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There are TWO places in which you may submit your information... Rootsweb Message Boards or ARCHIVES . The instructions below are guidelines for submissions to either site. What are the differences? Basically, the only differences are WHERE the information is housed and HOW it is submitted. Also, queries at NOT permitted in the Archives which is strictly for data gathering. Both systems do have a searchable index. PLEASE be aware that under the NEW system, posting at Rootsweb Message Boards also is searchable at Ancestory.com and MyFamily.com (commercial sites).

You may use the new and automated system to facilitate your research efforts and to directly post your information. However, automation is only as good as the contributors, so if you are sitting on a wealth of information, and wish to submit it, please read the entire contents of this page before going to the Rootsweb Message Boards. If you are concerned that others will take credit for your work, be assured that all your contributions will remain yours, with your name and email. If you submit by mail and prefer that method, then your mailing address can be included, but only AT YOUR REQUEST!

If you desire to submit data or information, please try to follow the below list of rules. There aren't many, but if you don't follow them, then the editor pulls his or her hair out, trying to make them conform, so the search engines will work properly, to YOUR advantage.

(1) The first line should always provide the contributor and email: Example: Marcia Ann Kuehl

(2) The second line should always provide the source and date. If it is unknown, then put unknown; if the date is approximate, then make sure you note that as well: Examples: St Point Daily Journal: May 5, 1954 Unknown, perhaps Marshfield Daily Herald, May 1960?

(3) The third line should be a list of all the surnames in the article which are related to the individual. Put them in all CAPITALS and alphabetized. (This helps the search engine find them.) Example: DesBOUILLON LeBREAUX KUEHL PORTER SCHULTZ

(3) The fourth line should be the Title (If none, you might elect to give it one for ease of identification): Examples: Former Portage County Resident Dies Obit for Charles Philip DesBOUILLON

(4) Type the submission into your regular email. Attachments are the last resort, and should be saved as a text file! On the subject line, especially in obits, number them, so the editor can track them as he or she enters them. This avoids duplication or inadvertantly deleting an entry without posting it. If you are mailing in newspaper clippings, or xeroxed copies, make sure to add the source and date on each!

a) If you have wrap-around, use that instead of hitting the enter / return key at the end of each line. This causes unnatural page breaks and causes the editor to reformat the entire article.

b) Capitalize all surnames, even the unrelated ones.

c) Use the standard abbreviations, regardless of what your article might use. For states, that is the standard two capital letters (WI, MI, MN). Also, it is OK to abbreviate, such as St Point, Co (County), Twnp (Township), St (Street), Ave (Avenue), Blvd (Boulavard), Bldg (Building): don't use periods after them. This saves space in on the computers...

(5) If you wish to submit a self-written article on the history of your family, a town, or business, that is OK, and will be put with the Biographies. The point is, it does not have to be published to be entered. However, the sources would have to be included, so other researchers know how much weight to put into the submission.

Example: In speaking with my grandfather, Charles Philip DesBOUILLON, back when I was a small child, he told me about his family which lived in Portage Co, WI. There was ..........

(6) The last two lines should contain the title of your web page, or a related web page and URL. This points others to more information. Example: Marcia Ann Kuehl's Genealogical Resource Site http://www.rootsweb.com/~wiwood/MAK-roots/g-master.htm

If you do NOT want to submit to the Rootsweb Message Board, but perfer to have your information in the ARCHIVES , then just send your submission in the body of an email or in a TEXT file, or in a Word Document, or in an Excel file. Please indicate which when sending as an attachment. For the email address, click on the Contact MAK to the left.

If you prefer to mail your submissions, send to:

M A KUEHL
P O Box 7326
Capistrano Beach, CA
92624-7326

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