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                                      ADVICE: HOW-TO...
                  Submit Your Data from Your Family Research or Data Transcriptions
                     for inclusion on the Cook County ILGenWeb Genealogy Website
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb
        by Cook County ILGenWeb Genealogy website Coordinator


* What TYPE of data can I submit?
* What about COPYRIGHT regulations?
* There are SO many places that I can submit data... where do I start?
* Will my data be SOLD?
* Where do I submit my data?



WHAT TYPES OF DATA CAN I SUBMIT?
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The Cook County ILGenWeb genealogy website accepts any data that you can provide
that relates to genealogy research for your Cook County family members or any Cook
County data that you have transcribed. Sources CANNOT be under copyright (example:
sources must be NAMED in your email and must be at least 75 yeas old).


SUBMIT COOK COUNTY GENEALOGY LINKS:
If you want to submit LINKS of your favorite Genealogy resources, please check the
"RESEARCH & LINKS" page on our website and select the "SUBMIT YOUR LINKS" category.  
All non-commercial genealogy links are acceptable.  If the link you submit is not 
acceptable, we will email you to let you know why.


SUBMIT COOK COUNTY GENEALOGY DATA:
Currently, we use GenConnect so you can enter your own data for:
 * BIOGRAPHIES,
 * FAMILY BIBLE RECORDS,
 * DEEDS (PROPERTY) RECORDS,
 * OBITUARIES,
 * QUERIES,
 * PENSION RECORDS, and
 * WILLS or PROBATE FILES
You can find links to these data entry boards under the appropriate category on our
"USER SUBMITTED DATA" page on our website.

We also accept DATA by email.  Some of the types of data that have been submitted 
and accepted in the past include:
 * data from BIRTH CERTIFICATES,
 * data from BIRTH / DELAYED BIRTH announcements or indexes,
 * data from BIOGRAPHY indexes,
 * data from CEMETERY BURIAL records,
 * data from CENSUS or SOUNDEX records or indexes,
 * data from CHURCH records,
 * data from CITY DIRECTORY records,
 * data from CITY HISTORY records,
 * data from CONFIRMATION records,
 * data from COURT records,
 * data from DEATH CERTIFICATES,
 * data from DEATH or BURIAL or CORONER notices or indexes,
 * data from FUNERAL HOME records,
 * data from HOSPITAL or MEDICAL records,
 * data from IMMIGRATION records,
 * data from LAND or PROPERTY records,
 * data from MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES,
 * data from MARRIAGE applications, announcements, licenses, or indexes,
 * data from MILITARY records,
 * data from NATURALIZATION papers,
 * data from NEWSPAPER clippings, (out of copyright: at least 75 years old)
 * data from PROPERTY DEEDS,
 * data from ORGANIZATION / MEMBERSHIP records,
 * data from SCHOOL records,
 * data from SS5 (Social Security Application) records,
 * data from VOTER REGISTRATION records,
 * LOOKUP VOLUNTEER OFFERS, 
 * any other types of data relating to Cook County genealogy research...

Please, do not submit queries or requests for assistance with finding info on your
family members.  For more info on QUERIES, return to the RESEARCH page and select
the QUERIES category.

If you need research assistance, read our EMAIL page on our website for instruction
on how to request help.



WHAT ABOUT COPYRIGHT REGULATIONS?
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As most family researchers are aware, copyright issues can be a "thorn in the side"
of the genealogy world.  It is our understanding that according to current copyright
law interpretion, FACTS cannot be held under copyright, therefore, only the
PRESENTATION of those FACTS are under copyright.  Even if a resource that you are
using (with the exception of PUBLIC DOCUMENTS: birth certificates, marriage licenses,
etc) does not display copyright information, the author/publisher may still exert
copyright infringement rights, and the copyright protection will probably hold
up in court as a "copyright infringement".

If you are submitting info that is under copyright (less than 75 years old), please
only include the FACTS pertinent to your submission.  If unsure, submit your data,
including the copyright and publishing info to us, and we will re-word it for you.

If you are submitting data from a public document (birth, death, burial, marriage
certificates or cards, etc) copyright laws to not apply and you can submit the
data as shown on the document.


THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES THAT I CAN SUBMIT DATA... WHERE DO I START?
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If the data that you want to submit deals with Cook County ILLINOIS Genealogy, then
the best place to start is here!



WILL MY DATA BE SOLD?
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Any data submitted to any USGenWeb (web)site remains the property of the SUBMITTER
(this only applies to USGenWeb and NOT RootsWeb).  As such, all volunteers supporting
any USGenWeb website have agreed that no data will be transferred, for fee or free,
to any other non-profit, commercial, or private organization, website, or entity.

According to the ByLaws of the USGenWeb project,
"The purpose of this organization shall be to gather genealogical and historical
information for free online access by researchers."



HOW DO I SUBMIT DATA?
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After reading all of the info on this page, please provide your data in an email or
by submitting it yourself on one of GenConnect pages (see above).

Data can be sent within an email or as an attachment.  You can send attachments
from any Windows software.  If you don't use a Windows-based computer, contact the
Cook County Coordinator first and ask about the ability to do file conversions from
the software that you are going to use.  WebTV useres can send data in the email 
since WebTV does not allow sending of emails with attachments.

For examples of what types of data to send, review some of the entries that can be
found from the links on the "User Submitted Data" page of this website.  These
examples can also give you an idea of the format to use for creating the data. But
don't worry too much about the format, we can re-format anything you send us.

For those sending data transcribed from a non-public source document, please 
include the TITLE, AUTHOR, and ORIGINAL COPYRIGHT DATE of the publication.

For information on how to email the coordinators, please read the instructions on
the EMAIL page of this website.  NOTE: a quick way to get to the EMAIL page is to
click on the link "County Coordinators" on the "This PAGE was last updated:" line
at the bottom of any page on our website.




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and must contact the listed Cook County ILGenWeb Coordinator(s)
with proof of this consent.
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