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Current Projects page Gotoarrow.png Updating links on Online Records Pages

Purpose[edit | edit source]

This project will use previously created spreadsheets identifying broken links on the Online Records Pages for states and countries.  We will update (whenever possible) or remove any of the broken links, as well as check for any new/updated record collections to go on the page.

Project Contact[edit | edit source]

Jane Colmenares

Task List[edit | edit source]

Task List

Project Instructions[edit | edit source]

Part One - Repairing Broken Links[edit | edit source]

1. Instructions for this part of the project are found on: Fixing links on Online Records Pages. For this project, skip down to Part Two below.

Part Two  -  Adding New Links to Pages[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the task list and sign up for a state or country Online Genealogy Records wiki page.

2. Click on the link to go to the google doc for this project.  This document was created in a prior WikiProject identifying broken links on the pages.  

3. In this project, you will be looking for additional record collections for the page, or any collections that may have changed since the page was last updated.

4.  You will use the same spreadsheet and just go down to the next available line after all of the broken links and add any URL and description that you plan on adding to the page.

5. CHECK FAMILYSEARCH: Visit FamilySearch.org to see what new collections are available for the locality.
    a. Go to FamilySearch.org Historical Records: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list
    b. On the left of the screen find the locality under the Place list. For example, if you are doing Alabama, click on the United States link, then click on Alabama
    c. Once the list comes up, on the right side of the screen, click on “last updated.” This will put the list of databases in chronological order of when the collections have been last updated.
    d. From that list, examine any collections that have been added in since 2012.
    e. Compare the list on FamilySearch with the Online Genealogy Records page to see if the newer databases are listed.
    f. NOTE: If you are doing a state in the US: you must check the state list and the US list for any country-wide new collections – except for federal censuses. We only list special state censuses on this page.
   g. If there are no new databases, skip to Step 6.
   h. If there is a new database not on the Online Genealogy Records page, go back to step 2 to click on the link to the google doc spreadsheet for this project and find the tab for your Online Genealogy Records page.
       i. Fill out the following fields regarding this collection:
       i. Website name: Type in FamilySearch
      ii. Collection name: Type in full name of collection
     iii. Index/images: Pick one of the following that fits the collection:
         1. index only
         2. Images only
         3. Index and images
    iv. Is the database complete?: Pick one of the following that fits the collection.
         1. Complete (meaning the collection covers the whole locality)
         2. Incomplete (meaning they have not finished indexing and it is incomplete. Sometimes this is indicated on the “learn more” wiki page for the collection. If no notation is found, assume the collection is complete)
     v. URL: Copy the URL and paste it in the field
    vi. Collection number: Fill in the collection number.
        1. This is found in the URL when you have clicked on the database. It is the group of numbers listed after “collection/” Example: collection number is highlighted: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1661470

6. CHECK ANCESTRY: For the localities: US, Canada, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, visit Ancestry.com
    a. Go to http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections
    b. Use the drop down menu to locate your locality for your project.
    c. Compare the list on Ancestry with the Online Genealogy Records page to see if the newer databases are listed.
    d. Please check any collections that have been added in the last 2 years. Use the “Show more” link at the bottom of the page to see collections added earlier.
    e. NOTE: If you are doing a state in the US: you must check the state list and the US list for any country-wide new collections – except for federal censuses. We only list special state censuses on this page.
    f. We are only listing databases. Do not add any digital books.
   g. If there are no new databases, skip to Step 5.
   h. If there is a new database not on the Online Genealogy Records page, go back to step 2 to click on the link to the google doc spreadsheet for this project and find the tab for your Online genealogy records page.
      i. Fill out the following fields regarding this collection:
          i. Website name: Type in Ancestry
         ii. Collection name: Type in full name of collection
        iii. Index/images: Pick one of the following that fits the collection:
            1. index only
            2. Images only
            3. Index and images
       iv. Is the database complete?: Pick one of the following that fits the collection.
            1. Incomplete (meaning they have not finished indexing and it is incomplete. Sometimes this is indicated at the bottom of the collection under: Source information. If you find no indication either way, assume the collection is complete.)
       v. URL: Copy the URL and paste it in the field