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Help and advice for GENUKI Help Wanted

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.

We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.

GENUKI Help Wanted

GENUKI, which was first set up in 1995 to provide a virtual reference library for UK and Ireland genealogy, has by now (April 2017) grown to over 130,000 pages. It is maintained by a number of volunteers, each in general looking after one or more whole counties but producing pages with a common structure and "look and feel". We achieve this by having a set of standards which are facilitated and enforced by the Drupal Content Management System. This means that GENUKI's users can easily find their way around and locate the information they want, rather as you do in a large library.

Unfortunately, there are a number of  GENUKI pages for counties where we currently have rather limited information, especially down at the parish level, and no-one with direct responsibility for their development - at the foot of such pages there is the statement "We are looking for somebody who can help with the maintenance of this page, which currently has a status of Inactive - No maintenance is being performed and we are seeking a maintainer."

We would like more volunteers to come forward to maintain such pages. If you want to volunteer or have more questions about adopting a county, then please contact the GENUKI trustees. The sections of our site for which we are specifically looking for a maintainer can be seen here.

Taking responsibility for maintaining a county's pages involves any necessary updating of the information that is already  provided, and providing further information, especially at the parish level - a good example of what can be achieved can be seen by looking at Northumberland. That is the long term aim - we don't expect new county page maintainers to immediately produce such a set of pages. It is more a job of working to that end, and of encouraging like-minded people to help by contributing information - either to  county pages or to parish pages. (In some counties there are one or more towns grouping some small sets of parishes together - such towns are provided with information pages that are very similar in form and content to parish pages, except for the fact that they contain links to the enclosed parishes.)

GENUKI's use of the Drupal Content Management System means that the common structure and "look and feel" of our pages (e.g. the provision of standard subject headings) is provided entirely automatically, so that maintainers can concentrate on the provision of information content, and on keeping this content up to date. The editing of pages is normally done using a powerful yet simple to use WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor, so there is little need for expertise in the details of the HTML-encoding of web pages.

We don't just need people who are willing to take on whole counties in GENUKI, we also welcome volunteers who are prepared to contribute just to one or more parish pages and/or to provide more pages on specific topics (supplying detailed information or guidance on a particular subject) for all levels of GENUKI (national, down to county and parish). For this purpose we have introduced the concept of a "Contributor" - contributors are authorised to edit just their chosen pre-existing pages (e.g. pages for particular parishes or on particular topics), and are provided with a specially-simplified editing interface for the purpose. 

Regarding contributions, original transcriptions of local source material such as Census Returns or Parish Registers are always welcome, provided that any required permissions have been obtained.  If you think you can help, if you have local knowledge which you could share with others, or if you can think of something that would be a useful addition to the pages, please contact the relevant maintainer directly. (Alternatively, if you simply want to provide additional information for an existing page you can use the contact link "Open a form to report problems or contribute information" near the top of that page.)

Needless to say, if you want to take part in the GENUKI project you will be made most welcome.