to The CTGenWeb
Project, a proud member of The USGenWeb
Project since 1996!
We are an all-volunteer organization, and we
welcome your participation in this
project! You may help in a number of
ways, including submitting cemetery or document
transcriptions, old photographs,
biographies, obituaries, wills, deeds
etc, to share with fellow genealogists. Please contact the appropriate
County Coordinator to get started!
Contact the State
Coordinator if you are considering serving as a County Coordinator. You will be provided space for your site on the CTGenWeb domain. You
should have some basic knowledge of web page
construction and uploading. There are
many simple and free composers
available, as well as free FTP (File Transfer Protocol) applications. We will help in any way we can.
You should maintain up to date anti-virus software on your computer to protect the CTGenWeb network and visitors to your site. By the same token, having current anti-virus software may protect your computer from an infected file from a contributor.
Joining the USGenWeb Project as a
Town or County Coordinator requires commitment. If you are not
ready to maintain and further develop a county site, you may partner
with the County Coordinator in making contributions, and you will get credit on the site. If you are interested in a particular town or county, and it is not available at this time, please consider putting your name on the waiting list. Circumstances change, and a town or county site may be available tomorrow! Contact the State Coordinator to adopt an available county, or contact a County Coordinator to explore ways in which you may participate. It doesn't have to be a massive project to have value. A single obituary transcription has value.
members are required to
join the state mailing list for
announcements, discussions, and membership roll
requirement is not applicable to
contributors of data, but only to County
Coordinators and Local (Town) Coordinators.
You will find USGenWeb Project information for
volunteers on this page:
On this page, you'll find Web Site
requirements for State Coordinators, County
Coordinators, and Local/Town
You will find other recommended elements on
this page, but please note the REQUIRED
elements for all State, County, and
Town/Local USGenWeb sites.
The name of the project should be The USGenWeb
Project (note upper and lower case with no spaces),
The CTGenWeb Project, or County Name CTGenWeb , for
instance, New London County CTGenWeb.
Your main page must include in a prominent
location (Top of page is preferred) a
USGenWeb Logo, & the CTGenWeb
Logo. The name and contact
information for the State, County, or Local
Coordinator must be displayed on the
page. If you are concerned about spam,
you may create and link to a .gif or .jpg
file showing your email address, or type
your email address in plain text without a
hyperlink. You must link back to the
County site if you are a Town Coordinator, to the State
site if you are a County Coordinator,
and to The USGenWeb
Again, these are REQUIREMENTS for all State,
County, and Local (Town) Coordinators in the
USGenWeb Project. Your site must link
back to the CTGenWeb and the USGenWeb.
All contributions shall remain with the CTGenWeb Project. County and Town Coordinators may copy their own transcriptions to a personal genealogy site, but may not remove data from the CTGenWeb site. Any contributions from researchers, contributors, and County and Town Coordinators are permanent. No County Coordinator should host more than two county sites, unless a County Coordinator has resigned, and the State Coordinator, or Assistant State Coordinator, has requested a volunteer to host the site until a new County Coordinator is found.
The Door is Open to
If you have
access to information that is not copyrighted
(or you have written permission to reprint
copyrighted material), please send your
contribution in PLAIN TEXT.
The quickest and easiest for us to copy,
paste, and reformat on an .html page is NOTEPAD,
WordPad, or its equivalent, with no
indentations, headings, bold print, or
tables. Please contact the County
Coordinator to discuss his or her
MS Word codes interfere with .HTML
coding. Please check with the County Coordinator before sending a document in Word
or Excel. Generally, plain text is best.
The simpler, the better. This is just
one example of a plain text document at the
USGenWeb Archives: http://files.usgwarchives.net/il/dupage/cemeteries/littlewd.txt
. If your original
transcription is in Microsoft Word, it would
be a big help, and speed things up
considerably, if you convert your document to
Notepad. You'll find excellent instructions on
SITE at SMB Creative Group's Help
Please name your file something short and
specific, with no spaces, commas, or
punctuation. You may use upper or lower
case, and may insert a break between words
with an underscore, such as John_Jones.txt.
IF YOU INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPH
If you are including a photograph, please do
not embed it in the document. Send it as
a separate .jpg or .gif file. Please name the
file with no spaces or commas. It may be
something like johnjones.jpg or john_jones.jpg
(with an underscore - not a dash), or
In considering what items would be
appropriate, please remember that the primary
goal is to enhance the Genealogist's or
Historian's experience on this site. Ask
yourself the following questions:
(1) IS THIS GENEALOGY OR IS IT NOSTALGIA? We all love nostalgia! If a photograph contains images of people still living, it may be nostalgia rather than genealogy. Photographs of living people should not be posted without written consent of the person or people in the photograph.
(2) WAS THIS BOOK, ARTICLE, OR PHOTOGRAPH
published after 1923? If it was published after 1923, is it copyrighted, and
do I have written permission to republish? Read more
Names and Dates cannot be copyrighted, but
compilations and written histories and
genealogies may be copyrighted. Please
name your source in your transcription of a
(3) DOES THIS MATERIAL CONTAIN THE NAMES
OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF LIVING PEOPLE, and do
I have written consent from those people to publish
their names and/or photographs? This may
also go back to the first question: Is
this Genealogy, or is it nostalgia?
HOW YOU MAY HELP
1. As a Look Up Volunteer. If you
have Connecticut research materials, such as
histories, census records, cemetery books,
etc., you could offer to do look-ups for
2. Adopt a Topic. It could be a
community, African American history, Native
American history, other ethnic or religious
group, School or Church history, Industry of
business history, historic site, or other.
3. History or Family Association Web
Page. If you have your own genealogy web
page related to a Connecticut, we would be
pleased to link it from the County site or the
CTGenWeb link page. If you would like to copy some of your genealogical material to the CTGenWeb county site, please contact the County Coordinator.
4. Transcribe Cemetery Records.
Help us get free information on the internet
by transcribing cemetery records. This
can be from the actual tombstone
transcriptions or from church records.
Be sure to call the church in advance.
If you visit in person, please take a couple
of landscape and older or more interesting
tombstone photos. If you have
transcribed in an Excel spreadsheet, please
keep in mind that the spreadsheet will be
stripped of it's formatting. Plain text
is preferred for an easy transfer to an .html
5. Transcribe Old Newspaper Articles,
Diaries, Letters, or Town Records.
6. Transcribe old Deeds, Wills,
7. Contribute old Photographs or Vintage Postcards of Places,
People, or Groups.
8. Contribute current photographs of historic buildings or sites.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS WELCOME! A single transcribed obituary or
old photograph may be the key to unlocking a family mystery. No
contribution is too small!
County Coordinators and volunteer contributors spend a lot of their
personal time transcribing, uploading, and hosting. This is VOLUNTEERISM. Whether your
contribution is a single transcription, or you are hosting a county or
town site, a copy should remain with the CTGenWeb Project to benefit
you have a particular interest in a county
or town, and it is not available for
adoption at this time, please consider
adding your name to our "Wish List."
If the site becomes available, the State Coordinator will notify you! The CTGenWeb will provide the web space for your county or town site.
You'll find the 2016 CTGenWeb Proposed Guidelines, Rules and Bylaws on THIS PAGE
The USGenWeb Project is a not-for profit organization of volunteers, dedicated to free access to genealogy on the Internet. Each
state, and almost every county, has its own web site. In addition,
the USGenWeb Project has special projects, such as the Tombstone
Project, the Archives, Project, and the Census Project. If you so
desire, you may duplicate your contribution to one of those projects.
Contact the State