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Overstreet Homestead Project

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Development of the Project

The project began as the result of a group of people deciding that it was time to do something about the missing links and brick walls in their family research.  Something beyond making a connection with others working on the same surname. Beyond the thousands of homepages that list links, gedcoms, or an index for printed books or documents.

It is time to do something to get those valuable documents ONLINE...... accessible to anyone with a computer and modem.

The word went out. Volunteers were recruited to either donate their existing transcribed documents, or to actually commit to transcribing data, such as census records, marriage bonds, wills, etc. This project will also help preserve the information stored in musty old courthouse basements and attics on fading, crumbling paper.

The Overstreet Homestead Archives were planned by the Overstreet Mailing List.

This project is maintained entirely by volunteers and depends on the support of RootsWeb and people like you that want to see Genealogy research take a step forward. We can use the technology of today, and make the Internet work for Genealogy!

If you have something you would like to contribute to the project, please review the guidelines below, and than contact us from the link at the end of the guidelines.



    Types of files for the Archives include:

    Federal Census (free, slave, mortality, agriculture, veterans... schedules)

    State Census

    Vital Records

            1. Marriage

            2. Birth

            3. Death

            4. Divorce (or under court?)

    Court records (county, federal, civil, circuit, probate....)

    Church records (members lists, baptisms...)

    Bible Records

    Newspapers (obits, marriage & birth announcements, local events...)

    Prison Records (got some proven moonshiners in my tree - the rest is just rumor )

    Military Records (rosters, muster rolls, service records, pension applications...)

             1. Revolutionary

             2. Civil War,

             3. Indian Wars

             4. Mexican

             5. Spanish-American

             6. War of 1812

             7. W.W.I

             8. W.W.II

             9. Korean

           10. Viet Nam

           11. Persian Gulf

    Land Records (deeds, land transfers, federal land grants, surveyor's records...)

    Tax Records (land, property, state, federal, local....)

    Local Histories

    Local Directories (phone books, old county and city directories....)

    Occupational (?) (Mining inspector's reports, Accident reports, railroad reports, company newsletters....)

    Educational (?) (school histories, newsletters, KY's school census, yearbooks?)

     Cemeteries

     Deeds/grants

    Misc*

    Newspapers/obits

    Ship Lists

    Tax lists

    Wills


     

    Guidelines for File Submissions

    Overstreet Homestead Archives Notice

    Place a notice on each text file to protect the submitter. A recommended notice:


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    OVERSTREET HOMESTEAD  ARCHIVES NOTICE:  These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by any other organization or persons.  Persons or organizations desiring to use this material, must obtain the written consent of the contributor, or the legal representative of the submitter, and contact the listed Overstreet Homestead
    archivist with proof of this consent.

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    1. Only virus-checked files will be accepted.

    2. Ascii text (.txt) files are preferred. Non-text will be converted to text before storing. If you have created a .doc, .wri, .xls, .dbf, etc. file, please save it "as text" in your software program, and assign a ".txt" extension to the filename. Hard "tabs" are not encouraged, as they do not translate the same on all browsers. Please use "5 hard spaces" in place of tabs. Large files may be split. We may, at our discretion, store the same data in several formats. Scanned documents will be considered, depending on their content.

    3. All data is free to the public, and the Overstreet Homestead Archives project will not pay royalties on any submissions.

    4. Data is provided for downloading "as is" -- no guarantees of anything. The transcriptions in the Overstreet Homestead Archives should be used as clues in your research, and we strongly recommend referring to the original documents.

    5. File contributors must use their own discretion regarding the inclusion of data on living people.

    6. We will  accept gedcoms, due to space considerations this info may not be posted.  It will be posted into the master family database and available to the site visitor via lookup by the site administer.

    7. No executable files will be accepted.

    8. Do not send copyrighted material, unless it is your own, and you include a statement of permission to use in the document.
    Note: Public domain records cannot be copyrighted.

    9. We are now able to store scanned images of primary source documents, but must be cautious about the size and quality, as well as the genealogical value of those documents.

    10. We cannot guarantee permanency, in the event data is lost.

    11. Any obviously false, malicious, libelous, or copyrighted data will be erased. We do not guarantee the validity of any files. Always check the original document.

    12. These guidelines are subject to change.

    13. Once submitted, the data can't be retracted by submitter. (This rule causes concern to many potential submitters. The reason for this rule is that the volunteer file managers spend many hours preparing the files in the proper format for viewing by all types of computers. We have to discourage submissions - retractions - submissions - retractions because of the volume of data that is submitted. The Overstreet Homestead Archives are accessible FREE and will remain FREE, to researchers. The files within will not be used for any commercial purposes by the Overstreet Homestead Project.) Copyright to data contributed to resides with the contributor, who agrees that the Overstreet Homestead Archives, as a not-for-profit project, has permanent use of the data.

    14. We retain the right to refuse any submission.

    15. Files in the Overstreet Homestead Archives may not be copied for selling in any format.


    Contribute a file

    To contribute a file just click on Submit Information.. This will let you paste any information you would like added to the web site. Please include source if possible.

    You are visitor since 1 Apr 2000.


     

This information is provided for the free use of those engaged in non-commercial genealogical research. Any commercial use is strictly prohibited.

This site was created for the Overstreet family by Thomas Parker and co-creator Laura Flebbe. The genuine support of the Overstreet discussion list made it possible. Also.... Without your help none of this could have happened.
Thank you!
Please stop by the credit page to view all the contributors.

 


This page was last updated on 06/03/09 09:11:03 PM