Quick and Easy Webpage
Creation for Genealogists

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Seminar presentation: 2006 FGS Conference, Boston MA

(c) Linda Haas Davenport

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Subject Folders

Table of Content Page

In you intend to offer more than one piece of information on a subject, you should set up a table of content page. This table of content page is named index.html and is saved in the subject folder. The individual information page is linked to from the table of content.

Let's use cemeteries as our example. Everything you have on cemeteries should be in your cemeteries subject folder. On your main page you would have a link to the cemeteries table of content and on the cemetery table of content a link to the different cemeteries or information about the cemeteries.

Example: Cemetery Table of Content Page. The flowers are the dividing line and the green links are visited links. What doesn't show up on the below example is the background. The background is watermarked with the word Arkansas arched over a branch of the AR. This is the background used on most of the subject pages on the Marion Co site.

Screen shot of cemetery page

Individual Subject Pages

Although individual subject pages differ depending on the information presented you can tie all the pages together by using the same dividing bar and small graphics representative of the theme. For example on the Marion Co cemeteries pages we use the flower dividing line and each contains a graphic representative of a cemetery or a photo from the individual cemetery.

Example: Subject Page simple:

 Screen Shot Simple page

Example: Cemetery page with more than grave listings

Screen shot of diffent type of page

 Using Tables on Subject Pages

When a page is a transcription, of an index for instance, to keep the information aliened you need to use tables. Although you can present information as text and use the <PRE> </PRE> command it will not line up in all browsers and the text size is fixed, it cannot be changed in a browser.

To use tables, remember to leave the first row blank.

Determine the number of columns you need and type information in the 3rd row the 2nd row for headings and the third row for your first line of data. Adjust the width of the columns by catching and dragging the column lines to the size you want. At this point you are adjusting only three rows and Word will continue to use those sizes for the rest of the table. Add your column headings and if necessary readjust the column's sizes. You may run across somewhere in the index a name that will not fit and you need to readjust the columns sizes again. If that happens go to the first row (the blank one) and resize the columns there, otherwise Word will want to resize only the column you're in and the following ones.

Example of an index in a table:

Screen shot of page with tables


Splitting a Cell to use a Graphic

If somewhere in your table you want to include a graphic and type beside it you have to split the cell into two parts. Word will not allow you to type next to a graphic in a single cell.

Using your tab key add three rows. Leave the first row blank. Move to the 2nd row, right click in the cell you want to split, click on Divide Cell. Select to divide the cell into 2 parts. Insert your graphic in which either cell you want and type in the other. You can then continue with the table on the 3rd row. If you don't define the 3 rows before you split the cell Word will continue the table with the split cells and if you try to merge cells or insert rows you'll have a mess on your hands.

 Using Excel to Make A Table

You can use Excel to make a table. Excel will export as a table, you can copy & paste it to a word document or here's an excellent tutorial for using Excel to make several different kinds of tables (maybe reserve that for when you're a bit more experienced.).

Return Links or Next Links

On all subject pages you need to give the visitor return links to the subject TOC and your home page. If your information spans two pages you have to include a Next link. You can do this as I have done in this presentation using typed phrases or you can use graphics and turn them into a hyperlink.

Graphics in Subject Folders

Usually the number of graphics used for web pages within a subject folder is small and you do not need to set up a images folder within a subject folder. When you insert an image from your images folder Word copies the image and places it in the subject folder. If you are using a lot of images then it is better to establish a images folder and change your pointer on your pages to the images folder just as you did on your main page.

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