ANNOUNCEMENT: Proposed USGenWeb Bylaw Amendment

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Apr 25, 2021, 9:11:48 PM4/25/21
On April 23, 2021, the Advisory Board received a proposal from MNGenWeb to amend a USGenWeb Bylaw. The proposed amendment seeks to strike the requirement that all State sites must provide a link to the WorldGenWeb Project. By striking this as a National requirement, individual States will be free to decide if they wish to include this link on the State website. 

The proposed amendment is posted in full on the National website (second proposed amendment):

Five additional States are required to co-sponsor this amendment for inclusion on the upcoming National Election ballot. States that wish to co-sponsor this proposed amendment are instructed to notify the Advisory Board and CC

XVI. Amendment to Bylaws
C. The proposed amendment, with the sponsor's name and date of posting, shall remain posted for a period of at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual voting period of July 1-July 31.  Any proposed amendment shall require a minimum of five (5) states as co-sponsors to command that it be placed on the ballot.  State projects wishing to co-sponsor the amendment shall notify the Advisory Board and make an announcement on the USGenWeb-All Mailing List.

---------- Original Message ----------
From: David Gochenour <>
To: webmaster <>
Date: April 23, 2021 2:28 PM
Subject: Posting a proposal to the State Coordinator list

Hello, could you please post this proposal on the State Coordinator's list? Mike is really busy at the moment and asked me if I could help out. If you need anything else, let me know, since I've never done this before. :) I have sent it to Marsha to post on the national website.

Under the Amendment procedures listed in the Bylaws, MNGenWeb Project is proposing a Bylaw Amendment to revise Bylaw XII. State Projects Paragraph B as follows:

B. The state website shall include direct links to the county pages, The USGenWeb Project national website, The USGenWeb Project Archives (Digital Library) at both their own state and the national levels, The USGenWeb Project's Guidelines/Standards for county websites (which includes a link to the Official Project Name/Logo page), [and] The USGenWeb Project Copyright Information page(,) and the WorldGenWeb Project.

By removing the required link to the WorldGenWeb Project. 

Inserting the word ‘and’ in front of The USGenWeb Project Copyright Information page and adjusting the punctuation accordingly.


Tim Stowell, MNGenWeb State Coordinator

Karen De Groote, MNGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator

David Gochenour SC Nebraska  CC Cass County Nebraska CC Arthur County Nebraska CC Middlesex County NJ CC Esmerelda County Nevada CC Lake And Lafayette Florida

Linda K. Lewis
National Coordinator
The USGenWeb Project ℠

Christine Morton

Apr 25, 2021, 9:39:07 PM4/25/21
to webmaster,,,,,,,,,
I would like to know the reason that this amendment is being suggested.

Christine Morton
Texas Counties

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Apr 26, 2021, 8:03:13 AM4/26/21
to Christine Morton,
Christine and others,

The Advisory Board is following protocol to communicate when changes to our Bylaws are proposed. I see that a few of you have questions. Tim Stowell, the SC sponsor of this proposed amendment, is now added to the SWSC group to answer your questions about the rationale behind this proposal. 

Please feel free to discuss this topic and make your opinions known. 

Timothy Stowell

Apr 26, 2021, 1:20:19 PM4/26/21
The proposed amendment only applies to state sites.  It does not mean that state sites can no longer link to WorldGenWeb if they want to.  It would just remove it as a required link on state sites.

In 2017, one person associated with WorldGenWeb asked why it was a requirement for states to have the link since WorldGenWeb never asked for it.  Others said the topic seemed to come up each year but no one took the required steps to remove the requirement. 

Tim Stowell                                       

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