GENUKI Maintainers' Pages

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Developing Parish Pages

In the same way that county pages provide information on a particular county, parish pages give information on particular parishes, for example Blackburn and Fleetwood parish pages. Notice the way in which both pages contain links to other pages: Blackburn to an index of census records, and Fleetwood to the local studies holdings.

A nice touch in both cases is a short excerpt from an old gazetteer (this is also used on the relevant county pages). If you want to quote material on your pages then make sure that either the copyright has lapsed or that you have permission from the copyright holder. Ideally the quotation will be from the 18th or 19th century, so copyright should not be a problem. For further guidance on this subject, please see help and advice on copyright.

Parishes are an obvious area for splitting the task among many people and it is well worth bearing this in mind, whether you have a complete set of parish pages already up and running, just a few, or even none at all. Think about how others could help you with this.

Consider what information to include within a town or parish page by going through the list of standard subject headings adopted by GENUKI from the Family History Library. For each subject heading, look for links to information elsewhere, citations of relevant books or articles, etc. Of particular relevance to a parish or town will be:

In addition to county and parish pages there are lots of topic pages within GENUKI. These are used when the information on a particular topic is quite lengthy and allow further information to be given about this without compromising the compact nature of a county or parish page (topic pages are also used at higher levels, e.g. national and above, to expand on subjects there). Topic pages should normally be held within the folder hierarchy at the level appropriate to their contents, e.g., an account of a particular parish in that parish's folder.

Examples of topic pages include:

The list here really could go on and on and this is another area, as with parishes, where more volunteers can step in to help, sharing specialist knowledge on particular topics of interest to genealogists. Such topic pages can be held on the other person's website (within a GENUKI compatible hierarchy) or could be incorporated within another website holding pages for the area.

Generally speaking, the bulk of the work in creating the parish pages is taken up in research, finding material to put on the pages. Producing the HTML probably takes a fraction of that time.

Good ways of coming up with ideas for the content of the pages are:

  1. Look at existing pages for other counties and see what other people have done and what sort of information they have decided to include.
  2. Read through the list of headings and see how many ideas this triggers!
  3. Search for the county and/or parishes in library catalogues. This can also be a good way of gathering full bibliographic references for books you want to mention on your pages.
  4. Search for county and/or parishes in Internet search engines, e.g. Google, Bing, or Hotbot

To get you thinking a bit more about the possible content of your pages, all of the following categories of information could appear on county or parish pages, or in more detail on a topic page:

The list could go on and on, but hopefully this will be enough to get the ideas rolling.

As a final tip, try not to make your pages too big (this applies to any pictures as well). A page should rarely be more than 30K long, otherwise it may be difficult for some people to download.

[Last updated at 07.11 on Tuesday, 15 July 2014, by Mel Lockie. 2014]
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