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Welcome

Hi [county] contributor. My name is Nathan Murphy. I'm reaching out to you because you have made contributions to the pages in [county]. I am part of the England Parish project on FamilySearch Wiki. We have plans in the works to add content to parish pages in [county] in 2014. The major addition will be links to websites that contain online transcripts and images of parish registers. We invite you to participate and join the England Parish project. Learn more.

Lancashire Key

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = FindMyPast.co.uk (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
JOIN = Joiner's Marriage Index (£)
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

New Wiki Contributor

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Create a FamilySearch Account
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Create User Page
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Volunteer to be a moderator
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Invite new contributors
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Mentor a new wiki contributor


Wiki Certification

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Create User Page
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Complete wiki training courses
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Attend an online wiki contributors meeting
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Add/Edit content
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  Add an internal link
  Add an external link
  Add an image
  Add a table
  Create a heading
  Create a page
  Add a reference (source citation)
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Volunteer to be a moderator
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Invite new contributors
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Mentor a new wiki contributor

Stage

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Complementary Colors

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Comments Requested

FamilySearch_Wiki_talk:WikiProject_New_York, Dsammy 03:05, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

County design

User:RitcheyMT/County page design sandbox

Census map ethnicity

http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/map?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1

Newberry Illinois boundaries list

http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Illinois/documents/IL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#ADAMS courtesy: Judy, Sammy, and James Tanner

Print friendly

Possible solution to poor Wiki printing capabilities suggested by Thomas MacEntee: http://www.printfriendly.com/.

Changing Pages

Thanks for fixing the links. David may contact you about the Main Page idea. I understand both sides, but we need to compromise so everyone feels comfortable. When you wanted freedom to change the pages gives me pause. Making the pages intuitive for you, may not be intuitive for me or someone else. And I would hope you would trust the people on our team. Changing it may do more harm than good.

One good news, we have come to a compromise on the Quick Facts/History. We are going to use Historical Facts for the opening section. Since on the Manual of Style discussion page they have said the Local History is to be called History. And most of us did not like Quick Facts. David Samuelson and Beth have been discussing this for some time, I have talked with Mike R. about it too.

Lisa has some great additions to Land Records. And Charlene will be tackling Taxes. The Achives or South Carolina has some early ones we need to mention.

Let us know how we can help you. I'm glad we get to highlight South Carolina. I'm saddened that the poster wasn't prepared for Illinois, I was hoping we could pass that out our booth. I pushed for the poster with Laurie and Linda.

pnh 15:59, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Update

I hope you saw the last email. Most of us have been pulled off on to other projects that have to be done yesterday. We are moving ahead slowly. Hope you are having some fun. Look at Charleston, David has split Charleston county. Let us know what you think.pnh 00:42, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Decisions

FamilySearch_Wiki:Community_Dialogue_Summary

FamilySearch_Wiki:Community_Dialogue_Chronological

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Main article

Main article: Loudoun County, Virginia


Pedigree charts on user pages

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How to run or manage a project

How to Run or Manage a Wiki Project

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Badges to advertise FS projects

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User Page Creation

I have created my user page, i'll update it when i have more publications and free time. Thanks for the welcome!

~HawkBlade124

Thank You

Thanks for your contributions to the Allegany County, Maryland page.  We have a FHC patron who came in last week, very excited to show us what he learned on the wiki and what he found in the digital collections of the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a result.  Being Catholic, he also pointed out to the us that Richmond (Virginia) is in that same Archdiocese. Good info! Now I just need to figure out how to incorporate that into the Richmond Virginia article...  I'm sure most of us wouldn't think to look in Baltimore, Maryland for Richmond, Virginia church records!  Lise 14:45, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for your multiple contributions to the Virginia portion of the Wiki. Those links will be very helpful to those researching. I hope that you come back often to share your knowledge. I see that you are new on the Wiki, so if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions, let me know! --Gregorybean Williamsburg VA 18:18, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Again, Thank you so much for your contributions. You have obviously spent a LOT of time contributing and I think it is amazing. Thank you so much. Gregorybean, Williamsburg, VA 02:30, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

Your template for the Virginia infobox at the bottom of Virginia pages is amazing. Thank you so much for building it. You are doing great things for this Wiki. Thank you. Gregorybean, Williamsburg, VA 23:28, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia template

Hi Nathan,

I have rolled back your recent edits to the {{Wikipedia}} template that had caused the links to be malformed. Before doing so I tried to understand what you were trying to change but could not figure it out. It just looked like using the FCK editor had caused some of the code to be converted from natural text to coded text ie &#124. I would be pleased to help make changes that are need, just reply to this message or add your comments to the template talk page. --Steve 05:52, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Text Wrap Issue on Virginia page

Hi Nathan,

Below that great clickable map of Virginia counties, the text to the Research Tools section was bleeding into the margins of the page.  I reset the width to 100%, which pulls it back to the size of the text above the map and nav box.  But I'm guessing your intent was to let that text fill the width of the map and nav box? If that's the case, 196% was too wide.  FYI.  Lise 12:22, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Adoption sign inside infobox with custom text

Hi Nathan, I've made progress with request to add custom text to adoption signs and also placing them inside the an infobox. Take a look at Yell County, Arkansas as an example of what can now be done. I would be please to hear your feedback. --Steve 15:22, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Steve, Hey that's fantastic. I think that's just what we were looking for. I don't know if Wilma's in today (it was Turkey Day here in the States yesterday), but I'll touch bases with her early next week and see if we can start spreading this new sign! It looks great. Thanks again. Murphynw 15:25, 26 November 2010 (UTC)


Thanks. I'm glad you like it. I have made the needed amendments to all the adoption sign templates so that they can now utilise the custom text field if required. I have also update the respective documentation. Look forwarding to hear from you and Wilma next week. Have a great weekend. --Steve 15:54, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Murphynw -- What category did you want to place these parishes into? The category selected is in red and has not been created. The title "County, Virginia" doesn't seem right. ccsmith 04:22, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks!

Nathan - thanks for your work to put the Louisiana parish court houses on each parish page. That was so needed and a welcome addition to each page. Best regards,  aberksan

Thanks from the Wiki:

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the “Anderson County Kentucky” page you helped create was a Featured Article, highlighted on the Main Page of the Wiki 8/12/11, and remained there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and have assisted others in finding their ancestors.
You have made a difference in research!

Stub Removal

Hi Murphynw

We at the FamilySearch Wiki would like to use this article,Pike County, Illinois, for a featured article on the Main Page of the Wiki. However, the word "stub" appears at the very top of the page. If you feel there is enough content to give researchers a good place to work from - we need YOU to remove the word "stub" from the article before we can feature it.
Thank you for your consideration.

Bo Gbo17 15:44, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Stub Removal

Hello Murphynw

We at the FamilySearch Wiki would like to use this article, Cado Parish, Louisiana, for a featured article on the Main Page of the Wiki. However, the word "stub" appears at the very top of the page. If you feel there is enough content to give researchers a good place to work from - we need YOU to remove the word "stub" from the article before we can feature it.
Thank you for your consideration.
Bo Gbo17 17:10, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Stub Removal

Hello again Murphynw

I realize I have already contacted you twice about the "stub" problem.  There are, however, more sites where you were at least a major contributor.  If the word "stub" appears on the site, we would ask if you could please remove it.

Bo Gbo17 19:52, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for Your Kind Comment

Thanks for you kind comment on my User page.

James L. Tanner 22:43, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Featured Article "Thank You"

Hi Murphynw

FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the Illinois|FamilySearchWiki:WikiProject Illinois page you helped create has become a Featured Article, highlighted on the Main Page of the Wiki, and will remain there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and will help others find their ancestors.
You have made a difference in research!


DarleneHagbergdarlene1 19:22, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Thank YOU / Your Article is Selected

Hi Murphynw,

The FamilySearch Research Wiki] is delighted to let you know that the Baltimore County, Maryland article you helped create will become a Featured Article that is highlighted on the Main page of the Wiki. It will appear there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work – you have given readers/researcher important access to records. Your contributions are appreciated and will assist others in finding their ancestors. You have made a difference in research!

Please note:

We invite you to do any enhancing, editing or changing to this article before we post it. If you are considering an edit we ask that it be completed by October 19, 2011. Within a few days of this date this article will post. If you feel that you do not want your article up as yet as a Featured Article please let me know. Thank you for your time and effort!

joy Wyzer17 14:30, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Headings on County Pages for Utah

Hi Murphynw,

We appreciate the discussions and decisions made by a community of experts and interested parties regarding headings on the county pages especially for New York and Illinois, We want to adopt many of those changes and adapt some specifically for Utah. Will you please review the page for FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah County Headings county headings in Utah and make comments on its discussion page?

Some volunteers for WikiProject Utah have already begun adapting the county pages. Your great suggestions will be implemented later, and we need to move now to prepare for a big push in January 2012.

Making your comments on the discussion page will allow for transparency, progress and improvement.

Thank you Wilma Adkins, WikiProject Utah manager; Marilyn Markham and Patsy Hendrickson, content specialists; and Dawne Hole and (Joy) Wyzer17, communications and volunteers liaisons.

Wyzer17 15:13, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

1890 Census

In first Project meeting, which was repeated from Illinois, decision was made, the information about the loss of 1890 census is to be removed from "Record Loss" and put in Census section, since NO ONE will look there for info about 1890 census. Dsammy 19:06, 5 December 2011 (UTC)


Hello Murphynw from Saguache214 - yr comment regarding St. Marylebone England 21Mar2012:  I went back and looked at what was done on that page.  It was a formatting change for the 'look' of the page rather than anything with the data.  I see that you did a rollback which would restore the page to its original 'look'.  My apologies for upsetting the norm of things.  I was doing wiki maintenance work.  Your scope of work is very, very impressive.  Thanks for being a wiki friend. Aloha - CIrwin Caroline Wolfgramm Irwin

Please fix the following links in the Southampton County, Virginia article

Hello Murphynw,

In going over the mentioned article, we have found, besides a ton of information, several links that either go nowhere or to the wrong place.  In Court Minute Book of 1842-1848 images, the link is not found.  In the Will Book #1  1747-1762,  the link for the images is ok but the one for the index Pt. 1 goes to the same place.  Then, in Will Book #6, 1804-1810, the "images" and "index" are also the same.  The Feature Article Committee would like to have these fixed at your earliest convienience.  Thank you for all you do.  FA Committee

St Mary Woolnoth.... and St Helen Bishopsgate Articles.

Hello again Murphynw,

The Featured Article Committee has been going through articles that have been nominated but not yet reviewed.  In the two above mentioned articles, it has been noted that, in the case of the St Mary Woolnoth...article, the section on the 1831 Census needs some work.  More substance.  In the case of the St Helen Bisopsgate article, The examination box needs to be removed.  Thanks again for all you are doing.

FA Committee

States with most county stubs

AK, AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, IA, IN, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, VT, WA, WI, WY (TX, WV)

Besides the U.S. County stubs, stubs most frequently appear on U.S. town pages that have been created and have little or no content.

Most U.S. state topic pages have graduated from being stubs.

Dead Links

Here's a program that Lee shared that spots dead links: http://validator.w3.org/docs/checklink.html

Characters that could distinguish if it's a free/paid site: http://fay.iniminimo.com/wingdings.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingdings


RED LINKS

In reviewing "South Carolina Emigration and Immigration" I see a number of "red" links in the Early Migration Routes section.  Can these be made "blue"?

Reordering sections with English parish articles

Hi Nathan, I see that some of your recent edits have include moving the Parish History below some of the other section headings. It would be helpful to document this change in thinking in the pages of the WikiProject English parishes. By doing so other contributors will understand why the change has been made, so that they can help make the changes. --Steve (talk| contribs) 16:25, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Tables listing online parish register images and indexes

Hi Nathan, I know you have been adding good content to many parish articles in the form of a table listing online sites that host images and indexes for parish registers (baptism, marriages and burials). I've been wondering if there was any reasoning behind the colours that you have chosen to use. The question I'm really asking is; are you open to a discussion about using a different colour scheme? Plus I'd be interested to learn how you are constructing the tables and if building them using a template would be a help or a hindrance to you. --Steve (talk| contribs) 16:32, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Dutchess County, New York

The FA committee has been reviewing some of the articles on the candidates list and are finding that some of them, although having a great deal of information, there are a few blank areas as well.  We would like you to visit the Dutchess County, NY site and see if some of these blank spaces might be filled in?  Thank you for all your work.  The FA Committee

Digital journals

Nathan, I've been deleting a lot of old short pages that are basically blank pages, but can't remember anything about the digital journals.  I've asked Sandra because she does so much of our maintenance work.  She is clearing out Portal pages right now.  Will let you know what I find out.Lynda 17:34, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Barbados Page

Hi Murphynw. Thanks for you feedback about adding a link to the Barbados page about a Latin American site from Texas. I must admit that I was a little skeptical myself about its value to a researcher. I dug a little deeper into the Latin American site and came to the conclusion that there was really nothing of significance there that would help a researcher. I did delete the link. A good question to ask when adding a link to the Wiki is “how will the linked site help one with their research.” Thanks again. Kehoemw 21:01, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Georgia project

Nathan, can you tell me the status of the Georgia project? Are you the project leader? Is it finished, or what percentage is?  Thx. averyld 16:38, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

It can be removed. I'm afraid it got cancelled. Murphynw 17:11, 29 December 2012 (UTC)Thanks! averyld 19:25, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

9th Virginia Infantry Regiment (Confederate)

Looks like this regiment should be a Calvary and not an Infantry. ccsmith

Delete

FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance

Farleigh, Surrey

Nathan,

It looks like you've worked on the Farleigh, Surry page. We've got an unresolved question on the talk page for it. Is there any area on the page that needs a reference or something? Is there really a copyright issue? I've a lot of these that need to be fixed. averyld 21:05, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

Kent_Parishes

Nathan,

I'm wondering if somebody could take a look at the Talk page for Kent Parishes and see if this problem has been resolved or if it can be. Thanks! averyld 21:54, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Nathan, thanks for your help on this page and Farleigh. I'll contact Allan Mann, per your suggestion. averyld 15:44, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Contributor Help

Nathan,

I've been going through pages that had the Historical Records template on them. Those were designed to help us alert the historical records collection team that there was a question they needed to address.  I found many that weren't really collection pages and I've changed those to the helpme template. Those are all questions from the Brits. I managed to clear out quite a few but there are 14 left. I'm wondering if someone could take a look at those and see if anything can be done with them. They're on the page. Thanks! averyld 15:50, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Sanpete County page

Thanks, Nathan, for the link to family maps you added. AdkinsWH 20:19, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Incorrect contents of probate register

Hi Nathan,

I was looking at the register of Danish probates for Frederksborg county, found at the URL below and mentioned in your August 2012 blog post:

https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1019165

In the description it claims to contain 10 parishes in the former Frederiksborg county, however the only parishes available when leafing through the 113 pages are (parish, county):
- Lille Lyngby, Frederiksborg
- Aarby, Holbæk
- Slaglille, Sorø
Only the first of these is mentioned in the description.

Likewise, the jurisdictions mentioned in the text are not as the description claims (in the text they are Sorø Akademi, Lerchenborg, Frb. Amtstue; the description mentions the old Kronborg county, Svanholm, Egholm, etc).

Is the description actually about a different register? I’ve tried to look at the registers to see if two were switched around, but it doesn’t appear so, and they don’t contain for instance Gilleleje-Søborg probate registers.

Regards,
Mikkel Eide Eriksen

Thanks for the pointer on my talk page! Mikkelee 18:39, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

New page- ‎How to Find New York City Marriage Records

Hi , was checking to see if this page ‎How to Find New York City Marriage Records was a lost or a duplicate page. Thank you for all your great work on the Wiki.

Mlyandle 14:39, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Wiki Cheatsheet

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Cheatsheet

Image:Akwrangell-petersburg.jpg

Just love the county maps you are placing all through the wiki. Just a couple of notes. There are parishes in Louisiana, and boroughs in Alaska. On the above file the location and description are not correct you have Aleutians East County, Alaska, USA. Thanks again for all the great work. Sandralpond 15:44, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Suffolk Drop down menu

Suffolk like all the other counties in England has a link at the top of the page to all the parishes in the county. I'm not sure what the logic is in putting 500 links on every parish page as well. Most of Suffolk parishes are poorly developed. To put a drop down menu with 500 links on every parish is a poor decision.
I've created a frame work on the Suffolk Civil Registration page that breaks down the parishes into hundreds and districts, nobody has yet to build on what I have created. Apparently I have to build the whole thing myself; infact, I have yet to see anyone improve on anything I have put on the wiki. I have worked on a limited number of parishes in Suffolk and what I have found is people altering my content to my dissatisfaction. With over 500 parishes in Suffolk one would think people would respect others contributions especially since over 75% of the parishes are underdeveloped. This idea of sending someone to put a simple wiki script {{Suffolk}} on every page lacks vision of how these pages will look like next year and thereafter. People should be developing and organizing the pages and not cluttering them. Donjgen 07:38, 2 December 2013 (UTC)

I somehow don't think that anyone envisioned a 500 link drop down menu on every parish page or perhaps no one did envision it, that links everything to everything. I created a frame work that connected the parishes by district. Donjgen 07:39, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

  • I was just reading the minutes of the Community Council and it seems there consensus is that the drop down menu should cover the local area of the parish such as a deanery or registration district Donjgen 02:43, 13 January 2014 (UTC)
Please see example of suggested way forward at FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject England/Navboxes --Steve (talk| contribs) 18:31, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Please see my discussion here: FamilySearch Wiki talk:WikiProject England/Navboxes. Murphynw 20:26, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Suffolk Parish Records Table

I notice that you have put a table on every parish with online coverage from various online services. It is a mistake to note all the online resources without mentioning the coverage of the Baptism and Marriage CD,s from 1754 to 1900 by deanery by the Suffolk Family History Society. I adjusted one of your tables some time ago on Laxfield, Suffolk Donjgen 02:53, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Question about Halifax All Saints/Haley Hill, Yorkshire on the Template Yorkshire

The Template:Yorkshire has the above page Halifax All Saints/Haley Hill, Yorkshire but there is nothing on the page. Should the name be All Souls in place of All Saints? Sandralpond 17:20, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

St Paul and St Matthew Parishes

We have received information that in the Boundary sections the links Berkeley_(1682-1768)_County,_South_Carolina and Charleston_District,_South_Carolina are incorrect on the following pages: St._Paul_Parish,_Georgia and St._Matthew_Parish,_Georgia. The patron states, "Charleston_District,_South_Carolina." Please address this issue as soon as possible and notify me if the patron is incorrect or when corrections are made. Thank you. Sincerely,Parrisl 21:39, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. The Beerkeley county did abut South Carolina but the Charleston district was on the opposite side of South Carolina. Parrisl 23:33, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Ecclesiastical Parish

Is this page, Ecclesiastical_Parish, a duplication of the already established Wiki page titled Ecclesiastical Parish (England) Ecclesiastical_Parish_(England) ? Parrisl 17:24, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Project New York Tasks - Vital Records: FamilySearch Catalog

Did you plan on using this page? You had put a redirect on the page. Sandralpond 18:38, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

I have no plans to use it. User:DiltsGD was NY Project Coordinator. Murphynw 21:16, 4 August 2014 (UTC)


Abandoned Wiki Pages

Hi Murphynw

In the wiki we are looking at wiki pages created or worked on by people in the wiki and we found your name mentioned:01:56, 27 October 2010 on this page:https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/index.php?title=Germany_Publications_in_Name_Search_at_Genealogical.com&action=history

We wondered if you were still interested in continuing to work on this page as it hasn't been worked on or looked at since:01:56, 27 October 2010 by you.

Thank you and we appreciate everything that you have done for the wiki. Take care and have a great day.

User:jnobbie

I made an edit. There is now content on the page. Best wishes, Murphynw 16:48, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
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