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Creating Your GenWeb Site

Creating a Genealogy Web EBookYou can create your own design or you can get a jump start by using a template. There are a number of templates on the web. Below are two listings for free templates to get you started.

Genealogy Web Creations - Website design for the genealogist, created by Pat Geary (ILGenWeb). This one has templates as well as tutorials you can use.

Genealogy Web Templates by Templates in Time- Website designs for the genealogist and county coordinators, created by Marsha Bryant (Vanderburgh & Warrick County, IN CC; Kemper & Neshoba, MS CC; Bibb, AL CC and LAGenWeb). Free Genealogy Web Template (below) as well as other designs.

Free Genealogy TemplateThis template is Free and is Set up as described below.

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Click on the link below to download the zip file.

Expression Web or Dreamweaver Genealogy Template
Generic Genealogy Template

 

Here are some sites where the free template is used: Cotton County, OKGenWeb, St. James Parish LAGenWeb, Caddo Parish LAGenWeb & Bossier Parish LAGenWeb

If you are starting from "scratch," you'll need to check out this page for required items and this page for the logo.

Below are some topics you might consider using As pages in your web:

Home - Contains your county's information: County Established, Search Engine, Surrounding Counties

Cemeteries - Contains your county's cemeteries. You can get the names from the GNIS.

Go to the USGS page and click on "Search Domestic Names" and then add the state & county, then select the "Feature Class" of Cemetery. At the bottom of the results page is a statement that reads, "View & Print All." Click on it and you will see a page that has all of the cemeteries listed that you can copy! It will not automatically print.

I paste my copy in Excel (you could use Word) and then delete all of the columns that I do not want. After that, I copy the column(s) that I want and paste them into "Notepad." Notepad removes all formatting. Copy the selection from notepad and paste it into this section. That's it!

Now you have all of the cemeteries in the county! All you have to do is get the list of "occupants." (That's the hard part!)

First Families - This First Families section is for ancestors that lived in your County prior to 1900 (or you choose the date). Let people send you information on their ancestors for placement on the web. I usually don't take any information on people born after 1920.

Military - To find out which Civil War Regiments came from your county, go here: US Civil War Regiments and type in your county name & state. This site is amazing!

Research Resources - This is the place you would add links to great places to search, books, important addresses, lookup volunteers, etc.

Surnames - Listing submitted surnames is helpful for visitors to your site. They may be able to find others searching their surname.

Towns & Cities - This is a list of the populated areas listed in the USGS for your county as well as some additional information about those areas. You can also find schools and post offices here.

To find the populated areas on this page , go to the USGS page and click on "Search Domestic Names" and then add the state & county, then select the "Feature Class" of Populated Areas. At the bottom of the results page is a statement that reads, "View & Print All." Click on it and you will see a page that has all of the populated areas listed that you can copy! It will not automatically print. (It will also list mobile home parks, so you'll have to edit the list.)

I paste my copy in Excel (you could use Word) and then delete all of the columns that I do not want. After that, I copy the column(s) that I want and paste them into "Notepad." Notepad removes all formatting. Copy the selection from notepad and paste it into this section. That's it!

Now you have all of the populated areas in the county!

Vital Records - Births, Deaths, Marriages

Of course, these are only suggestions. You may add what you like to your web, but don't forget to add the required elements.

Submitted by Marsha Bryant


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