Place talk:Prince William, Virginia, United States

Move research guide data to Virginia research guide page? [4 January 2010]


The VA research tips here are great. Given that this place page is getting rather long, how about moving the Research Tips off this page and using Virginia Research Guide instead, and then linking from here to there? That way, we'd keep all research-guide-related content on the actual research guides. Thoughts? Jillaine 16:00, 3 January 2010 (EST)

My really first preference is for someone to write a history of Prince William with genealogical overtones and then remove all that wikipedia info. That would shorten the page. I don't think most of us are really interested in the population data. Or even the Red Book info which is probably not correct for this county because Prince William is a 'burned out' or 'lost records' county. But I don't feel I can do a history justice so until someone else becomes interested we may be stuck with wp.
Well, I may not represent "mainstream" WR thinking on this topic, but I see no reason to include the WP data on a Place page if it does not add to the genealogy-related goals of the page. You can always LINK to the WP page instead of pulling in the text. That's what I'd do. Jillaine 00:03, 4 January 2010 (EST)
I started researching in Prince William just abt 8 or 9 months ago and dug out these sources and still use them. So if possible, I'd like to keep them here. But if necessary I can find most of them over on the Virginia Research Guide. I THINK I've already put them there, with the exception of Ronald Turner's web site which pertains only to Prince William and a few WV counties.
I suppose if we got rid of all the WP content (and the population content-- why do we need THAT here? I do like the Timeline section though), then leaving the research guidance wouldn't seem so weighty. Jillaine 00:03, 4 January 2010 (EST)
So if you have to remove them, leave the link to Ronald Turner's web site and link to the Research guide or even the Place:Virginia, United States. I may have put those links in both places. BTW, what about external research links that pertain just to a specific county like the Turner web site? I assume county specific links stay on the county place page. --Janiejac 23:16, 3 January 2010 (EST)
Well, shiver me timbers... This IS a County page isn't it? Sheesh. I thought it was the overall Virginia page. Yeah, leave the county-specific stuff here. I hope we can figure out a way to cross-link pages like this with the Virginia Research Guide. Jillaine 00:03, 4 January 2010 (EST)
I messed with your thinking by putting all those state research links on the county page! Hey, I just copied them all from my work sheet and pasted them there. <grin> I am unsure how to remove just portions of the wikipedia info and leaving other parts of it because I know some template pulls it in every once in a while. Please do what you can to clean up the wp clutter!! Then you can decide what needs to be done about the research links. The state links are already on both the Virginia Research Guide and Place:Virginia, United States so having them here is a duplication. And there should be a way to link to the Research Guide like you do to anything else. Have you noticed I don't like the term 'Research Tips'? I keep changing the section headings to 'External Links'. Maybe Research Links would be better. --Janiejac 00:59, 4 January 2010 (EST)

Janie, see this:

Help:Place_pages#What_if_the_place_page_already_has_data_from_Wikipedia_that_I_don.27t_think_is_pertinent_for_genealogy_purposes.3F--Jillaine 01:11, 4 January 2010 (EST)

Jillaine, you've done a beautiful job of it! I'm very happy with the changes! Thank you. --Janiejac 08:25, 4 January 2010 (EST)

Earliest Settlers [4 January 2010]

It would be great to link to the specific person pages for those who are listed under the section "Earliest Settlers" -- are any of those folks on WR? Are any of you researching them? Jillaine 08:31, 4 January 2010 (EST)

I should be able to add Samuel and Francis Jackson to WR by February and can link to them then. I've had to transcribe all their land deeds and adjoining deeds in order to learn of them. I'm not sure yet how I'll do them. In the meantime, I've had a major water disaster at my house that will sure cut into my genealogy time! --Janiejac 13:56, 4 January 2010 (EST)