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Kansas Boundary Changes

Purpose[edit | edit source]

Adding information to the about boundary changes on the county page

Task List[edit | edit source]

Task List

Instructions[edit | edit source]

1. Sign up for a span of counties to work on by going to the Task List.

2. Go to the first county on your list and do the following steps.

Step 1: Review Information[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the Boundary Changes heading on the county page.

2. Review the information to make sure there is a "Parent County" in the bullet list. If it is missing, go to the first bullet that mentions when the county was created and listing the correct parent county.

3. Remove the date in bold and replace it with the wiki text:
*'''Parent County:'''

For example, if the bullet looked like this:

  • 1867--Pawnee County was created 26 February 1867 from Marion County.

Change it to be:

  • Parent County: Pawnee County was created 26 February 1867 from Marion County.

Step 2: Format bullets[edit | edit source]

1. Currently, there are two dash marks after the date. Change the dash marks to a colon and space.

For example, change:
*'''1867--'''

To:
*'''1867: '''


Step 3: Indent other boundary changes[edit | edit source]

1. If there are other dates listed of when boundary changes occurred for the county, add an additional asterisk to each bullet to make them indent in a space.

For example, before:
*'''1857--''' Breckenridge County was created 17 February 1857 as an original county.
*'''1862--''' Name changed to Lyon County on 5 Feb 1862.
*'''County seat:''' Emporia <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lyon County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>

After:
*'''Parent County:''' Breckenridge County was created 17 February 1857 as an original county.
**'''1862:''' Name changed to Lyon County on 5 Feb 1862.
*'''County seat:''' Emporia <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lyon County, Kansas. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>


Step 4: Adding Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1. Paste the following Wikitext directly below the County Seat bullet in the list. If either database is already listed, delete the one on the page and add the new version.

*'''Map''': [http://www.mapofus.org/kansas/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Kansas] - shows boundary changes for Kansas Counties
*'''Chronology''': [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/KS_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Kansas Historical Boundary Changes] - legislative details of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>

Save the Page[edit | edit source]

1. Make sure the edits you have made are still within the table already in the Boundary Changes section.

2. Once you have added the wikitext and formatted the section, preview the page by clicking on, Show Preview at the bottom of the page. Check your work to make sure it looks like it should. Make any necessary adjustments.

3. Go to the bottom of the page and enter "formatted boundary changes" in the edit summary box and save the page.

4. You are now done with the task. Go to the next County on your list.

Example[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1987), 52. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  2. Brief County Histories (New Mexico) in RootsWeb (accessed 21 June 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Colorado Territory" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopeida at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Territory (accessed 19 June 2012).
  4. Adrian B. Ettlinger, AniMap 3.0 : with SiteFinder U.S. place name database (Alamo, Calif.: Gold Bug, 2008), Colorado 1861 map. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL CD-ROM no. 4903.
  5. Handybook, 98, Costilla County, Colorado.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).