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COUNTY COORDINATOR & VOLUNTEER INFORMATION



WELCOME
 
to The CTGenWeb Project, a proud member of The USGenWeb Project since 1996!

We are an all-volunteer organization, and we welcome your participation in this project! 
You may help in a number of ways, including submitting cemetery or document transcriptions, old photographs, biographies, obituaries, wills, deeds  etc, to share with fellow genealogists.  Please contact the appropriate County Coordinator to get started!

Contact the State Coordinator if you are considering serving as a County Coordinator.  You will be provided space for your site on the CTGenWeb domain.  You should have some basic knowledge of web page construction and uploading.  There are many simple and free composers available, as well as free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) applicationsWe will help in any way we can.

You should maintain up to date anti-virus software on your computer to protect the CTGenWeb network and visitors to your site. By the same token, having current anti-virus software may protect your computer from an infected file from a contributor.

Joining the USGenWeb Project as a Town or County Coordinator requires commitment.  If you are not ready to maintain and further develop a county site, you may partner with the County Coordinator in making contributions, and you will get credit on the site. If you are interested in a particular town or county, and it is not available at this time, please consider putting your name on the waiting list. Circumstances change, and a town or county site may be available tomorrow! Contact the State Coordinator to adopt an available county, or contact a County Coordinator to explore ways in which you may participate.  It doesn't have to be a massive project to have value. A single obituary transcription has value. 


USGenWeb Project members are required to join the state mailing list for  announcements, discussions, and membership roll calls.  This requirement is not applicable to contributors of data, but only to County Coordinators and Local (Town) Coordinators.


You will find USGenWeb Project information for volunteers on this page:
http://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/index.shtml


On this page, you'll find Web Site requirements for State Coordinators, County Coordinators, and Local/Town Coordinators.  http://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/guidelines.shtml . 

You will find other recommended elements on this page, but please note the REQUIRED elements for all State, County, and Town/Local USGenWeb sites.  

The name of the project should be The USGenWeb Project (note upper and lower case with no spaces),  The CTGenWeb Project, or County Name CTGenWeb , for instance, New London County CTGenWeb.

Your main page must include in a prominent location (Top of page is preferred) a USGenWeb Logo, & the CTGenWeb Logo.  The  name and contact information for the State, County, or Local Coordinator must be displayed on the page.  If you are concerned about spam, you may create and link to a .gif or .jpg file showing your email address, or type your email address in plain text without a hyperlink. You must link back to the County site if you are a Town Coordinator, to the State site if you are a County Coordinator, and to The USGenWeb Project

Again, these are REQUIREMENTS for all State, County, and Local (Town) Coordinators in the USGenWeb Project.  Your site must link back to the CTGenWeb and the USGenWeb.


All contributions shall remain with the CTGenWeb Project.
County and Town Coordinators may copy their own transcriptions to a personal genealogy site, but may not remove data from the CTGenWeb site.  Any contributions from researchers, contributors, and County and Town Coordinators are permanentNo County Coordinator should host more than two county sites, unless  a County Coordinator has resigned, and the State Coordinator, or Assistant State Coordinator, has requested a volunteer to host the site until a new County Coordinator is found.





REQUIRED LOGOS

REQUIRED USGenWeb LOGO

Choose ONE of the approved USGenWeb logos to be displayed in a prominent location
on your main page(s), preferably at the top of the page. The logos may not be altered, but may be used in a banner. Right click to save the image to your folder.

Visit this page for additional sizes and specifications:
http://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/logos.shtml

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You may use any of these approved logos on your town and county sites.

USGenWeb Logo
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USGenWeb Logo

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USGenWeb Logo

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USGenWeb Logo Large
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REQUIRED CTGenWeb LOGO 

to be displayed on your main page(s) in a prominent location, preferably at the top of the page.

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USGenWeb 20th Anniversary Logos 
(You may use one of these special logos. If used, these logos must be removed  July 2017)

USGenWeb 20th Aniversary
You may use any of these anniversary logos in place of a regular USGenWeb logo until July 2017.
USGenWeb 20th Anniversary Logo
You may use any of these anniversary logos in place of a regular USGenWeb logo until July 2017. USGenWeb 20th Anniversary Logo

Volunteer Contributions
The Door is Open to Your Contributions!


If you have access to information that is not copyrighted (or you have written permission to reprint copyrighted material), please send your contribution in PLAIN TEXT.   The quickest and easiest for us to copy, paste, and reformat on an .html page is NOTEPAD, WordPad, or its equivalent, with no indentations, headings, bold print, or tables.  Please contact the County Coordinator to discuss his or her preference.  

MS Word codes interfere with .HTML coding.  Please check with the County Coordinator before sending a document in Word or Excel. Generally, plain text is best.

The simpler, the better.  This is just one example of a plain text document at the USGenWeb Archives: http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/dupage/cemeteries/littlewd.txt
.  If your original transcription is in Microsoft Word, it would be a big help, and speed things up considerably, if you convert your document to Notepad. You'll find excellent instructions on THIS SITE at SMB Creative Group's Help Desk. 

NAME YOUR FILE

Please name your file something short and specific, with no spaces, commas, or punctuation.  You may use upper or lower case, and may insert a break between words with an underscore, such as John_Jones.txt.

IF YOU INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPH

If you are including a photograph, please do not embed it in the document.  Send it as a separate .jpg or .gif file.  Please name the file with no spaces or commas.  It may be something like johnjones.jpg or john_jones.jpg (with an underscore - not a dash), or JohnJones.jpg. 

In considering what items would be appropriate, please remember that the primary goal is to enhance the Genealogist's or Historian's experience on this site.  Ask yourself the following questions:

(1) IS THIS GENEALOGY OR IS IT NOSTALGIA?  We all love nostalgiaIf a photograph contains images of people still living, it may be nostalgia rather than genealogyPhotographs of living people should not be posted without written consent of the person or people in the photograph.

(2) WAS THIS BOOK, ARTICLE, OR PHOTOGRAPH published after 1923?  If it was published after 1923, is it copyrighted, and do I have written permission to republish?  Read more about Copyright.   Names and Dates cannot be copyrighted, but compilations and written histories and genealogies may be copyrighted.  Please name your source in your transcription of a published document.

(3) DOES THIS MATERIAL CONTAIN THE NAMES OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF LIVING PEOPLE,  and do I have written consent from those people to publish their names and/or photographs?  This may also go back to the first question:  Is this Genealogy, or is it nostalgia?



HOW YOU MAY HELP

1. As a Look Up Volunteer.  If you have Connecticut research materials, such as histories, census records, cemetery books, etc., you could offer to do look-ups for fellow researchers. 

2. Adopt a Topic.  It could be a community, African American history, Native American history, other ethnic or religious group, School or Church history, Industry of business history, historic site, or other.

3. History or Family Association Web Page.  If you have your own genealogy web page related to a Connecticut, we would be pleased to link it from the County site or the CTGenWeb link page. If you would like to copy some of your genealogical material to the CTGenWeb county site, please contact the County Coordinator.

4. Transcribe Cemetery Records.  Help us get free information on the internet by transcribing cemetery records.  This can be from the actual tombstone transcriptions or from church records.  Be sure to call the church in advance.  If you visit in person, please take a couple of landscape and older or more interesting tombstone photos.  If you have transcribed in an Excel spreadsheet, please keep in mind that the spreadsheet will be stripped of it's formatting.  Plain text is preferred for an easy transfer to an .html page.

5. Transcribe Old Newspaper Articles, Diaries, Letters, or Town Records.


6. Transcribe old Deeds, Wills, or  Obituaries

7. Contribute old Photographs or Vintage Postcards of Places, People, or Groups.

8. Contribute current photographs of historic buildings or sites.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS WELCOME!  A single transcribed obituary or old photograph may be the key to unlocking a family mystery.  No contribution is too small!

County Coordinators and volunteer contributors spend a lot of their personal time transcribing, uploading, and hosting.
This is  VOLUNTEERISM Whether your contribution is a single transcription, or you are hosting a county or town site,  a copy should remain with the CTGenWeb Project to benefit future researchers. 


If you have a particular interest in a county or town, and it is not available for adoption at this time, please consider adding your name to our "Wish List."  If the site becomes available, the State Coordinator will notify you!  The CTGenWeb will provide the web space for your county or town site.
 

You'll find the 2016 CTGenWeb Proposed Guidelines, Rules and Bylaws on THIS PAGE
The USGenWeb Project is a not-for profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to free access to genealogy on the Internet.  Each state, and almost every county, has its own web site.  In addition, the USGenWeb Project has special projects, such as the Tombstone Project, the Archives, Project, and the Census Project.  If you so desire, you may duplicate your contribution to one of those projects.




pointContact the State Coordinator