FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Project Ohio Tasks - Cemetery Online Links
WikiProject Ohio Wiki Project Ohio Tasks - Cemetery Online Links
The purpose of this task is to add the introduction to probate records on Ohio county pages.
This task is beginner task and requires basic experience with copying and pasting in wikitext.
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Questions about editing this project?
You may wish to print these instructions before you begin editing.
- Go to the top right-hand corner of the page within the the white area.
- Locate the word Print or the icon of a printer. Click on the icon.
1. Check the Assignment Chart below to choose a county to edit.
2. Sign up on the Assignment Chart to accept the task. Sign-up instructions are posted with the Assignment Chart below.
3. For each county, you will add information to the county page by editing in wikitext. Read the general instructions then follow the wikitext link to continued task directions about using wikitext to edit this project.
- If you have questions about editing, go to wiki help links under the heading Description.
4. Mark the Assignment Chart below to indicate you have finished the task.
5. Also, report your finished task on the Ohio FamilySearch Completed Task Google Form. Follow the instructions on the Google form. This step is important for documenting completed wiki volunteer work. Thank you!
Wikitext Editing Instructions
1. Click on your chosen county name in the Assignment Chart. This will take you to your county page.
2. Login to the FamilySearch wiki using your FamilySearch login name and password. Find the sign-in area in the top right-hand corner of the page.
3. Scroll to the heading Cemeteries.
4. Open the Cemeteries heading for editing by clicking on the pen in square on the right-hand side of the page, opposite the heading title.
5. Click on the word wikitext in the toolbox at the top left of the edit box.
6. The cemetery information is in table format. This task requires that you change some Internet addresses (URL's) to take the user directly to Mahoning County cemetery records on the Internet. Some of the addresses are the same for all counties and will not need any editing.
7. Six links in the table require editing.
- A new row in the table begins after each |- .
- URL's are usually found between [ ] signs.
- Within the [ ] signs and after the URL there is a space and then the wording which appears within the table.
- One link is a template, which is similar, but coded a little differently. Instructions for using the template are included in this task.
8. After the second |- look for the URL for Findagrave. You will open a new browser window and search for the Findagrave county number for your chosen county.
- a. Open a new tab at the top right of your screen to a blank Internet page. The new tab will look like a blank tab or it will have a plus sign in it. Click inside the empty tab to open the new page. To toggle between your county page and the new Internet page you open, click your mouse inside the tab for either page.
- b. Copy this URL http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cs
- c. Paste it into the address bar in the box at the top of the new Internet page you just opened.
9. In the template, replace the county Adams with the name of the county you are working on.
10. In the template, change the numbers listed with the number you obtain from doing the following:
- While in the new FHLC on FamilySearch.org:
- a. Put your county into the search "For" field, i.e. Adams, Ohio.
- b. Click on the county name as it appears beneath what you are typing, and hit the Search button.
- c. Select the cemeteries topic from the list.
- d. Select any record listed in the cemeteries topic.
- e. In the cemetery record that you selected, under the "Subjects" heading select the link called "Ohio, (your county)– Cemeteries".
- f. Click on this blue subject link (i.e. Ohio, Adams - Cemeteries).
- g. In the upper left corner you will find a heading titled "Search" containing the term Subject Number. Under that is the heading "For" with a number. Copy the number in the "For" field.
- h.Paste the number in template listed in #1 above replacing the number field in the template.
- While in the new FHLC on FamilySearch.org:
11. Hit enter on your keyboard.
10. Click on the blue links you just added.
11. If any of these links do not work, please contact FamilySearch at the number listed in Description above.
12. Scroll nearly to the bottom of the page. Add a summary sentence in the Summary box saying something like, "Added cemetery table".
13. Click on the box "Save Page". The task is complete.
14. Follow the directions in the Assignment Chart section below to report your completed task.
Example of Completed Heading
Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Wiki Project Ohio Tasks - Cemetery Online Links Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Wiki Project Ohio Tasks - Cemetery Online Links Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (1981).  FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.
Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).
Example of a Completed Section
If you are accepting this task:
- 1. Sign in to the wiki at the upper right-hand corner of this page. Use your FamilySearch account username and password.
- 2. Open the Assignment Chart for editing by clicking on the check mark in the box at the right opposite the Assignment Table heading.
- 3. Place your cursor in the box under the heading Name/Date Task Accepted and opposite your county of choice.
- 4. Not all counties are included in the chart below. If your county is not listed, this task is not needed for your county.
- 5. Type 4 tildes (~). This symbol is located on the upper left-hand part of your keyboard, next to the number 1. The ~~~~ is an electronic signature and will leave your user name and date when you signed.
- 6. Scroll nearly to the bottom of the page. Add a summary sentence in the Summary box saying something like, "Selected Adams County for adding Probate intro".
- 7. Click on the box "Save Page".
- 8. You are now signed up to complete this task.
If you are completing this task:
- Follow the same instructions as accepting the task, except place your cursor in the correct county box under the heading Date Completed. Change your summary sentence to something like, "Completed Adams County for probate intro."
- Also, report your finished task on the Ohio FamilySearch Completed Task Google Form. Follow the instructions on the Google form. This step is important for documenting completed wiki volunteer work. Thank you!
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.