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Ideas for County Pages

At the state level, we have tried to provide resources that are valuable to all Wisconsin Researchers as well as County Coordinators. Please feel free to use any information off the Wisconsin State page that is a useful addition to your WIGenWeb County pages. The following page ideas are based on the volunteer help pages from the GAGenWeb Project, and are used with permission.


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Bibliography

Add a link to a listing of local history and genealogical books of interest to the researcher. The local library should be able to help you with this list if there’s not one already online. Following are a few book lists:

Birthparent Searchers

You will probably encounter researchers looking for their birth parents. Our genealogy pages, queries, boards, email lists, etc. are not the place for this type of research. Genealogy research usually begins with a personís grandparents to preserve the privacy of living persons. However, there are a tremendous number of sites on the internet that deal with folks looking for their birthparents. They should be referred to Adoption.org, Cyndiís List, or any of the other excellent sites.

Cemeteries

You can obtain a list of cemeteries in your county from the USGS Geographic Name Information System. Later, links, surveys and transcriptions can be added as data is received. Consider submitting cemetery data to the WIGenWeb Archives for permanent storage. Consider submitting church data to the WIGenWeb Archives for permanent storage. If you are interested in this alternative, review the Archives Guidelines for archiving data.

Check the Political Graveyard to see if someone notable is buried in your county and add them to your cemetery page. For more information, visit the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project.

Tip: Contact any military re-enactors groups that may be in your area as they often conduct cemetery surveys/transcriptions as one of their projects. Genealogical and historical societies are another good source.

Census

The USGenWeb Archives Project is striving to place census data online for each county in the United States. You can house data at your countyís site, or you can submit raw data for permanent placement in the WIGenWeb Census Archives, with a link from the countyís page. If you are interested in this alternative, please review the Guidelines for archiving data. State Coordinators and transcribers are always needed for the Archives Census Project.

Churches

You can obtain a list of some churches in your county from the USGS Geographic Name Information System. Later, links, records and transcriptions can be added as data is received. Consider submitting church data to the WIGenWeb Archives for permanent storage. If you are interested in this alternative, review the Archives Guidelines for archiving data.

Tip: A local phone book will help you out with finding current churches.

Counters

Counters assist you in determining the activity level of your page and when new elements should be added. If your page is hosted by RootsWeb, visit their counter help page. More Web Site Counters and Trackers.

Courthouse

At a minimum, provide a snail mail address and phone number. Courthouses meet with disaster from time to time, but that doesnít mean all the records were destroyed. County coordinators should try to include a list of what is available at the local courthouse.

Funeral Homes

You can obtain these from the Funeral Net website, or a local phone book.

Donít discount the value of a current phone book. Especially if you live across the country, it can really help you get your bearings, and of course, has a ton of current information.

Genealogical & Historical Societies

Provide a snail mail address to your local or regional genealogical and/or historical society, along with phone number, e-mail address and web site, if possible.

Graphics

It is helpful to researchers if you use a graphic to designate NEW and UPDATED items.


Thank you for visiting the WIGenWeb Project!

State Coordinator: Tina Vickery
Assistant State Coordinator: Marcia Ann Kuehl

Copyright © 1999 Kelly Mullins, WIGenWeb Webmistress
Special thanks to Vicki Wilson, Wisconsin's previous State Coordinator.

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