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Project Guidelines

The following guidlines will be followed by the WikiProject Ohio members until end of the project, tentatively scheduled for TBD 2012.


The first few weeks of the Ohio project we will agree on a model style, and create at least one example page of it. To keep the project moving forward, NO style changes nor further discussion of changes will be allowed after that for the remainder of the project (tentatively until TBD 2012). Participants are expected to follow that style during the project.

Style includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of standard Ohio templates
  • Headings (anything that would appear in a table of contents) match with FHL Catalog subject headings as much as possible 
  • Heading levels: use levels three, four or five; avoid levels one and two
  • Order of presentation
  • Table of contents style or position (or lack of TOC)
  • image, table, or template positions or size; prefer sharp images relevant to the topic on the page
  • font
  • bold
  • italic for titles of published books
  • underline
  • indentation
  • bullets. Items under headings on county pages will be bulleted lists. Information describing the headings themselves will not be bulleted.
  • numbering
  • citations in footnote style
    • Please use the full Chicago Manual of Style footnote style (modified):
Author(s), followed by a comma
Title (book titles in italics)
Publication data in parenthesis:
- Publication place, followed by a colon
- Publisher
- Year of publication
- comma, and the the page number(s) followed by a period
Access information:
- link to free online copy, if any. IF a free online copy is available no further access data needs to be added.
- IF NO free online edition is available, then add:
- WorldCat template: {{WorldCat|#####|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
- FHL template: {{FHL|####|item|disp=FHL Film ###; Fiche ###; Book ###}}.
- Brief annotation explaining the content, or why, or how a reader would want to use the source.
  • image, table, or template style
  • internal link style
  • external link style including brief annotation. Prefer http:// links over https:// links.

Wording changes

Before changing the saved wording of another team member who followed these rules you must get their consent (except for obvious minor typos).

Links with purpose

The Wiki is not a links repository. It uses links to support the genealogical educational purpose of a page or section of a page. Show and explain links with an educational purpose in mind. Annotate each external link briefly but well enough for the reader to realize what they will be getting if they click that link.

Seek out local and unique

Seek out local and unique genealogical search strategies, records, or repositories and explain them to readers.

Describe each edit

Describe each edit in theSummary field before clicking the Save button.


Non-compliance will result in work being reverted, or changed to follow these rules.

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