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The American-French Genealogical Society Endorses the Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines from "The National Genealogical Society".

The following Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines are from the
The National Genealogical Society
These Genealogical Standards and Guidelines are recommended by the National Genealogical Society for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits. NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations serve their purpose when an individual decides that the Standards and Guideline have been applied appropriately in a matter of personal interest. 
 
Genealogical Standards
 
Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On The Internet
 
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
 
Appreciating that publishing information through Internet web sites and web pages shares many similarities with print publishing, considerate family historians—
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apply a title identifying both the entire web site and the particular group of related pages, similar to a book-and-chapter designation, placing it both at the top of each web browser window using the <TITLE> HTML tag, and in the body of the document, on the opening
home or title page and on any index pages.
explain the purposes and objectives of their web sites, placing the explanation near the top of the title page or including a link from that page to a special page about the reason for the site.
display a footer at the bottom of each web page which contains the web site title, page title, author's name, author's contact information, date of last revision and a copyright statement.
provide complete contact information, including at a minimum a name and e-mail address, and preferably some means for long-term contact, like a postal address.
assist visitors by providing on each page navigational links that lead visitors to other important pages on the web site, or return them to the home page.
adhere to the NGS “Standards for Sharing Information with Others” regarding copyright, attribution, privacy, and the sharing of sensitive information.
include unambiguous source citations for the research data provided on the site, and if not complete descriptions, offering full citations upon request.
label photographic and scanned images within the graphic itself, with fuller explanation if required in text adjacent to the graphic.
identify transcribed, extracted or abstracted data as such, and provide appropriate source citations.
include identifying dates and locations when providing information about specific surnames or individuals.
respect the rights of others who do not wish information about themselves to be published, referenced or linked on a web site.
provide web site access to all potential visitors by avoiding enhanced technical capabilities that may not be available to all users, remembering that not all computers are created equal.
avoid using features that distract from the productive use of the web site, like ones that reduce legibility, strain the eyes, dazzle the vision, or otherwise detract from the visitor's ability to easily read, study, comprehend or print the online publication.
maintain their online publications at frequent intervals, changing the content to keep the information current, the links valid, and the web site in good working order.
preserve and archive for future researchers their online publications and communications that have lasting value, using both electronic and paper duplication.
 
PDF Version ~ Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
 
©2000, 2001 by National Genealogical Society. Permission is granted to copy or publish this material provided it is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.
 
 

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To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.
 

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