The Beatty GenConnect Boards
We've added Beatty (all spellings) GenConnect bulletin boards for Queries, Bibles, Biographies, Deeds, Obituaries, Pensions, Wills & Estate papers. To visit one of these boards, simply click one of the GenConnect buttons on our main page.
(rather than putting your data on our website)?
The GenConnect boards serve well for discrete pieces of information, such as
obituaries, wills, bible records, and queries. However, they are not designed for
interactive messages and "chatting", as we do on our e-mail list or in
newsgroups. They are not designed for "heftier" data, like our census listing or
cemetery lists, nor, are they designed for graphics. It works better to display this kind
of data on our web pages on our website.
To tie into GenConnect's search engine, you must add surnames to the list on the post message form. You should include ALL surnames. Some only include the surnames they have an interest in themselves. For obituaries, include all the surnames you see in the text. For Wills and estate papers, include witness and bondsman names. They might turn out to be the person someone is looking for. It may be too much to include the name of the county court clerk, judge, magistrate etc. on all deeds, wills, etc. If you put too many names, the index soon becomes impossibly large, with huge numbers of "hits" which no one is going to check.
Always include your Beatty Project 2000 lineage number when posting to the
GenConnect boards. Look at the current examples to see how we did it. By putting the
lineage number in the title of the post, it's easy for viewers to see which messages
You cannot post copyrighted
material without the copyright holder's permission. Wills and estate papers,
pensions, deeds and warrants cannot be copyrighted, so we're OK there. Biographies and
obituaries that you find in a book or newspaper probably are copyrighted. You'll have to
ask for permission, or write an original based on what you know.
For the sake of intellectual honesty, accuracy and to foster the interactivity of linking to the source work, you must cite your sources. Include these elements:
-----Example Citation for above list -----
Be careful about posting too much information about living people. In obituaries, for example, remove any addresses or street names of living survivors. Some say to not post ANY information about living persons at all, including their names. The fear is that someone can "steal" your identity to apply for credit if they know your address, and your mother's maiden name, or some such. I don't go that far, but I do recommend not publishing the birth dates or addresses of the living. It is probably a good idea to have the person's permission to post any information about them on the Internet. Their name and address may have been published in the local newspaper as being a survivor in an obit. But, it's not the same as being published for all the world to see on the Internet. Don't start a family feud by putting your sister's name on the Internet without her permission.
Please do not post queries on any of the other boards. I know it's tempting, when you see a reference to your ancestor in a biography, you would like to post a response to that bio. But, don't. Send an e-mail to the author of that bio, or post your query on the Beatty Query board, or do both. I will remove messages from the boards if they don't apply to the subject of the board.
GenConnect lets you put a link to another page at the bottom of your
message. This is very useful. If you have a webpage with your family history on it, by all
means add the link to your website when you post biographies, wills, obits, etc. that
include people from your lineage.
A biographical sketch does not have to cover an entire life. I suggest putting marriages, letters, and other articles of interest onto the biography board. If you have an article about someone's marriage and a couple of letters, you have part of a biographical sketch. A series of sketches put together can create a biography. What is nice is that additional information can be edited into the first post or added as a response to the original.
Be sure to index all the surnames you find in the document --
Grantor/Grantee is imperative. I would include the "et uxor" entries as expanded
to the "Surname, Mrs" format, the appraisers and the witnesses; You may also
include the names found in the deed as either part of the metes and bounds or titlechains.
I'd say to leave out the clerk and other court personnel - unless their name is a Beatty
Review the copyright and privacy issues raised above. Include the name of the paper and date of publication if known. If you know more information, include it in the same post. For example, if you know the burial information, include it.
--- Mike Allen