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Note: Before performing the steps on this page, be sure you:

  1. Create a RAOGK account/username.
    It's free, and is a one-time action. You have greater anonymity and it's easier for other contributors to ask you questions and help you.
    Upon completing your user account, you will land on your User Profile page. (See Modify your User page).
  2. Log in
    Once you are logged in, your user name (display name) appears in the upper right corner of the screen.

These steps are provided if ... and only if ... you want to add/modify information about yourself. Otherwise, RAOGK can/will always be willing to make the changes you need just by sending an email to RAOGK

I will do free obituary looks for DuBois, Pennsylvania at the DuBois Public Library.  I also have access to the Clearfield Progress through two different online souces but will not do physical lookups in Clearfield.  I also have some access to Reynoldsville, Punxsutawney and nearby town newspaper.  Just email me and I'll see if I can help.    bkkopshina@yahoo.comEdit

Modify Existing Volunteer InformationEdit

The instructions below are for volunteers whose information already appears in a state table but who need to create an link for their name and/or whose description needs to be modified.

salazarswife@cox.netEdit

These instructions are for volunteers whose name and volunteer services appear in a state table but their name does not link to their email address so that researchers can contact them. These instructions allow them to "activate" a link for their name. This opens a Create or Edit a Link dialog box, that has two fields: Note: Be sure to click the To an External Link radio button.
Line 1 (Target Page or URL) should now have your actual email address (in red):

mailto:your-NEW-email-address@provider.xxx?subject=RAOGK-Req%20Research%20Request%20&body=Your%20Request%20Here

Note: See the instructions above for an explanation of the "codes" in this step.

  1. Navigate to the page your information appears on.
  2. Click the Edit icon (pencil) above the table that lists volunteers for that state (or part of the state)
    This takes you into the Visual (graphical) editor -- a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
    The Visual editor does not require you to know any "codes" ... you simply use the buttons at the top of the page, like you would in an email, instant message, or Word document.
  3. Position your cursor in the row where your information appears.
  4. Highlight your name (or display name).
  5. Click: the Link button (looks like two chain links).
    • First field (Target Page or URL): shows your existing email address in the table
    • Second field (Text to Display): the text to display for the link
  6. Copy and paste the text below into the first field (Target Page or URL):
    Note: Don't let all the characters and special characters scare you. (Just follow the instructions.)
    Line 1 should display something like the following, where the red text indicates the existing email in the table.
    mailto:your-EXISTING-email-address@provider.xxx?subject=RAOGK-Req%20Research%20Request%20&body=Your%20Request%20Here
  7. Change ONLY the red text to your actual email address in the Target Page or URL field/line (leave everything else on the line as is and NO spaces between any characters):
  8. Leave the second line (Text to Display) as is (unless you want to change your display name -- e.g., the name researchers see).
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. Click the Preview button (below the Edit Summary field and beside the Publish button. (If the preview looks good, proceed with the next two steps; if not, edit the info as necessary.)
  11. Fill in the Edit Summary field, indicating why you are adding/modifying your entry.
  12. Click the Signature button (button looks like handwriting) to sign your edit/modification to the page.
  13. Click the Publish button.


To change your existing email linkEdit

These instructions are for volunteers who have a listing in a state table, with an active email link, but who have changed email providers, created a new RAOGK email, etc.

  1. Follow Steps 1 through 5 above.
  2. SKIP Step 6.
  3. Follow Steps 7-13 above.

To change your existing volunteer servicesEdit

These instructions are for volunteers who have a listing in a state table, who want to change the services they are willing to provide.

  1. Navigate to the page your information appears on.
  2. Click the Edit icon (pencil) above the table that lists volunteers for that state (or part of the state)
    This takes you into the Visual (graphical) editor -- a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
    The Visual editor does not require you to know any "codes" ... you simply use the buttons at the top of the page, like you would in an email, instant message, or Word document.
  3. Change the wording for the services you are willing to offer.
  4. Click the Preview button (below the Edit Summary field and beside the Publish button. (If the preview looks good, proceed with the next two steps; if not, edit the info as necessary.)
  5. Fill in the Edit Summary field, indicating why you are adding/modifying your entry.
  6. Click the Signature button (button looks like handwriting) to sign your edit/modification to the page.
  7. Click the Publish button.

To delete a row in a Volunteer tableEdit

If you don't want to volunteer anymore, you can delete the row with your name and services.

  1. Navigate to the page your information appears on.
  2. Click the Edit icon (pencil) above the table that lists volunteers for that state (or part of the state)
    This takes you into the Visual (graphical) editor -- a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
    The Visual editor does not require you to know any "codes" ... you simply use the buttons at the top of the page, like you would in an email, instant message, or Word document.
  3. Position your cursor in the row below where your information appears.
  4. Right-click the row where your cursor is located. A context-sensitive menu opens.
  5. Select Row.
  6. Select Delete Rows.
  7. Click the Signature button (button looks like handwriting) to sign your edit/modification to the page.
  8. Fill in the Edit Summary field, indicating why you are deleting your entry.
  9. Click the Publish button.

Advanced Editing (for volunteers and admins)Edit

The Advanced editor shows the coding applied behind the scenes when someone creates/modifies something with the GUI editor. (The Advanced Editor is similar to using Word Perfect and peering into the reveal codes.) For anyone with HTML experience, you can also use most HTML codes.

The Advanced editor has the following buttons to assist in formatting:

  • Bold (highlight your text and click this button)
  • Italic (highlight your text and click this button)
  • Internal link (links to a page w/n the RAOGK wiki)
  • External link (links to a internet page)
  • Level 2 heading
  • Embed a file
  • Link to a file
  • Mathmetical formula
  • Ignore wiki formatting
  • Insert your username signature and timestamp (for signing an edit)
  • Insert a horizontal rule (use very sparingly)

To access the Advanced Editor, click the Source tab (to the left of the Visual tab).

To hide a row in a Volunteer tableEdit

You can hide the row with your name and services if you are taking a vacation, family issues, etc. where you can't accept research requests for a period of time. By hiding the row, you can return from vacation and unhide the row.

  1. Sign in to the wiki... notice that your username appears in the upper right corner of the page once signed in.
  2. Click the Edit (Pencil icon) link
  3. The GUI editor opens.
  4. Click the Source tab.
  5. Find your name in table (Ctrl + F, type your name, and press Enter)
    Each CELL of the row is preceded by a "|" sign.
    End of row appears with a "|-" sign.
  6. Place cursor BEFORE the "|" for the first cell (county) of the volunteer's row/information
  7. Type the following BEFORE the "|" symbol:
    <!--COMMENT ... temporarily hide due to 2 month vacation.
  8. Type the following right AFTER the end of volunteer's description:  -->
  9. Type a comment in the Edit Summary field -- i.e., hiding my description while on vacation.
  10. Click the Publish button.


To UNhide a row in a Volunteer tableEdit

After returning from vacation you can unhide the row with your name and services so that you can now accept research requests again.

  1. Sign in to the wiki... notice that your username appears in the upper right corner of the page once signed in.
  2. Click the Edit (Pencil icon) link
  3. The GUI editor opens.
  4. Click the Source tab.
  5. Find your name in table (Ctrl + F, type your name, and press Enter)
    Each CELL of the row is preceded by a "|" sign.
    End of row appears with a "|-" sign.
  6. Remove the comment line created in step #7 above:
    <!--COMMENT ... temporarily hide due to 2 month vacation.
  7. Remove the end of comment symbols created in step #8:  -->
  8. Type a comment in the Edit Summary field -- i.e., hiding my description while on vacation.
  9. Click the Publish button.

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