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Dormant since 29 February 2012. DiltsGD 20:10, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

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Wiki community members, and members of US/Canada Reference at the Family History Library worked to improve the New York related pages on the FamilySearch Wiki from September 2011 through January 2012 to help educate genealogists how to find ancestors who lived part of their lives in New York State.

Wayne County, New York farmhouse
Niagara Falls, New York.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

2011 26 Aug begin recruiting WikiProject New York members
7-10 Sep invite FGS Conference to join the WikiProject New York
21 Sep show and tell US/Canada Reference WikiProject New York plans
22 Sep initial Project NY Meeting to

  • approve overall agenda
  • select future meeting times
  • choose a project leader
  • approve a Wiki site for Project NY meeting agenda and minutes
  • approve a tentative Project NY schedule
  • approve or begin approving proposed project rules
  • approve or begin approving a proposed project model county style page
In subsequent meetings finish any business from above, and:
  • adopt the existing task list for modification, or create a proposed alternative task list
  • approve a project completion measuring tool (possibly modeled after the one for Illinois)

2012 31 Jan WikiProject ends

Participants[edit | edit source]

List of participants of FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject New York:

User Name Name Contact Info
BatsonDL Danielle Batson
Dianekay Diane Rogers
DiltsGD G. David Dilts
Dsammy David Samuelsen User:Dsammy
HardestyPN Patricia (Pat) N. Hardesty
HarrisonJB Jason Harrison User:HarrisonJB
Healeyje Joan Healey
hendricksonp Patsy Hendrickson
HillierLW Laurie Hillier
lembley Lise Embley
Lsgc Linda Carver User:lsgc
MarkhamMJ Marilyn Markham User:MarkhamMJ
McBridelw Lisa McBride
Murphynw Nathan Murphy User:Murphynw
Pipkincm Charlene Pipkin
TaylorBE Beth Taylor
Carolbmoss Carol Moss

We ask that each participant paste the following code on their user page:

{{User WikiProject New York}}

Overall Objectives[edit | edit source]

Improve or create New York related Wiki pages:

  • Top New York introductory page
  • Statewide topic pages
  • County pages
  • Repository pages
  • Migration pathway pages
  • NYC passenger arrival list search strategies page(s)
  • NYC big city research strategies page(s)

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Meeting Agendas[edit | edit source]

See Meeting Agendas.

Meeting Minutes[edit | edit source]

See Meeting Minutes.

Progress Chart & Graph[edit | edit source]

See New York Progress Chart and Graph

Framework[edit | edit source]

Proposed subject to community approval:
The following rules will be adopted by the WikiProject New York members until end of the project tentatively schedules for 31 January 2012.

1A. Project Goal: Concentrate on adding new content that teaches readers how to use well New York genealogical search strategies, records, or repositories.
1B. Benchmarks: Create content for New York Wiki pages with a balance of these four hierarchical factors in mind:

a. Genealogical Pedagogical Purpose. Be able to explain what the reader can do genealogically that they could not do before reading your words or seeing your images or tables.
b. Clarity. Make sure everyone understands your meaning and the pedagogical purpose of your words.
c. Brevity. Be succinct as possible without sacrificing pedagogical purpose or clarity.
d. Documentation. Footnote(s) revealing the source(s) of the content you are creating.

2. Vetted content. Before you add similar words to more than one New York Wiki page your words must be vetted and approved by any two other team members who are guided by rule #1 and agree with you on that way of presenting it.

3. Style. The first few days of the New York project we will agree on a model style, and create at least one example page of it. Team members must follow that style during the project. After that agreement NO style changes will be allowed for the remainder of the project (tentatively until 1 February 2012). No discussion of changing the style will be allowed. Style includes but is not limited to:

  • Words used in headers (anything that would appear in the table of contents if there were one) Match with FHL Catalog subject headings as much as possible.
  • Heading levels three, four or five; avoid one and two
  • order of presentation
  • Table of contents style or position (or lack of TOC)
  • image, table, or template positions or size; prefer sharp images relevant to the topic on the page
  • font
  • bold
  • italic for titles of published books
  • underline
  • indentation
  • bullets
  • numbering
  • citations in footnote style
Please use the full Chicago Manual of Style footnote style (modified):
- Author(s), followed by a comma
- Title (book titles in italics)
Publication data in parenthesis:
- Publication place, followed by a colon
- Publisher
- Year of publication
- comma, and the the page number(s) followed by a period
Access information:
- link to free online copy, if any. IF a free online copy is available no further access data needs to be added. IF NO free online edition is available, then add:
- WorldCat template: {{WorldCat|#####|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
- FHL template: {{FHL|####|item|disp=FHL Film ###; Fiche ###; Book ###}}.
- Brief annotation explaining the content, or why, or how a reader would want to use the source.
  • image, table, or template style
  • internal link style
  • external link style including brief annotation. Prefer http:// links over https:// links.
  • use, or lack of use of standard templates

4. Wording changes. Before changing the saved wording of another team member who followed these rules you must get their consent (except for obvious minor typos).

5. Links with purpose. The Wiki is not a links repository. It uses links to support the genealogical educational purpose of a page or section of a page. Show and explain links with an educational purpose in mind. Annotate each external link briefly but well enough for the reader to realize what they will be getting if they click that link.

6. Seek out local and unique genealogical search strategies, records, or repositories and explain them to readers.

7. Describe each edit in the Summary field before clicking the Save button.

8. Non-compliance will result in work being reverted, or changed to follow these rules.

Model New York County Style Page[edit | edit source]

See Albany County, New York.

Templates for WikiProject New York[edit | edit source]

We have decided to use templates for narrative text that will be used on multiple county, town, or other pages (such as Courthouse pages). This will allow changes to be made across all pages simultaneously. Check first to make sure that a template filling your need does not already exist by clicking on the category link listed below. If a template fitting your needs does not already exist, follow the steps below. If you wish to edit an existing template page, make sure to contact the team member(s) who created the original before making your changes.

To create a new narrative template for the pages of the NY WikiProject:

1. Create a new page with the following name: Template:NY[record type], for example, Template:NYCourts
2. Type the text for your template. Make sure that all concepts, sentence structure, and grammar are independent and can stand on their own if need be.
3. At the end, add the category by inserting the following phrase:

<noinclude>[[Category:Templates for NY pages]]</noinclude>

(If the category is added to the template without the <noinclude> , the category will also appear on all pages that use the template.)
4. Ask two other members of the New York WikiProject Team to review and approve the wording in your template.
5. Add the template to appropriate county pages by inserting the phrase {{[template page name]}}, for example, {{NYCourts}}.

To see a list of current existing narrative templates, see Category:Templates for NY pages.

How to Use the FHL Catalog Template[edit | edit source]

See FHL Catalog Entry Template

Common Reference Citations[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of commonly used references for our New York Wiki project.

There are different editions for the same books, so be sure to check the copyright date when using these forms. You will need to adjust the date and edition number if you have a different edition of the same book as well as Change the page number where you find the ppp. The WorldCat reference and the FHLC reference are specific to that edition of the book as well and will need to be adjusted if you use a different edition than the one stated here.

These references are made for you to copy and paste - inserting your page number.

The list at the bottom shows how each footnote citation will appear in the Wiki.


<ref name="crth">Elizabeth Petty Bentley, ''County Courthouse Book'', 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), ppp. {{WorldCat|328595204|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1651099|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D24bena 2009}}.</ref>


<ref name="addr">Elizabeth Petty Bentley, ''Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations'', 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), ppp. {{WorldCat|317917451|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1619813|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009}}.</ref>

2002 HANDYBOOK:[3]

<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), ppp. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>

2006 HANDYBOOK:[4]

<ref name="hbg6">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 11th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 2006), ppp. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1362899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2006; CD no. 3745}}.</ref>

2004 REDBOOK:[5]

<ref name="rdb4">Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), ppp. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref>

1992 REDBOOK:[6]

<ref name="rdb2">Alice Eichholz and William Dollarhide, ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 1992), ppp. [ Ancestry digital copy ($)]; {{WorldCat|24372922|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|611946|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992}}.</ref>

2006 THE SOURCE:[7]

<ref name="src">Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, ''The Source: a Guidebook of American Genealogy'', 3rd rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2006), ppp. {{WorldCat|191215197|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1211475|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27ts 2006}}.</ref>


  1. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, County Courthouse Book, 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24bena 2009.
  2. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 11th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 2006), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2006; CD no. 3745.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. Alice Eichholz and William Dollarhide, Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 1992), ppp. Ancestry digital copy ($); At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992.
  7. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Source: a Guidebook of American Genealogy, 3rd rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2006), ppp. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts 2006.


The older portion of this page[edit | edit source]

Welcome[edit | edit source]

Welcome to the New York WikiProject! We welcome contributors here. We are focusing on the county pages for the 62 current counties of New York. We have built a foundation for a county page, with record type headings.

We are in process of adding town (city) pages. Some of larger cities and towns now have their own Wiki page. We will be adding information about records specific to those towns and cities, as well as cross-linking to larger cities and towns and to the counties where additional records for the residents of those localities may be found.

In a few cases, we will add pages for towns of historical interest which may no longer exist (ghost towns). For the most part, that is a future part of the project, but you are free to add information you may know about such localities and their records.

We invite you to add whatever you know about the records of the county or counties and/or the towns or cities in which you are interested. Working together, we can all benefit from the knowledge of community members on the Wiki.

If you have questions, or need some guidance on what to add or how to do so, feel free to contact the project leader or other team members.

W. David Samuelsen, moderator

The Tasks[edit | edit source]

The tasks as of 17 October 2011:

  1. Correct the subject headings: In progress
  2. Census info link - completed
  3. Search for potential duplicate pages already existing.
  4. Fix attributions/sources to Chicago manual of style.
  5. Locate county courthouse address. Will be absorbed into Infoboxes, time permitted. - In progress.
  6. Courthouse pages created - in progress
  7. Create and install Muncipalities/Communities templates for each county. - complted 17 Oct 2011
  8. NYGenWeb in progress
  9. NYGenWeb Archives in progress
  10. Rootsweb Not started
  11. My New York Genealogy Not started
  12. Cyndi's List (Scroll down or search for county name on the page) Not Started
  13. (Need US subscription) Must add this style Ancestry ($)
  14. US Gen Net (Only some counties, also many regionial societies)
  15. D' Not started
  16. Find a Grave Cemetery Map by County Not used at county level. List at town/village/city level.
  17. Hometownlocator New York Gazetteer Not to be used any more as Infoboxes are being developed for the town/city/village with Coord template included. Contact the moderator for assistance. Remove all traces of Hometownlocator links -Coord template take care of this.
  18. Linkpendium - check further sources, list at subject heading at appropriate level (county, city/town/village)
  19. Images of records and localities: in progress
  20. Check the Unassigned Links for new sources to add to county/city/town/village pages as needed.
  21. check New York Gravestone Photo Project for cemetery listings. Contact the site admin if you believe there is/was a cemetery but not listed for direct record link.
  22. Create list of towns/villages/cities and list of counties for each of the routes as listed in New_York#Migration Routes
  23. Add attractive images to most NY topic pages
  24. Add a list of National Archives and FHL film numbers to NY Passenger Arrival Lists, Jason
  25. Create good pages for extinct NY counties (red links)
  26. Create good pages for NY major repositories (red links), NY State Archives Patsy
  27. Create good pages for NY migration routes (red links), Chambly Canal David
  28. Create a page showing NY Soundex National Archives and FHL films, Tim

Tasks Completed[edit | edit source]

County Infobox
Albany xx x
Albany Cities
Allegany xx x
Allegany Cities
Bronx xx x
Bronx Cities
Broome xx x
Broome Cities
Cattaraugus xx x
Cattaraugus cities
Cayuga xx x
Cayuga cities
Chautauqua xx x
Chautauqua cities
Chemung xx x
Chemung cities
Chenango xx x
Chenango cities
Clinton xx x
Clinton cities
Columbia xx x
Columbia cities
Cortland xx x
Cortland cities
Delaware xx x
Delaware cities
Dutchess xx x
Dutchess cities
Erie xx x
Erie cities
Essex xx x
Essex cities
Franklin xx x
Franklin cities
Fulton xx x
Genesee xx x
Genesee cities
Greene xx x
Greene cities
Hamilton xx x
Hamilton cities
Herkimer xx x
Herkimer cities
Jefferson x x
Jefferson cities
Kings (Brooklyn) x x
King cities
Lewis x x
Lewis cities
Livingston x x
Livingston cities
Madison x x
Madison cities
Monroe x x
Monroe cities
Montgomery x x
Montgomery cities
Nassau x x
Nassau cities
New York (Manhattan) x x
Manhattan cities
Niagara x x
Niagara cities
Oneida x x
Oneida cities
Onondaga x x
Onondaga cities
Ontario x x
Ontario cities
Orange x x
Orange cities
Orleans x x
Orleans cities
Oswego x x
Oswego cities
Otsego x x
Otsego cities
Putnam x x
Putnam cities
Queens x x
Queens cities
Rensselaer x x
Rensselaer cities
Richmond (Staten Island) x x
Richmond cities
Rockland x x
Rockland cities
Saint Lawrence x s
Saint Lawrence cities
Saratoga x x
Saratoga cities
Schenectady x x
Schenectady cities
Schoharie x x
Schoharie cities
Schuyler x
Schuyler cities
Seneca x
Seneca cities
Steuben x
Steuben cities
Suffolk cities
Tioga x
Tioga cities
Tompkins x
Tompkins cities
Ulster x
Ulster cities
Warren x
Warren cities
Washington x
Washington cities
Wayne x
Wayne cities
Westchester x
Westchester cities
Wyoming x
Wyoming cities
Yates x
Yates cities

Templates[edit | edit source]

Code Result
{{WikiProject New York}}

Template showing an article, image, category, or template is part of this WikiProject. Placed at the top of talk pages, not articles.

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NOTE_1_IMAGE = Camera-photo.png NOTE_1_SIZE = 30px NOTE_1_CAT = New York articles needing images
{{tl|New York-stub}}

Stub notice for New York articles; placed at the bottom of article pages

{{New York-stub}}

Userboxes[edit | edit source]

New York flag.png This user is a participant in WikiProject New York.
{{User WikiProject New York}}