A volunteer is being sought to take over the position of Alberta GenWeb Co-Ordinator (this website!)
A GenWeb Coordinator, aka GenWeb host, is an enthusiastic volunteer willing to maintain a website dedicated to a province, territory or specific area of a province or territory.
This position requires:
- Familiarity with area, including what genealogical resources are available and where they can be found (locally, internationally, online & off)
- Genealogy experience (personal experience is fine!)
- The ability to create & maintain a website (free webspace is available)
- The ability to upload the website via FTP
- The ability to receive & respond to e-mail within 7 days of receipt (not counting holidays or vacations)
A provincial co-ordinator is also in charge of:
- Recruiting and managing regional volunteers (A regional volunteer is someone who hosts a website dedicated to a specific county or municipality within the province)
- Maintaining regular contact with all regional volunteers and the CanadaGenWeb coordinator.
AlbertaGenWeb Website RequirementsRules, Guidelines & Responsibilities
The following are required to appear on the AlbertaGenWeb website:
- Website must be maintained and updated *at least* once every six months to maintain currency.
- Coordinators are expected to check in with the CanadaGenWeb coordinator at least once every six months.
- Coordinators are expected to answer any e-mail that is sent through their GenWeb site within a reasonable time period. If you are going to be unable to fulfill your hosting duties for an extended period of time (ie. a month or more) please notify the CanadaGenWeb co-ordinator so alternate arrangements can be made.
- Be courteous and respectful when answering mail. Co-ordinators are not just representing themselves and their county/district, they're also a representative of Alberta, Canada, and the World GenWebs
- Co-ordinators are *not* expected to do any research for any inquirers from their GenWeb page. GenWeb is not a research service, but a helping hand guiding researchers to the records they need for research. We help visitors help themselves by providing the suggestions & advice they need. This does not mean you can’t conduct research for someone, only that you are not expected to do so.
- GenWeb pages *cannot* be used to solicit clients and/or money. GenWeb pages are created for visitors, to help them in their family tree quest for free. If you offer products or services for sale they CANNOT be promoted on your GenWeb site. You may provide an unobstrusive link to that page from your GenWeb page, but that's it (this link must not be made any more prominent than any other links on your site). GenWeb host status cannot be used to sell products and services. The Coordinator/Host title is only acceptable when working on behalf of the CanadaGenWeb in a free and voluntary manner.
- Religious, political or otherwise 'personal' notations should be left for a personal web site, not a GenWeb site.
- Advertising banners cannot be used on Rootsweb hosted websites unless they are Ancestry approved (Ancestry owns Rootsweb). Advertisements on non-Rootsweb websites are permitted if they are a requirement of the ISP (ie. ads in exchange for webspace) BUT must be kept to a minimum.
- Linking to commercial or 'for fee' sites is permitted only if it benefits your visitors, but we ask that the link be clearly labeled. This can be done several ways. A notation such as *This/These sites may offer paid services and is not financially associated with this web site nor the CanadaGenWeb Project* works well.
- Please keep the links on a GenWeb site as relevant to the area as possible (ie. Alberta-related links for the Alberta GenWeb site), or have area-specific links ahead of links that cover non-area websites.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time does hosting a site take?
It depends on you. How much time are you willing to put into hosting a site? It's the quality of what you do, not necessarily the quantity, but it is appreciated if you could ensure that your site stays current. The goal of CanadaGenWeb is to provide as much free genealogy information as possible.
The more info you can add, the more you are needed!
What type of information do you expect coordinators to provide?
Primarily what's available in their chosen area. Let visitors know what genealogy resources they should use to research their Alberta ancestors; what resources are 'special' to Alberta; where in Alberta these resources can be found; and most importantly where outside of Alberta these resources can be found. Most AlbertaGenWeb visitors are not even located within Canada, let alone Alberta.
What do I do if I become a coordinator and want to resign?
E-Mail the CanadaGenWeb coordinator and state your intention to resign. We will go over the options at that time. Please do NOT just abandon the site and do NOT turn it over to another volunteer without e-mailing the CanadaGenWeb coordinator first!
For additional information please see CanadaGenWeb’s Information for Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering your services as a coordinator, please fill out the following form: