Adopting a South Carolina County Adoptable Counties  

If you would like to adopt a county, please follow these easy steps:

1) Check the County Selection List to see if the county you are interested in is available. If it is not available, please consider volunteering to assist the current county coordinator.

2) Read everything on this page, and the USGenWeb Rules page.

3) If you agree to all requirements, then please use the county adoption application to complete the application, which will be submitted to the acting State Coordinator and Assistant State Coordinator. Your application will then be reviewed and considered. Please complete FULLY the application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be discarded.

Rules for SCGenWeb Counties:

Note: These rules are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

This is your page, have fun, give it your own flavor, but please keep a few things in mind. Make sure you include these 5 elements for South Carolina and all of the USGenWeb required elements.

1) Adopting a county means it is a part of The USGenWeb Project. It is sad to say, but some people adopt counties merely to promote their family genealogy. There is nothing wrong with including your family genealogy on your pages, but it cannot be the main page of your county site. This is to be a SCGenWeb county page. The name of your page should be [County Name] SCGenWeb Project.

2) All county pages are required to contain the official state logo with a link to SCGenWeb.org, and an approved USGenWeb logo linked to the national site at www.usgenweb.org, with both predominated at or near the top of your pages. Our national projectís official name is The USGenWeb Project, and our state project name is The SCGenWeb Project. NOT GenWeb, and not SC GenWeb. .

A) The Required links are:

The USGenWeb Project http://www.usgenweb.org 
The SCGenWeb Project http://www.scgenweb.org 

3) All County Coordinators are required to be subscribed to the mandatory mail list for all SCGenWeb coordinators. It is not a Rootsweb list. It is a Google mail list. This list is the only official mail list for South Carolina coordinators. This is where official information will be posted and disseminated and where South Carolina business is discussed. This is also the mail list for the monthly roll call. Each county coordinator should respond to roll call on the first of each month. Failure to be in communication on a regular basis could subject you to the loss of your county/counties.

4) If you volunteer to coordinate a county, you should make sure that the site is online as quickly as possible, or if you are adopting an existing site, please add your contact information as soon as possible.

5) The USGenWeb Project and The SCGenWeb Project will not support any form of copyright violation by you or your volunteers. For protection from possible lawsuits by publishers or authors, there are a few steps that you should follow.

A) If the reference material is not in the public domain, you should first check the Authors Who have Submitted Permission page to see if the author has already granted permission, and the Authors who have refused permission page. If they are not on either list you should obtain written permission from the author or publisher of that material and be sure it is on file with USGenWeb.

B) You should also include the USGenWeb copyright disclaimer on your lookup page and be sure that your lookup volunteers read this disclaimer. The complete USGenWeb copyright FAQ may be view at http://usgenweb.org/volunteers/copyright.shtml 

6) Basic knowledge of website design and website maintenance is a must. Knowledge of html, graphic and FTP transfer is needed. You also will work with any of the following file types, Excel, Word, NotePad.(txt) and .PDF files, also graphic file types are .jpg, .gif and .png files


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