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How to submit information
Many people have contacted us, asking the best way to submit information to the Tompkins County site. We are happy to accept your donated information in any format, but there are some things you can do to make it easier for us, and that will ensure that your information goes up on the website that much faster.
If you would like to donate material to the website, please email us. If you want more information about best formats for sending material, read on.
There are three types of records that people generally submit:
The best file format for genealogies and articles is .rtf, or Rich Text Format. Word and WordPerfect let you save in this format. A Word or WordPerfect file is also fine. These files can be converted quickly into a web page. Usually, you can create a genealogy with your genealogy program and save it as one of these formats. We have included instructions for some of the more popular programs:
This type of record includes any information that is best viewed as a table. The best format for these files is Excel or some other spreadsheet format. Spreadsheets can be very quickly turned into web pages. If you don't have spreadsheet software, you can also use Word or another word processing program to create a tab- or comma-delimited file. With a comma-delimited file, the information you type in would look like this:
Surname,Given Names,Dates,Notes Smith,Joe,1781-1845,son of John and Jane (Jones) Smith
You can also do this with tabs instead of commas (use one tab in each place where you would use a comma.) Please note that if you are using a spreadsheet to enter your data, you should not merge cells.
The best formats for photographs, post cards or maps are .tif or .jpg. Ideally, you should scan an image at 200 dots per inch or better, and if possible, save it uncompressed. If your file is very large, you may want to zip it with Winzip or StuffIt before you email it.
Steps for Producing a Descendants Chart from PAF 5.0
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