Guide for Entering Postings
Lincoln Co., WI "American
Local History Network"
Before you post a question or a record, go to the
Lincoln Co., WI Internet Library
and check to see if
the information is already in the database.
If it is not, proceed to the
Records Board to see if it has
recently been entered but has not yet indexed
in the library. By using the
Search button at the top of the
page, you can search the Records Board. For
more information on Searches go to Using
the Message Boards.
posted records are eventually indexed in the
Lincoln Co., WI Internet Library
TO POSTING NEW
INFORMATION TO THE RECORDS
Help us keep our on-line library organized by
reading the following instructions before using our system.
Prefacing your submissions with the appropriate category will allow
your data to be found quickly by other researchers.
you would like to enter a record on-line, go to the records form
which is at the bottom of the records page. It can be accessed
from the tool bar at the top of the records index by clicking on
"post new message",
by simply scrolling to the very bottom of the index. The tool
bar just gets you there quicker. Don't be afraid to attempt
typing one in, even if you are inexperienced. Nearly everyone
makes mistakes sometimes, especially while learning. We have
found it works well to pre-type the messages and then just copy
and paste them into the form. But feel free to type directly
into the message box if you want to. You can see exactly how
your entry will look on-line, by clicking "preview message" at
the bottom of the form. Remember, you are entering a record
which will ultimately be indexed in the Internet Library.
You can help us understand which book/listing your item belongs
in by prefacing it correctly. Use only
the prefaces listed (in
black) beneath the example of the message box. It
should be followed by a colon, one space, and then a short
title, using the last name of the individual first. Take a
moment to see which category is most fitting for your entry.
Once you have recorded it the way you want and have clicked
"preview", click "post message". If you end up submitting
something which needs correcting or would like
to insert a
photo, just drop us a
line. So, not to worry!! Just have fun............and
thanks so very much for your willingness to help!!
THE SUBJECT LINE
BioB (Birth Announcements)
News (Local News Articles)
School (School Articles)
Church (Church Articles)
History (History Articles)
are five record categories for biographical information:
short news clips or biography about a certain individual),
(Births), and BioE:
if you would like to have photos inserted. An
example for submitting a biographical sketch you have written or
transcribed: (Need example insert). An example for submitting
a marriage announcement:
BioM: Crevier, Allison Leigh (2006)
Church Records--Submit church
related items such as baptismal records, transcriptions of
anniversary booklets, bible records, confirmation documents &
photos, and news clips for special events. Use the preface code:
Church, followed by the Location or surname. An Example
for submitting a church record--Church:
Scott, St. Paul (2008).
History--Preface historical items with the classification
and the location. Example #1--History:
News--Preface all general news items
with the category News.
Notices--Preface these with the category Obit, followed
by the surname, the given name and the span of years for their life.
Do not use the month and day in the title. Example--Obit:
Williams, Mathilda C. (1920 – 2006).
Also use this preface when entering Death
Records which aren't really obituaries, such as transcripts of Court
House Death Records, Social Security Archives or merely pre-notices
about up-coming obituaries.
Schools--For anything school related,
use the preface School, followed by the location and
the name of the institution or individual. The location is
not necessary for an individual record. Enter surnames first and
then the given name and the year of the event. Example #1--School:
Merrill, WI High School (1800 - 1888).
THE TEXT OF YOUR SUBMISSION
The first line should begin with Surnames. List all the surnames of each
individual found in your article. An example is:
Raasch, Rusch, Wendt, Kleinschmidt
The next line will be the source. Begin with
list the name of the newspaper or source where the information came from, the
city and county of the publication in parentheses, followed by the date of
publication. Such as:
Merrill Foto News (Merrill, Lincoln County, Wis.) Wednesday, 25
The next line will be depend on the type of document you are submitting. If you
obituary the line will be almost the same as your title line, except
that the full date of birth and death are recorded. Such as:
April 1900 - 29 Dec. 1956)
marriage, record the date of marriage, such as:
---Thomas, Ruth (Marriage –
18 July 1901)
birth would look like this:
John (Birth –
26 Dec. 1967)
John and Julie (50th –
28 Dec. 1900)
Other articles, such as
engagements, school, property, history or news, don’t need a third
line. You can either just record a headline, or start on the text of your
If you need to add a transcriber’s note, such as, “The rest of the article was
cut off or was not available at the time of transcription” or “John’s date of
birth is from the Social Security Death Index,” preface this note with three
stars *** and the word “Note,” at the end of your submission in a separate
paragraph. It would look like this:
*** Note: Birth date taken
from the Social Security Death Index or Birth date taken from
This rule also applies to any other entry.
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Open the appropriate board and
select the "SEARCH"
option on the gray tool bar, just above the words, "Message
There are a number of search options you
need to be aware of. You can set the search parameters to
search by Hours, Days, Weeks or Months, select a specific time
frame. When you enter your keywords, the options are "Any" or
"All". An example of "Any" might be putting in "Wendt Robert".
Any message which contains either "Wendt" or "Robert" will be
selected. To narrow the search you might want to use "All". Only
messages with both "Wendt" and "Robert" in them will be
selected. Remember that just because you used "All" not all of
the messages will pertain to "Wendt, Robert". A message may
have the name "Robert" in one part and "Wendt" in another part
so it meets your criteria and will be included.
the information you are looking for is not retrieved and you
would like to enter it, return to the gray tool bar at the top
of the page and select "Post New Message". Use the codes listed
above to preface your submissions.
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