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Steps to adopting a Florida county

1) New and Prospective County Coordinators and Assistant County Coordinators need to read the contents of this page. If you have any Questions regarding these procedures, don't hesitate in asking questions. Upon receiving a County Assignment, you will be accountable for the compliance of these instructions.

2) Contact the State Coordinator to see if the county you are interested in is available.

3) Read the Florida GenWeb Project, Inc. rules below.

4)  New applications must be approved by the FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. Board, so please allow a week or two for processing.

Florida Rules

Please take a moment to read the FL-GenWeb Bylaws and Standing Rules.

Make sure you meet these elements for Florida. 

1) Adopting a county means it is a part of The FL-GenWeb Project, Inc.  Some people adopt counties only to promote their family genealogy or genealogical society. This is not the purpose of the FL-GenWeb Project and pages of this type will not be accepted.

You may include your family genealogy on your pages, but it may not be the primary focus of the page. Providing research information about the COUNTY is the primary focus. Visitors should know it is a FL-GenWeb Project, Inc.  page and not a family page or a Genealogical or Historical Society site. We do enjoy participation with various Genealogical and Historical Societies who aid the County Coordinator.

2) All county pages are required to:

A) Display the official project name, link and logo near the top of your main county page. The logo does not have to appear on each page of your site, but must be on the main page.

1. The state project is The FL-GenWeb Project, Inc.  located at: http://www.fl-genweb.com

FL-GenWeb logos are located here: LOGOS

B) Provide a link to the State Counties Selection List on the home page of your site.

  This is the link for the Florida Counties Selection List: http://www.fl-genweb.org/

3) All County Coordinators. Assistant County Coordinators, Project Managers and their Assistants MUST be subscribed to the FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. members group. This group is for FLGenWeb Project, Inc. members only. This list is a VITAL link in keeping everyone informed. Our monthly membership business meetings are held on this list. 


4) Volunteers to sponsor County sites should have their pages online within a reasonable amount of time. We don't expect your site to appear within a day or a week, but after one month you should at least have a basic page online. You can always go back later and add more when you have time. If after one month the basic pages are not up, we will need to re-assign the county. It is not fair to make researchers or other volunteers wait for a county site to go online for much longer than a month.

Should a special situation arise, such as waiting for account setup from an ISP, or a server problem or a family crisis, we understand this and will work with you so long as you LET US KNOW you are having difficulty. Otherwise, if another volunteer is waiting, we will need to give them the opportunity to get the page online. It has been proven in the past that volunteers who did not have time to get their pages online also did not have time to maintain the site once it was up.

5) County Coordinators shall be required to check in with the State Coordinator or designated representative each month. Any County Coordinator failing to check in three consecutive months, will be subject to a Board Review and may have their county  reassigned. It is the responsibility of each County Coordinator to notify the State Coordinator of changes in their e-mail address. It is also advisable if you're going away for an extended time period, post a vaction sign on your county main page.

6) The FL-GenWeb Digital Library and Archives and other Special Projects within the FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. may have additional requirements.


The FL-GenWeb Project, Inc.  policy prohibits lookup volunteers from infringing on copyrights. We will not condone, defend or be held responsible for violations of law committed by said volunteers.

If you see a book listed for lookups which you hold the copyright to and do not want it included in the Project listings, please contact the FL-GenWeb Project State coordinator and/or the county coordinator immediately.

Please remember that  FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. is dedicated to providing FREE genealogical help to visitors to the sites. You may not CHARGE for lookups or SELL information to visitors. A page on your site dedicated to providing information about the local Genealogical Society may list publications for sale if your server allows it, but it must be made clear that the GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY is the seller, not the FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. . We do NOT CHARGE for our services.

Building your FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. Site

OK, you've decided to join us and take a county...NOW what do you do? How do you build your pages, where do you find graphics, how can I get some html help?

Here are a few links where you can find help for some of those things!

Color Maker
This nifty little utility will allow you to "try out" color schemes for your page AND gives you the html code to place on your page..you just copy and paste the code and the colors are yours!

Frame Shop
While some folks don't like frames on their pages, some do. This tool, from the same people who brought you Color Maker, takes the hassle out of making frame sections for your pages.

Table Maker
Probably the easiest way to make tables for your data...easy to use, great results...a GREAT tool!

Toolbox Button Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit
This site provides a listing of just about everything you need to know to build a great genealogy site! Links to graphics, HTML helpers, free home pages, guestbooks, counters, the WORKS! An added plus is her "outline" of what makes a good page; things to include, things NOT to do. It's a GREAT place to begin your journey into the wide world of "webmasters!"

Genealogy Graphics by Autumn
Brought to you by the coordinator for the Taylor Co KYGenWeb Project..nice earthy tones and replicas of old documents can be found here

Some new FLGenWeb Logo Designs
New logo designs to represent the FLGenWeb Project. After we get a few more designs in the collection, all County Coordinators will be asked to vote on the ones we want to use as our official logos, so go take a look!

Web Clip Art
brought to you by miningco.com. You have to click on the "more links" at the bottom of the list and genealogy links are on the next page.

This should get you started! If you're still lost and confused, you can always email the State Coordinator with questions.  

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