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== Community Wiki Support Meeting Date & Time Change ==
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== Using Images on FHC and Society pages (5 Sept 2013)  ==
  
The meeting that has been held on Monday at 9:30 AM will now take place on Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  This will take effect on January 3, 2012.
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Family history centers and societies have often asked to show pictures of classes and activities on their wiki pages, showing an active and vibrant organization, but the policy of no images with living people on the wiki kept those from being approved.
  
== Contributor Help Gets a New Look - 7 October, 2011  ==
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We are excited to announce that the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Image use#Images_of_persons|Wiki Image Use policy]] has been adjusted to allow these types of images. As detailed in this policy:
  
If you frequently use the [[Help:Edit and Contribute|Contributor Help]] (Edit and Contribute) Page, you have probably noticed that it is sporting a much different look. The Support Team just finished a major redesign that we hope will make it much easier for contributors (and anyone else who finds them useful) to navigate the pages. All of the pages you are familiar with are still there, with the exception that we now have one consolidated page that has all the information for basic page editing. We are also excited to have a search function on that page that will just search the help content that you can find at the top of the [[Help:Edit and Contribute|Contributor Help]] (Edit and Contribute) page. In addition to all of the familiar pages and links, you can now find a link to [[Help:Resources and lists|Resources and Lists]], which will be a continually growing category, as well as a link to [[Help:Volunteer to help|Volunteer on the Wiki]]. This link will take you to pages that share ways you can volunteer to help with the care and support of the Wiki such as participating in a project, joining a committee, or even becoming an ancillary member of the Support Team. Don't forget, we have a new [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentors|Mentoring Program]] designed to help you should you want any additional assistance !
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#Living individuals should not be included in any images, with the following exceptions:  
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#*a headshot (only) of the contributor, only to be posted to the contributor’s user page;
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#*individuals that are not identifiable because they are in the far distance of the image or their backs are to the camera; or
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#*'''an image of a society, library, or family history center showing the facilities being actively used.'''
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#If living individuals are included:  
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#*Approval must be obtained from every person in the picture to post the picture publicly on the Wiki. If any of the individuals in the photo request that it be taken down, it will be removed from the site.
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#*The images must not include any of the situations in the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Image use#Grounds_for_immediate_rejection|Grounds for immediate rejection]] section
  
== Wiki Committee's have been created and need your help - October 2011  ==
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Use the guidelines on [[Help:Submitting images for approval|Submitting images for approval]] when submitting your image. 
  
Some new committee's have been formed to help with the support of the Wiki.  If you would be willing to share some time and your expertise with others, one of these committee's might be just for you.  Take a look and determine where you can help to keep the Wiki updated and accurate, as well as a place that researchers and contributors can rely on.  Check out the [[Help:Wiki care and support|Wiki Care and Support]] page today!
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== Wiki Mentoring Program is Born - 30 August 2011 ==
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== Non-English Wikis are growing (5 Sept 2013) ==
  
A Mentoring program has been established to help new users who may need personalized help with getting started in the Wiki or with specialized projects. &nbsp;To make this a successful program, we need experienced Wiki users who would &nbsp;be willing to act as mentors. &nbsp;See the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentoring|Mentoring]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentors|Mentors]] pages for further information on how you can help or be helped.&nbsp;
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Have you noticed that the other Wikis now have new main pages? See the new German and Chinese Wiki main pages just put up last Tuesday (3 Sept 2013). Other languages that have been up for a while: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Check them out.  
  
== Wiki Contributor Help Forum Added&nbsp;&nbsp; 3 May 2011  ==
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We are looking for contributors for these Wikis. If you have specialized research knowledge on any of these countries, we could sure use your research experiences in developing these non-English Wikis.
  
A new forum has been created especially for contributors to the Wiki to get your questions answered about how to do something, or how to fix a problem you are having.&nbsp; Visit the new forum at [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 Contributor Help Forum] to post a question, or maybe help another contributor by answering&nbsp;one.&nbsp;&nbsp; You will also find links to the forum posted on the Help pages.<br>  
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== FamilySearch Wiki Reaches a Milestone 50,000 articles! - 15 March 2011<br>  ==
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Congratulations are in order! Last Thursday, the 50,000th FamilySearch Wiki article was created. We've come a long way since the first 800 articles were created based on the FamilySearch Research Outlines three years ago.<br>
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== New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)  ==
  
Most of all, many thanks go to the wonderful users and and contributors to the FamilySearch Wiki. We would not be where we are today without all of your help and contributions. It certainly won't take another 3 years to complete the next 50,000 articles. We look forward to working with you towards 100,000!
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A [[User:WikiSupport/Home Example|new wiki home page design]] is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the [[User talk:WikiSupport/Home Example|Talk page]].  
  
 
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== Family History on TV - 7 March 2011 ==
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== Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012) ==
  
*I don't know when this new page was added, but today I noticed the link at the bottom of the [https://learning.familysearch.org/ Learn] page. When visiting FamilySearch.org, click on the [https://learning.familysearch.org/ Learn] tab
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The [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Wiki Community Council]] has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.
*At the bottom of this screen you will also see the link to [http://familytech.familysearch.org/ Family Tech] that was added during the [http://rootstech.familysearch.org/ RootsTech] conference.
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*Under the [http://rootstech.familysearch.org/ Family Tech] link there is a new line of text that includes the link to the new page:
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::*[https://learning.familysearch.org/who-do-you-think-you-are-and-family-history Family History on TV]
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Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.
  
*Towards the middle of this new page there is a link that says:  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Learn more about the Council and its charter]]
*Read more about Television Shows and Family History – guess where this takes you?
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council/Members|See who the members are]]
*You’re right . . . the Wiki&nbsp;!!!
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council/Requests|Make a request of the Council]]
*Enjoy the new content on both the [https://learning.familysearch.org/who-do-you-think-you-are-and-family-history Family History on TV] page and the corresponding wiki page, [[Television Shows and Family History]].
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== Another way to search the wiki -21 Feb 2011  ==
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The [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ Family-ology] website has a tab labeled [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ResearchWiki.aspx?title=utah&ns=0 Research Wiki] that can be used to view alphabetical lists of the content pages available in the wiki. Plus, they also provide a search feature! Check it out!
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== Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012)  ==
  
== RootsTech news reports mentions the Wiki - 20 Feb 2011  ==
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Calling all Wiki contributors,
  
*[http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/60506/RootsTech-Conference-Convergence-brings-new-technological-uses.html RootsTech Conference: Convergence brings new technological uses] Gadgets, Internet are boon to genealogists.
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The creation of a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Council|Wiki Community Council]], made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:  
*[http://www.taneya-kalonji.com/genblog/managing-rootstech-knowledge Managing RootsTech knowledge] - a [[RootsTech 2011|new page in the wiki]] was created to capture RootsTech presentations
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*[http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/rootstech_the_history_of_your_family_is_in_the_fut.php RootsTech:&nbsp;The History of Your Family is in the Future]
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*[http://idogenealogy.com/blog/2011/02/12/rootstech-day-2/ RootsTech - Day 2] - mentions Wiki engineer Don Stringham's presentation of creating Wiki templates
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/02/rootstech-ketchup.html RootsTech Ketchup] - ok, now we're really stretching, but it's still an interesting article
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*Add additional articles as they are discovered.
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== Wiki Contributors Corner Forum&nbsp;- 22 December 2010  ==
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*To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.
  
Wiki page Moderators and Adoptors!&nbsp;Stay up-to-date and give your input on issues that matter to you on the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=81 Wiki Contributors Corner Forum].  
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While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.  
  
== Update from Search Product Management - Pilot vs Beta - 8 November 2010  ==
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It is finally time to create this Council. A [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TIE1D-p7Spzv1fs2H263J6LDiyj1Ez_YFIRaBPYzCBE forum thread] includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.
  
An upate written by Robert Kehrer, the product manager for beta search [http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch/topics/update_from_product_management_pilot_vs_beta about the Pilot and Beta search functions] has been posted to [http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch Feedback and Community Support site].  
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We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to {{email|researchwiki@familysearch.org}}.  
  
== Watch and Unwatch Bug - 9 July 2010  ==
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[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?p=12729#post12729 The following notice was posted on the Forum 9 July 2010]:
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== New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012)  ==
  
Some maintenance updates were installed on the wiki Thursday night (last night). As a result, a new bug was introduced that impacts the Watch/Unwatch feature in the wiki. Here’s a brief description of what you will experience:
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Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?
  
When you are watching a page, the Unwatch link shows up (like it always does). Due to the bug, the Watch link will still be there, even though you are already watching the page (this is the bug).  
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When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit! &nbsp;When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.<br>
  
However, if you are not watching a page, you will only see the single option to "Watch" the page. You will not see the additional "Unwatch" option.
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The engineers have isolated the problem and identified a fix. They will be testing the fix and installing it to the live wiki site once the testing is completed.
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== Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change  ==
  
Thanks to everyone for quickly reporting the problem. As a result of your watchful eyes over the wiki, we were able to quickly call in the troops and work toward the solution in a timely manner!
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*Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
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*Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon. &nbsp;It will &nbsp;now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm&nbsp;
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*Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
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*This change will take place on '''28 June, 2012'''.
  
 
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See also, [[FamilySearch Wiki:Technical Meeting Agenda 26 October 2010|Technical Meeting Agenda for 26 October 2010]].
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== Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)  ==
  
== Wiki Success Stories  ==
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[[Image:Spy glass icon.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Spy glass icon.jpg]]Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.
  
Have a Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|success story]] to share with the community? We want to read about it!
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--[[User:Carolbmoss|Carol B. Moss]] 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
  
== Having difficulty signing in or combining accounts?  ==
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'''Tell us at '''[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 '''Tech Support'''] on the Forums. The <u>fastest</u> way to get help! We are listening.
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== Newly Published Collections on Family Search  ==
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08/18/2010 FamilySearch announces many more collections added to Historical Records, totalling 200 million names. Included are the 1910 US Census (additional data, still in progress), various additional data from vital records in several states, and about half this total is from 18 different other countries. This is said to have made familysearch.org's collection nearly the largest international family history data resource known at present.
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October 2010 new collections for Historic Records are now only published in FamilySearch Beta as the closure of the Record Search site approaches FSbeta may be found at: http://fsbeta.familysearch.org
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New collections added 20 October 2010 <br>[[Ghana 1982-1984 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>[[Idaho County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional indexes and images added<br>[[Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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28 October 2010
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[[Germany, Ludwigshafen Church Family Registers Extraction (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Norway 1875 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional image included
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[[Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional images included
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[[Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;additional indexes and images added
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[[Minnesota State Census, 1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;new indexed records
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U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 1,973,884 indexed records and 52,150 digital images added
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New Collections added 29 October 2010
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[[Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Honduras Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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New Collections added 5 November 2010
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[[Canada Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Rhode Island 1905 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Spain, Cadastre of Marquis of Ensenade (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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a further 15 collections were reworked or added to
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New Collections added 9 November 2010
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[[Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Live Chat is now available to Wiki Users (9 Jan 2012) Update (18 June 2012)  ==
  
[[New York, Naturalization Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]&nbsp;Eastern District
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Phone support has been added and is functioning. &nbsp;Follow the instructions below, and the hours remain the same.
  
[[Oklahoma Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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Anyone needing personal help with the Wiki can now initiate a Live Chat with a Wiki Support person. &nbsp;The best method is to go to [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]:
  
[[United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:#For phone support, Use Option 3, ResearchHelp and then Option 3 again for the Wiki.
  
[[Arizona Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Note''': &nbsp;This option will not work with Chrome. &nbsp;Your browser must be Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  
3 December 2010
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Live Chat will be available as follows: (All Mountain time)
  
FamilySearch Historical Records added collection 500 [[North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Using Images on FHC and Society pages (5 Sept 2013)

Family history centers and societies have often asked to show pictures of classes and activities on their wiki pages, showing an active and vibrant organization, but the policy of no images with living people on the wiki kept those from being approved.

We are excited to announce that the Wiki Image Use policy has been adjusted to allow these types of images. As detailed in this policy:

  1. Living individuals should not be included in any images, with the following exceptions:
    • a headshot (only) of the contributor, only to be posted to the contributor’s user page;
    • individuals that are not identifiable because they are in the far distance of the image or their backs are to the camera; or
    • an image of a society, library, or family history center showing the facilities being actively used.
  2. If living individuals are included:
    • Approval must be obtained from every person in the picture to post the picture publicly on the Wiki. If any of the individuals in the photo request that it be taken down, it will be removed from the site.
    • The images must not include any of the situations in the Grounds for immediate rejection section

Use the guidelines on Submitting images for approval when submitting your image. 


Non-English Wikis are growing (5 Sept 2013)

Have you noticed that the other Wikis now have new main pages? See the new German and Chinese Wiki main pages just put up last Tuesday (3 Sept 2013). Other languages that have been up for a while: French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish. Check them out.

We are looking for contributors for these Wikis. If you have specialized research knowledge on any of these countries, we could sure use your research experiences in developing these non-English Wikis.


New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)

A new wiki home page design is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the Talk page.


Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012)

The Wiki Community Council has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.


Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012)

Calling all Wiki contributors,

The creation of a Wiki Community Council, made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:

  • To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.

It is finally time to create this Council. A forum thread includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.

We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to researchwiki@familysearch.org.


New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012)

Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?

When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit!  When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.


Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change

  • Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
  • Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  It will  now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm 
  • Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
  • This change will take place on 28 June, 2012.


Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)

Spy glass icon.jpg
Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.

--Carol B. Moss 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)


Live Chat is now available to Wiki Users (9 Jan 2012) Update (18 June 2012)

Phone support has been added and is functioning.  Follow the instructions below, and the hours remain the same.

Anyone needing personal help with the Wiki can now initiate a Live Chat with a Wiki Support person.  The best method is to go to FamilySearch.org:

  1. Click on "Ask for Help" at the bottom of the page
  2. Then click on" Contact FamilySearch" on the right hand side of the page
  3.  "Click here to start an online chat"
  4. A list of options will appear.  Wiki is number 8 on the list.
  5. For phone support, Use Option 3, ResearchHelp and then Option 3 again for the Wiki.

Note:  This option will not work with Chrome.  Your browser must be Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Live Chat will be available as follows: (All Mountain time)

  • Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM