Volunteering To Be
A State or County Administrator
What are my responsibilities as a State or County
First and foremost,
you need to have some knowledge of html and be able to
create and upload web pages, either through your own html or
a software package, such as Front Page, Dreamweaver, etc.
STATE ADMINISTRATOR DUTIES:
1. The ability to work well with the public and answer
general questions about the State. We don't expect you to do
research for people, but, you should have a general
knowledge of where researchers might look for information
they may need, such as the library, newspapers on microfilm,
county building, genealogical and historical societies, etc.
The ability to work well with the County Administrators.
2. Being the general overseer of the State pages.
Maintaining them and seeing that they are up to date.
Providing your State logo at the *top* of your main page, as
well as links to all your county pages.
3. Recruiting County Administrators for your State.
4. Assisting County Administrators in getting a place to
house their county pages, and offering any needed
assistance, so that they will feel comfortable in what they
5. Visiting the county pages to make sure that they are up
to date and broken links taken care of. Since we want our
patrons to come back, we need to try and keep things as up
to date as possible.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR DUTIES:
1. Try to provide a County History to give your visitors a
little background on your County.
2. Providing raw data to the website. This can be in many
forms: Cemeteries, Census, Vital Records, Biographies, Maps,
Photographs, Churches, Obituaries, News Articles. As a
researcher, you know what you like to see on a genealogy web
site, so generally other people will want to see the same
thing. This can come in the form of what you can provide, as
well as adding what others send to you. Make sure you
provide the name and email of the contributor on the page
unless requested to do otherwise.
3. You must provide a link to the main State Page and a
Trails to the Past logo at the top of your main page.
Last, but not least, if you are interested in either being a State
or County Administrator, contact
me and I will assist you in obtaining free web space.
What if I am Unable to adopt a County, but would like
There are many other
ways in which to help, such as sharing some of your research
or typing for the County Administrator. Contact the County
Administrator or the State Administrator, if the county
isn't hosted, to find out what help is needed.