museums) - contact information for repositories that hold original and compiled records for individuals that lived in that county including links to the repositories' websites with additional information
  • Locate Family History Centers

Records Tasks[edit | edit source]

This group of tasks focuses on the following record type:

  • Vital Records
  • Probate Records
  • Land Records
  • Newspapers
  • Church records
  • Tax records
  • Cemeteries

Each record type above will include what records are available, time period the record covers and how they can be accessed including links to databases, images and references to books and microfilm and information to repositories.

  • County histories - list of county histories available with links to online books and references to libraries

Louisiana Wiki Project Tasks[edit | edit source]

Before beginning any tasks please review the Ohio Project guidelines.

FIRST TIME WIKI USERS: For instructions on how to edit the wiki use the following:

The following are tasks to be accomplished for the Louisiana Wiki Project. Each task has step-by-step instructions to accomplish it. SOME TASKS (in red) ARE NOT YET READY TO DO. WHEN TASKS ARE LINKED (typed in blue) THEY ARE READY FOR PARTICIPANTS TO WORK ON THEM.

  • Task Difficulty Tasks are rated for difficulty. Within each phase task table look for 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being the least difficult and 3 being the most difficult.

Background and Repositories Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Standardize County subject headings.
3
Verify neighboring counties. 2
Verify parent counties.
1
Locate county societies. Add contact information, link, and significant collections.
3
Locate county archives, libraries and museums. Add contact information, link, and significant collections.
3
Locate Family History Centers. Add link.
2



Vital Records Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Vital Records Introduction 1
Add Vital Records Subheadings 2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part A. Wait to complete this  task until Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete for your chosen county.
2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part B. Wait to complete this task until Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete for your chosen county.
2
Add FamilySearch Vital Records. Wait to complete this task until Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete for your chosen county.
2
Add Vital Records Other Repositories template 3



Probate and Land Records Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list 
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Probate Records Introduction 1
Add Ancestry Probate Records
2
Add FamilySearch Probate Records.
2
Add Probate Records Other Repositories template.
3
Add Land and Property Records Introduction 1
Add Land and Property Other Repositories template

3
US GenWeb Vital, Land and Probate Links
3



Newspapers and Church Records Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Historical Newspapers Introduction and Headings 2
US GenWeb Church, Tax and Newspaper Records 3
Add newspaper records other repositories template Ericcharlesperazzo 01:35, 1 August 2013 (UTC) 1
Add Church Records Introduction 1
Add Church Subheadings 2
Add FamilySearch church records. 2
Add church records other repositories template.
3



County Histories Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list 
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add County Histories Introduction 1
FamilySearch County Histories 3
Ancestry County Histories 3
County Histories found in Google Books and Internet Archive 3



Tax and Cemetery Records Tasks[edit | edit source]

Louisiana county/topic interest list 
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Tax Records Introduction 1
Add tax records other repositories template.
3
Add Cemetery Records Intro 3
Add Cemetery Online Links 3

Example of Louisiana County Page[edit | edit source]

Acadia Parish Louisiana

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Guidelines and Style[edit | edit source]

Style and guidelines for the Louisiana Wiki Project as well as Ohio.

Discussion and Forum[edit | edit source]

Paticipants are encouraged to use the Facebook Louisiana Genealogy Wiki Project Group as a forum for questions and discussions. This is not yet available.

Community Meetings[edit | edit source]

To be determined

Online meetings with focus on Wiki pages for Louisiana.

  • Share ideas, suggest improvements
  • Get news and progress reports.

Attend from home, at a library, or wherever you have an internet connection and a telephone.

Current Meetings[edit | edit source]

None are scheduled at this time.