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Description

The purpose of this task is to verify the already-posted parent counties for each county. The list of parent counties is found on the county page under the Historical Facts heading and theEarliest Dates Databox.

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Instructions

1. Check the Assignment Chart below to choose a county to verify.

2. Sign up on the Assignment Chart to accept the task. Sign up instructions are posted with the Assignment Chart below.

3. Click on your chosen county name in the Assignment Chart.

4. Scroll to the heading Historical Facts.

5. Scroll to the section Parent Counties within Historical Facts.

6. Compare Parent Counties information with one of the following websites:

7. Open a new Internet browser page.

a.On the new webpage go to Ancestry Wiki. Courtesy of Ancestry.com.
1. Once on this page, scroll to bottom of the page and click on your county name.
2. Within the text find the parent county information.
3. Compare this information with what is already posted on the wiki county page.
b. A second website to check parent county names is ProGenealogists Courtesy of ProGenealogists.
1. Once on this page, scroll through the page to your county name.
2. Within the text find the parent county information.
3. Compare this information with what is already posted on the wiki county page.
  • Accept these websites as correct, if you find a mistake on FamilySearch Wiki.
  • If changes are needed, you may make those changes by editing in rich text or wikitext.
  • If you are new to the wiki, rich text may be easier for you to use.
  • If you have questions about editing (such as rich text or wiktext), go to wiki help links under the heading Description.
  • You only need to edit in one style of text.

4. If no changes are needed, your task is complete.

5. Mark the Assignment Chart below to indicate you have finished the task.

6. Also, report your finished task on the Iowa FamilySearch Completed Task Google Form. Follow the instructions on the Google form. This step is important for documenting completed wiki volunteer work. Thank you!


Rich Text Editing Instructions

a. Login to the FamilySearch wiki using your FamilySearch login name and password.
b. Open the county page for editing by clicking on the button "Edit this page" near the upper right-hand corner of the page, opposite the county page title.
c. Scroll to the heading Parent Counties.
d. If county names need to be changed:
1. Edit as you would in any word processing program.
2. Delete the incorrect county name by placing your cursor at the end of the word which needs editing. Backspace to remove any incorrect words or letters.
3. Type in the correct name.
4. Highlight the county name you just typed.
5. Go to the toolbar at the top of the page.
6. Select the World icon with the link.
7. Type your county name below the work link in this format,"[Your County Name] County, Iowa".
- Capitalize the beginning of each word and place the comma as shown.
- An automatic search result will appear in the box below.
- Choose the result which exactly matches [Your county name] County, Iowa by clicking on it. This will link the county you typed to its page in the FamilySearch Wiki.
- Click OK.
f. If county formation date needs to be changed:
1. Edit as you would in any word processing program.
2. Place your cursor at the end of the numbers which need editing.
3. Backspace to remove any incorrect numbers.
4. Type in the correct numbers.
g. After the county formation date add a reference as follows:
1. Place your cursor after the county formation date.
2. Go to the toolbar near the top of the page. Click on the first blue <R>.
3. This will open a box to edit the reference.
4. If you used Ancestry as a reference, copy and paste the following reference into the edit box:
Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Monona County, Iowa" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monona_County,_Iowa (accessed 3 August 2012).
a. Within the citation, change the county name "Monona" to your county name in both places it is used. Change the accessed date to the date you viewed the information.
b. Click OK.
5. If you used ProGenealogist as a reference, copy the paste the following into the edit box:
ProGenealogists. "Iowa Genealogy Records and Iowa Ancestry." http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogyiowa.htm (accessed 3 Aug 2012).
a. Within the citation, change the accessed date to the date you viewed the information.
b. Click OK.
h. Scroll nearly to the bottom of the page. Add a summary sentence in the Summary box saying something like, "Edited neighboring counties information".
i. Click on the box "Save Page".
j. Your task is complete.
k. Mark the Assignment Chart below to indicate you have finished the task.
l. Also, report your finished task on the Iowa 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

a. Login to the FamilySearch wiki using your FamilySearch login name and password.
b. Open the county page for editing by clicking on the button "Edit this page" near the upper right-hand corner of the page, opposite the county page title.
c. Click on the word 'Wikitext' in the top left corner of the toolbar.
d. Scroll to the section *'''Parent Counties''' .
e. Each county name is linked to the correct county wiki page by the wikitext as follows: [[(county name) County, Iowa|(county name)]]. When linked correctly, after the page is saved, the county name will be blue. This link takes the reader directly to the named county page.
f. If county names need to be changed:
1. Edit as you would in any word processing program.
2. Delete the incorrect county name by placing your cursor at the end of the word which needs editing. Backspace to remove any incorrect words or letters.
3. Copy the following sentence and paste where the correct county name should appear:
[[(county name) County, Iowa|(county name)]]
4. Replace the words county name with the correct parent county name (do this twice, at both places within the sentence where the county name appears).
g. If county formation date needs to be changed:
1. Edit as you would in any word processing program.
2. Place your cursor at the end of the numbers which need editing.
3. Backspace to remove any incorrect numbers.
4. Type in the correct numbers.
h. After the county formation date add a reference as follows:
1. If you used Ancestry as a reference:
a. Place your cursor after the county formation date.
b. Copy and past the following reference:
<ref>Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Monona County, Iowa" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monona_County,_Iowa (accessed 3 August 2012). </ref>
i. Within the citation, change the county name "Monona" to your county name in both places it is used.
ii. Change the accessed date to the date you viewed the information.
iii. Click OK.
5. If you used ProGenealogist as a reference:
a. Place your cursor after the county formation date.
b. Copy and past the following reference:
<ref>ProGenealogists. "Iowa Genealogy Records and Iowa Ancestry." http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogyohio.htm (accessed 3 Aug 2012). </ref>
i. Within the citation, change the accessed date to the date you viewed the information.
ii. Click OK.
i. Add a summary sentence near the bottom of the page in the Summary box saying something like, "Edited parent counties information".
j. Click on the box "Save Page".
k. Your task is complete.
l. Mark the Assignment Chart below to indicate you have finished the task.
m. Also, report your finished task on the Iowa FamilySearch Completed Task Google Form. Follow the instructions on the Google form. This step is important for documenting completed wiki volunteer work. Thank you!

Section Example

Complete Heading Example

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1856*
1846*
1856*
1845
1795
1846
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Iowa Digital Collections






Assignment Chart

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. 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.
5. Scroll nearly to the bottom of the page. Add a summary sentence in the Summary box saying something like, "Selected Monona County for Verification".
6. Click on the box "Save Page".
7. 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 Monona County for parent counties verification."
  • Also, report your finished task on the Iowa FamilySearch Completed Task Google Form. Follow the instructions on the Google form. This step is important for documenting completed wiki volunteer work. Thank you!
County Name/Date Task Accepted Date Completed
Adair
Adams
Allamakee
Appanoose
Audubon
Benton
Black Hawk
Boone
Bremer
Buchanan
Buena Vista
Butler
Calhoun
Carroll
Cass
Cedar
Cerro Gordo
Cherokee
Chickasaw
Clarke
Clay
Clayton
Clinton
Crawford
Dallas
Davis
Decatur
Delaware
Des Moines
Dickinson
Dubuque
Emmet
Fayette
Floyd
Franklin
Fremont
Greene
Grundy
Guthrie
Hamilton
Hancock
Hardin
Harrison
Henry
Howard
Humboldt
Ida
Iowa
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Johnson
Jones
Keokuk
Kossuth
Lee
Linn
Louisa
Lucas
Lyon
Madison
Mahaska
Marion
Marshall
Mills
Mitchell
Monona
Monroe
Montgomery
Muscatine
O'Brien
Osceola
Page
Palo Alto
Plymouth
Pocahontas
Polk
Pottawattamie
Poweshiek
Ringgold
Sac
Scott
Shelby
Sioux
Story
Tama
Taylor
Union
Van Buren
Wapello
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Winnebago
Winneshiek
Woodbury
Worth
Wright



  1. Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Mahoning County, Ohio" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Mahoning_County,_Ohio (accessed 4 August 2012).
  2. Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Monona County, Iowa" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monona_County,_Iowa (accessed 4 August 2012).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Monona County, Iowa" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monona_County,_Iowa (accessed 10 May 2012).