The information below is no longer applicable as of 21 June 2001. Rootsweb has "upgraded" to a new 'consolidated' message system and it seems that we no longer have 7 separate boards, or control over the material being posted. I am attempting to monitor the many complaints posted by other county coordinators, and responses from Rootsweb. I have asked for detailed instructions that I can post here, but until I get some, anyone wanting to post data will have to "play it by ear". The same is true for looking for data.
Please be patient while Rootsweb gets their shop in order.
The Erie County (PA) Genealogy site is using a query system from GenConnect, along with similar non-query document boards. This is a series of boards based on a standardized format that has been developed by Rootsweb and is in use by many USGenWeb sites.
A word about the GenConnect Board system. A very good description of GenConnect is at http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/HINTS/whatis.html#what the first paragraph of which is quoted here: "GenConnect is an automated query management and document archiving system. At present there are boards for posting Queries, Bible Records, Biographies, Deeds, Obituaries, Pensions, and Wills. The boards are designed to allow researchers to freely share information with others and post questions about their own "dead end" or "brick wall" ancestors."
Two distinct advantages of the GenConnect Query Board, and the six GenConnect document boards are universal searchability and user self posting. Universal searchability means that anyone around the globe can search a surname and if it is on any GenConnect board, not just in our county, then the item will be found. User self posting means that Bible Records, Biographies, Deeds, Obituaries, Pensions and Wills concerning Erie County (PA) people can be posted to the web site via the appropriate board by any user. This allows the county coordinators to direct their efforts to other tasks within this genealogy web site.
In the event that you are new to genealogical research, a query is a question you would like to ask others who may also be searching for the same information. A query is often a more effective way of inquiring about your ancestors than merely posting your surnames. Queries allow you to provide important information regarding a variety of topics (e.g. birth, marriage, death places and dates, etc.). The document boards are not for queries, but are document repositories for Bible Records, Biographies, Deeds, Obituaries, Pensions and Wills.
This page was last updated on Friday, June 22, 2001.