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  • Please use this template to create boilerplate repository pages describing each courthouse, recorder’s office, archive, library, museum, or other repository with one or more collections of interest to genealogists. Edit to fit each repository. Note there is a separate template for societies.
  • Use this template with common sense and flexibility. Consider the template only a guideline, not a final authority.
  • SeeTennessee State Library and ArchivesLibrary of CongressAllen County Public LibraryChurch History LibraryWorcester County, Maryland Courthouse and • Salt Lake City Public Library for examples of how a well-done finished page for how a repository would look.
  • To use this template to create a boilerplate repository page:
    • First create a new page with the name of the repository, e.g. Ohio State Archives, or Davis County, Utah Courthouse.
    • Then in the new page's edit box type {{subst:Repository}}  and click the Save page button twice.
    • Edit the resulting boilerplate page to fit your needs as you describe the repository. Delete instructions in brackets and unwanted sections of the template. Add whatever is appropriate.

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Contact Information[edit source]

E-mail:[1]  repository@whatever.net


000 Santa's Workshop Lane
North Pole, AK 99999-9999

Telephone:</ref> 800-000-0000, or 801-000-0000
Fax:  802-000-0000

Hours and holidays:</ref> Monday-Saturday 9:00 to 4:30

Directions, maps, and public transportation:</ref> {Optional}

Internet sites and databases:

  • Repository Internet site {create a link for each bullet, and then give a line or two listing content so the reader will know if it is worthwhile to click on that link}.
  • Repository catalog online.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Collection Description[edit source]

{Please briefly describe the strengths and weaknesses of each collection for genealogists (about two or three sentences for smaller collections).[2] For example, explain the collection size, who (which ethnic, political, or religious groups) are covered, dates covered, jurisdictions covered, record types available, significant indexes, and any noteworthy record loss or gaps.[3]}

Tips[edit source]


Guides[edit source]

{Optional: Internet or guide books describing this collection for genealogists. }

Alternate Repositories[edit source]

{ List (link to a Wiki article for) at least one or more other repositories that collect overlapping records, or similar family history material including central repositories, affiliated or branch repositories, higher level jurisdiction repositories, parent or daughter jurisdiction repositories. Also list neighboring repositories with similar records. Please briefly explain how each substitute repository is related.}

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Repository, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alternate Repository {create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}

  • such as: NARA I
  • National Archives at _____
  • State Archives
  • State Library

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center
  • LC
  • FHL

Neighboring Collections

  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies
  • Closest Family History Center has premium online services for free, offers research suggestions, and can order microfilms from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.[4]
  • Repositories in surrounding counties: [Chattam], [Durham], and [Franklin]
  • State Vital Records Office
  • State Historical Society
  • State Genealogical Society
  • University Libraries
  • Church archives
  • Repositories in surrounding states (or provinces): [SC], [TN], and [VA]
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Such-and-Such Repository
{OPTIONAL: Delete this IF no similar Wikipedia article exists!}

Sources[edit source]

  1. Source 1.
  2. Source 2.
  3. Source 3.
  4. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).

{Optional: state Navbox goes here} {IF this repository appears in the OCLC WorldCat's Find a library near you search results list with an OCLC WorldCat symbol next to its name, THEN in the Internet sites and databases section at the end of the Repository catalog online  entry add the following phrase: {{WC}}Also available in [[WorldCat Online Catalog|WorldCat]].  }