mailto:link on each page, but this has a number of disadvantages.
County developers may not have the ability to run cgi scripts on their own servers, or may not have the expertise to write them, and so we have a common one that can be tailored to the needs of individual counties. It uses information stored in a database that is also used by the Spider program, and others that require county information. The database is keyed by Chapman code, and contains items such as the name of the county maintainer, their email address and the county URL.
LANin this example, and the second the place name (
Lytham). If there is a space in the place name, use the usual technique of replacing it with
When the script runs it builds a standard page header with an up icon for the county given by the Chapman code, it then gets a skeleton for the text part of the page, and at the end displays a form for actually entering comments and sending them. When the send button is pressed, an email is sent to the page maintainer, and a final 'Thank you for commenting' page is displayed.
Help.txtstored in the top level directory of the county involved. This is read via the WWW by the cgi script. If the file isn't found a common skeleton (in the top level dir at www.genuki.org) is used. Here as an example is the Lancs skeleton used in the example link above.
|Help with Family History problems.||Surname information.|
|Contribute information.||Report problems.|
Help with Family History problemsSo you are having problems researching your family history. This is something that we all suffer from, and one of the best ways of getting help is to join a Family History Society. As Lancashire was a large and populous county, there are a number of societies each covering different parts of the county.
If you want an answer quickly, then ask it on an e-mail list such as LANCSGEN, a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the county of Lancashire, England.
Please don't ask for personal advice from the Lancashire WWW page maintainer, as frequently he does not have the local knowledge that you require, or the time to provide such a service.
Help with surnamesThe first place you should look if you are interested in a particular surname, is the Guild of One Name Studies. The GOONS members collect and research information about all occurrences of the particular surname they are researching.
The other source of place to look is the surname lists that individuals maintain for particular locations. Have a look at the Lancashire surname lists
Contributing informationYou may wish to contribute some information about $PLACE, or elsewhere in Lancashire. If you want to supply information about your own family, or a link to your family web page, then I'm sorry but you're out of luck. We are trying to provide information that will interest most users, and that would tend to be swamped by personal information. Links to personal pages are also a maintenance nightmare, as experience has shown that they change URL's or disappear quite frequently. I suggest you use the surname lists for this purpose.
Now if that hasn't put you off, it is quite likely that you may know some basic facts that will be of use to other people. For example look at a page with plenty of information, Lytham. That's bound to give you some ideas of what can be provided. In particular I need to know the basic items, which frequently need a bit of local knowledge.
- Which is the local library which holds the local studies information for $PLACE?
- Which local Register Office holds the records for $PLACE?
- What are the GRO piece numbers and LDS film numbers for the censuses?
- Are there any census indexes, apart from 1881, and who publishes them? If they exist but aren't published, where do you find them?
- Is there a local history or other society that may have relevant information?
- Have any books been published about $PLACE?
- Then there are details of what useful records exist, have they been published etc.
So if you know any of this information, and it's not currently on the $PLACE page, then do let us know on the form at the bottom of the page. If the appropriate town/parish page hasn't appeared yet, then please be patient and wait till it is.
Reporting problemsIf you have found a problem on the $PLACE page, or on any other Lancashire page, then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it.
The skeleton is html code, but not a complete WWW page, as the headers and trailers are written by the cgi script. The following strings are replaced in the skeleton when the web page is built by the script:
If you want your email address to appear on the page, then it should appear in the skeleton, but not as a hot link, as users will use it, and you won't get the additional information in the email that the cgi scripts adds at the front of the email. If the email address doesn't appear on the page, then there is no way it can be obtained by mail harvesting programs to generate junk email.
The additional information sent in the email is the place name given on the calling URL, the URL of the page that contains the link, the hostname on which the browser is running, and the name of the browser being used.