The topic for the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is: Doin' Things Right! The instructions say to "Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked."
The Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) has been in existence for over 20 years, and has collected about 150 five-generation pedigree charts that are in large notebooks stored in the society's file cabinet in the Chula Vista Civic Branch Library. Very few members know where they are, and even fewer look at them - ever!
In 2005, the Society decided to collect Ahnentafels (name lists) of the members and publish them on the society web page. A number of members ran their genealogy software programs, created an ahnentafel, and sent them to Randy Seaver and Shirley Becker to standardize the format. The edited files were then transferred to the Webmaster. Gary Brock had just signed on to be Webmaster, and he had a nifty indexing program called PICK that could take text and pick out names, then create an index that linked back to the place in the text.
Consequently, a Surname List that linked to each Ahnentafel was created. Here is the CVGS web page where surnames can be searched:
I clicked on the "A" letter, and the list of surnames starting with "A" is here:
So who does this Ahnentafel belong to? By going to the top of the Ahnentafel web page, you see:
The top line of the Ahnentafel says "Ancestors of 10002 Carringer." The number 10002 is a code number on a master list of Ahnentafel submitters. In this case, Randy Seaver submitted this Ahnentafel of his mother's ancestry.
As you can see, the third entry down the results list is "Ancestors of Carringer" and the link takes the searcher right to the place in the Ahnentafel list.