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Share Your Ideas

The purpose of the Wiki is to help people—beginners and experts alike—with genealogy and family history research.

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You probably have suggestions or knowledge that can help others with Arkansas research, such as records housed in a library or even someone's home; additional websites with indexes or images; tips on using a specific set of records; lesser-known records, and more.

Do you have ideas to make the Wiki information clearer? Is there something you would like to add or update? Share your knowledge by adding to the Wiki. How to Make Your First Edit

Click to use a form to submit content, or add your suggestions below:

Completed suggestions:

  • Done: Create a page for Arkansas Migration. It would include trails, railways, rivers, canals. It would be nice to see ways my people may have gone in and out of Arkansas.

Add or Update Content

Below are suggested projects to enhance content on the Arkansas state and county wiki pages. Summary:

Cemeteries
Communities in each county
County Seat pages
Glean Links to Records
This includes FamilySearch Historical Records Collections, Ancestry.com, and state/local libraries and archives
Make a history timeline for each county
Societies
Websites

Cemeteries

Add links to the cemetery chart so that the information is specific for each county. User:Gbo17 13 August 2014 (UTC) did this manually.

  • User:Wyzer17 is testing the updating through Excel, which will be much faster. She is also going to do instructions for this project, so it can be done for other states, including consulting with the state moderator. AdkinsWH 17:58, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

Communities in Each County

  • Communities listed in the FamilySearch Catalog: This has been completed for Arkansas by User:Karenmunger Nov 2014
  • Communities in the county. Having access to the list of communities in each county will be helpful for users, especially when they know the town, but not the county.
    • See example
      • Please DO NOT create Wiki pages for towns except County Seat(s).
    • Make one link to the county in Wikipedia, using the template in this manner:
{{Wpd|Johnson County, Arkansas#Communities}}
Which gives this link: Johnson County, Arkansas#Communities
  1. (Optional) While NOT IN EDIT MODE, copy names of towns and communities in the county from Wikipedia
  2. In Wikitext, paste to the county page.

County Seat Pages

  • Make sure link on the infobox is to Courthouse images and information at Arkansas Ties
    • Progress: Johnson County

Glean Records and Links

  1. Slide down and click Show all [54 at the time of this writing]
  2. Bypass the United States items
  3. Please post the items for specific counties. Here's an example you may follow: [[ .
  4. For the Arkansas statewide items, check the wiki pages for those Arkansas topics. If the item is not there, please post it.
  5. If it is a browse-able collection, please post to the specific counties -- and make the link go to the waypoints for that county, not the entire collection. For an example, see [[ . Notice that the link goes to the records for that county only.
  6. The question now is whether to 1) post the indexed statewide items onto specific counties or 2) simply be sure that the "Intro" template for that topic sends the user back to the state page which features online records.
    1. How to decide? If there is a "Coverage table" for that collection:
    2. Does the coverage seem pretty good for each county? Just keep it on the state page
    3. If coverage seems spotty, post it on the state page AND the county page for those counties represented.
  • Ancestry.com phase 2
  1. Click Search, select Search all records from the drop-down menu, and click Arkansas
  2. Go through the list on the right county-by-county
  3. Check the wiki page for each county to see if the record is listed already.
  4. After doing a few counties, you may decide that too many are already posted to make this worth your time. If so, please indicate (here) where you left off, so others can continue if they wish. Also please indicate about how many new postings you made to that point.
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Records, indexes, and information about them may be in local libraries or societies, on the Internet, or in possession of businesses or individuals. People need to know about those sources.

Following are a few projects for linking to online sources and shedding light on lesser-known collections:

  • Repositories - what's in a repository of genealogical interest for Arkansas?
    • Be more specific (under the appropriate state/county topics) about what they have for AR, unless they are adequately described in Arkansas Genealogy Local Resources
    • Arkansas History Commission
    • Downtown Branch Central Arkansas Library System
    • Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
    • University of Arkansas
    • National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth
    • Dallas Public Central Library


History Timeline for Each County

  • Create the history timeline on the county home page (2014 format)
    • This has been started for some AR counties.
    • Use a county history or glean from the history area of each county and town in Wikipedia
    • List year first, then month and day to make it easier for users to glance down for the years they need.
    • List events that had an impact upon:
      • Records, such as wars which created records, natural disasters that destroyed records
      • People. Perhaps a railroad or canal, that affected migration to/from the county.
      • Other major events will be appreciated, bearing in mind that users may avoid too long a list.
    • Please reference the source using <ref> and </ref> codes.

Societies

Wiki users really need to know about local societies. Their members have created indexes of records, collected family information, and have good knowledge of what exists for their area. Such a valuable resource should be mentioned on every county.

  • Use Census Finder's Arkansas Genealogy Society Directory to add the historical/genealogical society to each county's Societies area
    • Post information in the wiki of records, databases, indexes, unique collections, etc. that they may have
    • Example (not completely true):
  • Johnson County Historical Society, (address)
    • Holdings include files of newspaper and other clippings arranged by names and subjects. They also maintain an Excel file on the computer for tracking their holdings.
    • Link did not work for Boone County Genealogical Society

Websites

This area helps wiki users find information that may not be on the wiki pages yet.

  • Websites in 3 areas of county pages (These are being done by User:Karenmunger as of Dec 2014
  1. Johnson County, Arkansas Courthouse area 1) Get links to County Clerk and other offices mentioned under Courthouse.
  2. Libraries area
  3. websites area

Reformat pages for software update

The Wiki Content Team will practice with the Arkansas state and county pages into the new format as soon as the beta system is back up. Expected late 2014 or early 2015.

Wanted Pages

A "Wanted Page" is a page that doesn't yet exist, but someone created a link to it, showing that they want a page on that topic created. For online classes to learn how to create a new page or wiki article click here: [a Wiki Article], [Searching for and Creating Articles.

Follow the red links below to create a requested Wanted page: (blue links=completed)

Scheduled Maintenance

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Maintenance - Glean Records and Links

  • Ancestry.com phase 1 -- Done by User:Gbo17, June 2014.
  1. Do a search of their Card Catalog for items with Arkansas in the title.
  2. Copy all the results to an Excel spreadsheet
  3. In separate columns, identify each item as Statewide or specific county(s)
  4. In another column, identify the genealogical topic for each item. (See the list of topics on the state page or on the Johnson County, Arkansas page)
  5. Go to the specific county or state topic. If the item needs to be added, please use this format:
  • Ancestry.com: Glean Arkansas items from Ancestry.com's Catalog and post them to the state or county under appropriate topics.

Histories (Online) for Each County

  • Find online editions, cite and link to them for each county. For histories with several biographies, mention it under both History and Biographies. Completed Oct 2014 by User:Karenmunger

Maintenance - Websites

  • Update 3 Websites areas: 1) Courthouse, 2) Libraries, 3) Websites (1st project completed Nov 2014 by User:Karenmunger)
    • Why needed? In Nov 2014, Courthouse area: very few official websites were found for county officials. This may change and should be updated at that time.

Meet and Talk

Other Wiki projects

If there are other areas of the FamilySearch Wiki you would like to volunteer for, we have a Wiki Help Wanted page that lists additional projects and areas where help is needed.

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