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Request template for a "plain" box

Hi, Steve. I would like to use a template for a text box quite often, where the text and the color may change. (The colors you allow in the Box template are great.) It should be a single cell, not one with a heading. Will you mind doing this? Thank you. AdkinsWH 21:47, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi Wilma, I have edited the template {{Box}} so that there is now a new parameter called header which if you set to =no will remove the header/title. I have added a new example at the bottom of the template description page showing this in action. Let me know what you think. --Steve (talk| contribs) 22:03, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
The idea is exactly right. The last box, however, was not orange. Maybe what I'm really asking for is the header part of the text box. AdkinsWH 19:43, 27 December 2011 (UTC) Being slightly color-blind, I did not at first see that the text box did have a soft color.
On further experimentation, Steve, it would be wonderful if we had the option of the text box alone or the header alone. AdkinsWH 20:59, 27 December 2011 (UTC)
HI Wilma, I have made some further edits (including examples) so that the darker colour defined in {{Box}} template can be used as the background in a text box. --Steve (talk| contribs) 13:27, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, Steve! You really are such a great asset to all of us. It looks beautiful, except that it leaves a pipe and a line or two before the box. See Overall objectives
My apologies Wilma the error was in the example, which I have now fixed. You do not need to start the template call with a pipe. I have removed these from Overall objectives. The space before the box is actually the style of the section before the box adding a bottom margin of 18px. --Steve (talk| contribs) 20:26, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Gravesend page

Steve, would you take a look at this talk page and see if you can help the contributor, or have someone else do that?  I'd really appreciate it. Talk:Gravesend St James,Kent Lynda 19:20, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi Lynda, I have added my thoughts about the issue raised on Talk:Gravesend St James,Kent page. --Steve (talk| contribs) 17:50, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, Steve! Lynda 17:57, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Census Template

I really like the template that you put on all the census sections. I think there is one missing thing. And that is a link to the County census page.


Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details about the Census. Many of the County census pages are not developed, but since Suffolk has one is it possible to just create a census template just for Suffolk. It has over 500 parishes. Donjgen 22:31, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
Hi Don, thank you for this. I have added, as you suggested, a reference to the Suffolk Census to Suffolk parish articles that have not had this section developed. --Steve (talk| contribs) 06:23, 27 January 2012 (UTC)


Parish History Template

Refer to the Suffolk Gazetteers for source material or England Topographical Dictionaries.

There are a number of Suffolk Gazetteers online as google ebooks that list good source material for every parish in Suffolk. A link to that page would point people in the right direction even if they don't edit anything. I have also notice England Topographical Dictionaries in the Google Books Section, so a page could be created to point people to this source. I think gone are the days when you go to a library and pull out a dictionary or gazetteer. Donjgen 21:23, 27 January 2012 (UTC)
I found a page that does have England Topographical Dictionaries. I have put a link to it. I don't like how it is named. There must be others, other then Samuel Lewis Donjgen 21:43, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks again Don for the suggestion. I have added a link to the Suffolk Gazetteers and England Gazetteers pages on the relevant Suffolk parishes. You are correct that the A Topographical Dictionary of England is just one of a number of reference works that could be used. --Steve (talk| contribs) 22:14, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Search and Replace Text

I guess this is something that I cannot do myself. Is it easy to target a combination of parishes with this instead of a county. As I have focused on Hoxne district in Suffolk, and other places, I find myself going to each parish in the district to change or add something. Donjgen 21:53, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Don, the Special:ReplaceText function is only available to admins. When using it it can be targeted by namespace and/or category. There is also the opportunity to review the "matches" and to "unselect" individual articles so that they are not changed. Is there a particular change that you would like me to help you with? --Steve (talk| contribs) 21:59, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

I have created this text in a number of articles in Suffolk. -- If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources -- I want it replaced with -- If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources -- The above text is in the section labeled RESOURCES


RESOURCES section is blank on most every page except the ones where I have put something there. Where Resources is blank put the following text:

 :Hi Don, I can see what you want to change. I would suggest a slight changes to the wording/links so that the links are more in context. For the resources section I would suggest something like
If you live in Suffolk you will have access to a variety of resources at local archives and libraries.  For those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at LDS Family History Centres.  Refer to the parish and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalogue for available records.


The last part takes someone to all the links to the catalog for every parish in Suffolk. The mouseover test encourages someone to replace that link with a direct link to the parish. So regardless whether they add a link or not they will see the links to the catalogue to the parish they are looking for.


the article Suffolk in the FHL Catalog and/or search in the Family History Library Catalog for Suffolk. Refer to FHL Catalogue and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalogue for available records.

Refer to Bedfield and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Hi Don, I can see what you want to change. I would suggest a slight changes to the wording/links so that the links are more in context. For the resources section I would suggest something like
If you live in Suffolk you will have access to a variety of resources available at local archives and libraries. For those who live further afield, you can access microfilm and online records at LDS Family History Centres. Refer to the article Suffolk in the FHL Catalog and/or search in the Family History Library Catalog for Suffolk.



CHURCH RECORDS section; I have changed some of the text in this section from the standard template text, so this change would not effect those articles.
Replace -- Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection --

To:    Parish Registers began in the 1500's and 1600's.  They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office.  There are Bishop Transcripts and Parish Registers that have been filmed for most parishes in the County.  See the Suffolk Church Record article for further details.
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, parish chest records, non conformist and other types of church records. Add links to parish collections found on the internet. Make reference to the Family History Library's collection.

If you think that the wording should be different then we should talk about that.
Donjgen 21:47, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Don, I can see what you want to change. I would suggest a slight changes to the wording/links so that the links are more in context. For the resources section I would suggest something like
If you live in Suffolk you will have access to a variety of resources available at local archives and libraries. For those who live further afield, you can access microfilm and online records at LDS Family History Centres. Refer to the article Suffolk in the FHL Catalog and/or search in the Family History Library Catalog for Suffolk.
For the Church records section I would suggest making use of the {{expand section}} template resulting in something like
Parish Registers began in the 1500's. They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office. There are Bishop Transcripts and Parish Registers that have been filmed for most parishes in the County. See the Suffolk Church Records article for further details.

Let me know what you think of these suggestions. --Steve (talk| contribs) 13:55, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

I changed the last part as actual online collections and a reference to catalog are different. I don't think it is a good idea to encourage people to link to the catalog. There will already be a link to the catalog in the RESOURCE section listing there holdings for the parish. Most of Suffolk's parishes have few catalog resources.
Since this there is a lot of text in this box is it possible to make it 1/2 a page instead of 1/4 page in length. Donjgen 20:05, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Don, thanks for the feedback. I do think it's a lot of information in the prompt and from what you say about there not being much in the FHLC, why not drop that last bit completely so that we put in


Parish Registers began in the 1500's. They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office. Parish Registers and Bishop Transcripts and have been filmed for most parishes in the County. See the Suffolk Church Records article for further details.
--Steve (talk| contribs) 22:17, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

near final version. I removed the link to the Suffolk Record Office since there is already a link in the Suffolk Church Records and in the Resource section. I'm not sure what other type of Church Records refer to since the parish chest records cover various types of records. Donjgen 17:51, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Don, I would recommend keeping a link to Suffolk Record Office. Currently this is a section within the Suffolk Archives and Libraries page, but as that page develops it could be split out to it's own article in the future. My opinion is that if it is relevant link to it again. I know Wikipedia has a guideline about only linking from the first reference, but an individual may only read one section and not the whole article. The reference to other type of Church Records, is a general statement which can cover anything not specifically spelt out in the previous sentence. It could be dropped if you don't think it really adds much. --Steve (talk| contribs) 09:58, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

I edited it again and it is a toss up as to the Suffolk Record Office Link. I put that link back into it. I would think in some time in the future the text will be changed and unique text will be in this section pertaining to each parish. I think it is ready. The Suffolk Church Records page goes into detail. If we come up with better text we can always search and replace it. Its a lot better than what is there now. Donjgen 16:45, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

OK I have actioned this request with the replacement text we came up with. As you are more familiar with these article please review them and let me know if everything is OK, or any adjustments are required. --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:05, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Resource Section

In the current form SUFFOLK is linked to twice in this paragraph to different places. The link to the Suffolk page should be removed.
I am of the opinion that the text in this section need not be uniform across all the parishes. There should be some variety that conveys the same message. Perhaps 1 in 3 should convey they same text.
I think a better option to have people understand what should be put in different resource sections would be to create a page with examples and link to that page. I'm not sure if people understand what exactly should go there. Donjgen 04:07, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Don, I understand the point you are making that two links, both with the single word "Suffolk" are linking to different places. My thought is that the word Suffolk on it's own should link to the article of the same name in the wiki. Perhaps the word(s) used for the other link could changed/expanded so that it includes the following text "Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog" as this would describe the resultant page found when the link is followed.
I also like you idea of setting up a page with examples of the text and links that could be added to the article. My suggestion would be to locate this as a sub-page of the WikiProject English parishes. Once created we could add a link in the relevant {{expand section}} templates to this guide/example. --Steve (talk| contribs) 17:36, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Table in Utah Experimental County

Yes, Steve! I would love the table put into a template where the data can change! Thanks for offering way back on the 8th. AdkinsWH 20:15, 23 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Wilma, I have created the template {{US County records}} which includes parameters so that the different data can be easily changed. I have swapped out the code used for this template in the article FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah Experimental County. --Steve (talk| contribs) 18:12, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

UK & IRL county pages

Steve, can I get your opinion on UK & IRL county pages?

When I originally created the Welsh county pages, I allocated a page title as simply the county name, e.g. "Flintshire"

Following discussion with others, I was persuaded to rename them to include the country, e.g. "Flintshire, Wales".

Last week another user renamed all of these pages back to just "County name" (causing loads of re-directs!). However I have to say that I still believe that this is the correct way to go! I notice there is a total lack of consistency here!

Ireland: "County name" e.g. "County Galway"

England: "County name", e.g. "Wiltshire"

Scotland: "County name, Country name" e.g. "Ayrshire, Scotland"

Wales: "County name, Country name" e.g. "Flintshire, Wales"

What do you think? --Bromaelor 13:52, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Bromaelor, my preference is that the counties for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales do not need the country to be included in the title or for that matter any major subdivision of any country. There is a guideline about Naming conventions and maybe we should propose that this is added to that article. For example none of the US states have "United States" appended nor do the provinces of Canada have anything but their name. I can not find anything written in the wiki that states it should be done one way or the other, but I can understand for practical reasons why counties in US states have the state name included - because of repetition of names in multiple states. For example Washington County. So it makes sense to do so for these counties but not when county names are better known and less ambiguous. --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:17, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Global search & replace

Steve, we have a deletion request for "Aalborg County, Denmark". There are many links to this page and most of them are like this: Denmark > Aalborg > Als . Janell said you might be able to do a global search & replace on these. Aalborg needs to be changed to Ålborg. Is there a way to do that? Lynda 23:01, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Lynda, yes there is a way to do this. I've now made the change and no pages now link to "Aalborg County, Denmark". --Steve (talk| contribs) 13:38, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!Lynda 15:10, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Adoption user boxes

Steve, if I understand correctly, adoption signs when put on talk pages change to something more akin to a userbox. Am I interpreting that correctly? Could you add something to the instructions about this? This is one of those instruction pages used by a lot of articles so I don't want to mess it up.... thanks! -- janellv (talk| contribs) 23:48, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Janell, Yes you understand correctly. There was already a note about this, but it could easily be missed if the documentation was skim read. I have changed the common documentation so that it now includes a proper example. This required a line of code to be added to each template. So I have also updated the main documentation for the mother template {{Adoption sign}}. Hopefully this revised documentation now makes the way the template behaves more clear. --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:55, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, I skimmed the instructions a couple times and missed them! That helps a lot. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 21:05, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

New User Box for Ireland

Steve: Would it be possible to make a user box with the flag of Ireland and a statement saying of Irish ancestry? Not a top priority, but if you find the time it wold be appreciated. Thanks Elder Knox 21:59, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Elder Knox, I have created a new template {{User Irish}} as requested.
Also I note that your edits since 28 Feb have been inserting unwanted javascript into the wikicode. My guess is that your system has been infected by some malware. You should therefore disable any browser extensions that you've recently installed. --Steve (talk| contribs) 12:24, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

English Parishes

I think we have a problem with people in the USA creating pages without really understanding the situation in the UK?

Take a look at these examples:

Shrewsbury Holy Trinity, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St Mary, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St Alkmund, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St Chad, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St George, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St Julian, Shropshire
Shrewsbury St Michael, Shropshire
Shrewsbury Holy Cross with St Giles, Shropshire

Are these pages really necessary??? None of them have any useful content (and probably never will?). I don't believe that they can ever be expanded without duplicating the contents of the page:

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

which is where all references to the individual parishes of the town of Shrewsbury should be placed.

I believe that this approach has been used for every town in England. Anyone can take a list of parishes and create web pages from it. But leaving these pages without any real content makes the site look shoddy! What do you think? --Bromaelor 13:29, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Bromaelor, I'm not certain but my guess is that a decision was taken to create parish pages based on the England Jurisdictions 1851 project. These articles were created with a basic structure (section headings) but with little specific content, with the idea that novice users were more likely to add details to an article that had been started than create a new one.
I agree that in urban areas, the research advice for neighbouring parishes will be virtually identical. I'm no genealogy expert and I accept that other may disagree. The way I have thought to deal with this can been seen in the example of my home town Bournemouth (this is not a complete example, there is more to be done). The main article for the town includes a list of the parishes and when they were created and the specific parish articles contain specific content about/related to each. Some of the default section headings can be removed as they suggest a need to repeat information which should be contained at the town or county level. These are my thoughts.
Some months ago I created the WikiProject English parishes which I hoped would become a place to discuss issues like this. I think it would be useful to set out what the best outcome for these articles and to write some guidelines to which future contributors to English parish articles can be pointed. --Steve (talk| contribs) 14:11, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
One nice thing about having a separate page for each urban parish is that each parish maintained its own records and keeping them separate simplifies the instruction. Parish registers, churchwarden's accounts, vestry books, and monumental inscriptions, for example, all apply to specific churches, rather than towns as a whole. Historically, London had 109 parish churches. It would be terribly complicated and messy to attempt to describe all the records from each of those churches on a single page for the city. Standard works, such as the Phillimore Atlas, split up towns into urban parishes like the Shropshire examples above. Murphynw 01:58, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

Closing div

Hi Steve -- I'm having problems with the closing div on pages such as York County, Virginia Genealogy

I've tried to close the section after the navigational box at the bottom of the page, but it keeps moving. Is this a known problem? Is there a workaround? It causes the links on the page to become unclickable when it moves. Thanks! Murphynw 20:08, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes this is a known problem (see Right hand navigation sidebar displayed below main content). It's a Rich Text Editor problem. I saw that you created {{Div stabiliser}} and only redirected it to {{closing div}} as they did the same thing. Unfortunately this doesn't always work. What I think happens is that the RTE see the opening div statement and sometime does not see the closing div so adds one in as it thinks it is missing. The only sure way to prevent it happening is to disable the RTE. --Steve (talk| contribs) 20:45, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
After responding here I looked again at the page and found that in addition to the problem mentioned above this page was also suffering from another known issue - links in a div section followed by a level 3 section heading are prevented from being clickable. The solution is to add the template {{-}} which clears the formatting and enables the links to work correctly. --Steve (talk| contribs) 20:54, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks Steve! I'll add the dash template to the pages where this is occurring.Murphynw 20:55, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Personal Family History Research

How would I go about creating this for my user page? Very nice! --McCormickMW 23:57, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Michael, the template that is used to create the family tree is {{Ahnentafel}}. --Steve (talk| contribs) 07:19, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

RTENOTITLE problem

Janell, says that you have been working on this issue and fixing the corrupt pages. Mark and I would like to help. What is the process that you are doing to fix it. Warren

The fix I proposed would not be appropriate if the rich text editor is downgraded to a previous version. My suggestion was that we could replace the templates used by people to prevent the older version of the RTE from removing images captions, by Substituting the template thus allowing the new RTE so see the captions in the code. Once we know what is happening to the RTE we can put that into action or the problem we go away. --Steve (talk| contribs) 17:00, 30 March 2012 (UTC)
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