Since I am the first Family History student to ever participate in this internship forcredit, this has been quite a unique experience. I have to start out by saying that I am by nomeans a computer- or web-savvy person. The Joseph Smith Papers Project just happened tobe looking for a few people willing to work on the web development side of their project,and I was one of those willing to do it! And even though I am about to graduate, I had noidea that this web developing internship could apply so well to family history!Pretty much, a web developer helps to prepare documents to enter the web andalso helps control problems with the Joseph Smith website (www.josephsmithpapers.org).Before web content is released to the public, the interns go through each new page of thewebsite to make sure the text and images are correct and that there are no major problems.For my part of this internship, I am constantly working on one big project or another. Asidefrom checking web content, the major projects I have participated in so far include: work-ing with document transcriptions in an XML program, text verification, comparing biog-raphies of family members to make sure there are no discrepancies, and preparing a list ofless-common names to provide a starting point for their biographies.And how does this all apply to family history? Here’s how. Right now I am alsotaking Hist 434 – Computers in Family Historical Research and Publication. In this class,we are learning how to use computer programs and the web to publish our research; andthis is exactly what I am helping the JSPP do! This is a huge church history project that haseverything to do with family history. Because of this internship, I am learning great andinteresting ways to create, publish, and maintain a family history website! That is how thisinternship applies to my major! This internship is a great experience that every history andfamily history major should want to participate in.
When I first get to the Church History Center I would check in with JosephDarowski, my coordinator to see what he had planned for the day. I would then gosee Julia Woodbury to get folders that contained biographies or geographical biog-raphies, usually called bios and geos.On these I would generally be doing a few different things with. At first Iwas just seeing if we could find better primary or secondary sources for the infor-mation. This called on looking at the sources that the secondary and compiledsources used that we then used. After a little while I was also taking the bios andgeos from Pubman, their site that holds all the data, sources, writings, etc. and put-ting them in XMetal and then putting links and sources to show up on the websiteonce ready.At some point in the day I would also stop by Larry Morris and see if heneeded any proof reading for Docs 1, the upcoming book to be published. This usu-ally entailed looking at the historical introduction.In the afternoon I would do second level verifying with Joseph, which hasbeen reading from the actual document or the pictures of it while the other wouldcheck the format and wording in XMetal.
Angela: Our first Family His-tory Intern!Caption describing picture orgraphic.