HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

One thing INGenWeb volunteers have in common is a desire share valuable genealogical and historical information with others. Being an INGenWeb volunteer may be done at several different levels.

County Coordinators.     The county coordinator is the foundation of the INGenWeb.

County Coordinators (CC) manage & maintain the county web sites. CCs come from different backgrounds. They are men and women from young to older and can live anywhere there is access to the internet. The only prerequisites are having a sincere interest in the genealogy of the county they coordinate, and the ability to use HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to maintain a website. Additionally, they provide basic assistance to researchers, locate & transcribe data, and format data submitted by other contributors.

Learning website maintainence is easier than it may appear to be. Current INGenWeb volunteers who are willing to help new coordinators with questions and suggestions subscribe to INDYTALK-L@rootsweb.com. It is recommended that new CCs join this list. Listed here are some links to help you learn HTML

Full Web Building Tutorials - All Free

HTML Goodies

HTML Code Tutorial

So, you want to make a web page!

HTML Editors for fun and profit!

RGB to Color Name Mapping (Triplet and Hex)

Dave's HTML Code Guide

Smart FTP

WS_FTP

BlazeFTP

FileZilla

Cute FTP

The county page requirements for the INGenWeb Project are listed at The Indiana Guidelines and Procedures.

Lookup Volunteer.  Lookup volunteers offer to do lookups via e-mail in genealogical resources that they own or have access to. Every county coordinator is searching for volunteers to help researchers with simple lookup requests. If you have access to cemetery records, county and town histories, marriage information, or any other genealogically useful data, then contact the appropriate county coordinator and tell him or her you'd like to be a lookup volunteer for their county website.

Contributor.  Contributors transcribe and submit information & data that can be published on one of the county websites. Contributions can be as simple as posting a surname you are researching or making a query. Contributors also share information by gathering information, such as tombstone readings, obituaries, sharing historic photographs and transcribing data that is then published on the county website by the county coordinator.

QUESTIONS?

Are you still uncertain about being an INGenWeb volunteer? Do you have more questions? Contact Denise Wells, your State Coordinator.

If you would like to volunteer to assist on an existing County project, please contact the County Coordinator listed at the respective county page.

Are you ready to become a volunteer?

Some things I would like you to include - 

  • Your name
  • what county(ies) you would like to volunteer for
  • Transcription
  • Look-up Volunteer
  • Project Coordinator/Assistant PC
  • County Coordinator/Assistant CC
  • Briefly explain why you would be a good volunteer.
  • Do you have experience in web site creation and administration (HTML, FTP, forms, scripts, etc)?

Thanks for your interest in the INGenWeb Project!