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Overall Objectives

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

Guiding Principles

  • 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.
  • 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.

Ohio Wiki Project Phases - Explanation

  • 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.

Phase 1

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The first phase includes adding content to each Ohio county page. Content will be added by completing written tasks that 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 - additional county headings will be added to each county page to make them uniform and cover more research topics users may have questions on
  • Infoboxes - adding dates concerning major resources for each county and giving information regarding important Ohio statewide indexes
  • 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

Phase 2

The second phase focuses on the following record types:

  • Vital Records (county only)
  • Probate Records
  • Land Records

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.

Phase 3

The third phase focuses on the following records types:

  • Church records
  • Tax records
  • Newspapers

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.

Phase 4

The fourth phase focuses on the following records types:

  • County histories - list of county histories available with links to online books and references to libraries
  • Cemeteries - links to major cemetery websites that contain cemetery transcriptions for the county

Schedule

Beginning August 27, 2012

Ohio Wiki Project Tasks

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 Ohio 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.

Phase 1

  • 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.
Ohio county/topic interest list 
Topics Complete Task Difficulty
Standardize County subject headings. 8/20/2012 3
County Courthouse Info Box: Locate uncopyrighted photos of courthouses and upload.
7/31/2012 3
Add contact information with link to county website. 7/31/2012 1
Verify neighboring counties in the County Headings Box. 2
Verify parent counties in the County Headings 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

Phase 2

Ohio county/topic interest list 
Topics
Add Ancestry vital records.
Add FamilySearch vital records.
Create Family History Library topic link for vital records.
Add Ancestry land and property link.
Create Family History Library topic link for land and property.
Add FamilySearch probate records.
Create Family History Library topic link for probate records.
Add US GenWeb links to the vital, land and probate sections.
Add Linkpendium links to the vital, land and probate sections.

Phase 3

Ohio county/topic interest list 
Topics
Add FamilySearch church records.
Create Family History Library topic link church records.
Add FamilySearch tax records.
Create Family History Library topic link for tax records.
Add available historical newspapers.
Add Linkpendium links to the appropriate records types.
Add US GenWeb links to the church records, tax, and newspaper sections.

Phase 4

Ohio county/topic interest list 
Topics
Create Family History Library topic link for cemeteries.
Add County Cemetery links to databases and transcriptions specific to the county.

Example of Ohio County Page

COMING SOON!!

Schedule

Guidelines and Style

Style and guidelines for the Ohio Wiki Project

Participants

Registration

If you are interested in participating in the Ohio Wiki Project, click here to register as an Ohio 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 Ohio.

  • 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.