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Overall Objectives

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

Guiding Principles

  • 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.

Nebraska Wiki Project Phases - Explanation

Repositories Tasks

The first set of tasks includes adding content to each Nebraska 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

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

Schedule

Beginning Spring 2013

Iowa Wiki Project Tasks

Before beginning any tasks please review the Iowa 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 Iowa Wiki Project. Each task has step-by-step instructions to accomplish it. SOME TASKS ARE NOT YET COMPLETED. 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

Iowa 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
County Courthouse Info Box: Locate uncopyrighted photos of courthouses and upload.
3
Add contact information with link to county website. 1
Verify neighboring counties in the Earliest Dates Databox. 2
Verify parent counties in the Earliest Dates Databox Box. 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

Iowa 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 7/7/13 1
Add Vital Records Subheadings 2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part A. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part B. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add FamilySearch Vital Records. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add Vital Records Other Repositories template 3



Probate and Land Records Tasks

Iowa 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 7/7/13 1
Add Ancestry Probate Records 2
Add FamilySearch Probate Records. 2
Add Probate Records Other Repositories template. 3
Add Land and Property Records Introduction 7/7/13 1
Add Land and Property Other Repositories template
3
US GenWeb Vital, Land and Probate Links 3



Newspapers and Church Records Tasks

Iowa 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
1
Add Church Records Introduction 7/7/13 2
Add FamilySearch church records. 2
Add church records other repositories template.
3



County Histories Tasks

Iowa 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 7/7/13 1
FamilySearch County Histories 3
Ancestry County Histories 3
County Histories found in Google Books and Internet Archive 3



Tax and Cemetery Records Tasks

Iowa 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 7/7/13 1
Add FamilySearch tax records. 2
Add tax records other repositories template.
3
Add Cemetery Records Intro 3
Add Cemetery Online Links 3

Example of Iowa County Page

Monona County Iowa

Schedule

Guidelines and Style

Style and guidelines for the Iowa Wiki Project

Participants

Registration

If you are interested in participating in the Iowa Wiki Project, click here to register as an Iowa FamilySearch Wiki Project Volunteer. As soon as you are registered, you may begin to add information to any of the tasks typed in blue in the tables above.


Community Meetings

To be determined

Online meetings with focus on Wiki pages for Iowa.

  • 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

None are scheduled at this time.

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