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== '''General Projects'''  ==
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In the Wiki, you will find:
  
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| Help to make the "Getting Started"&nbsp;pages for Wiki users work better for new users:<br>
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:*New Wiki Users/Researchers:&nbsp;Focus on HOW&nbsp;to use the Wiki
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:*Wiki Contributors:&nbsp;Focus on how to GET&nbsp;STARTED contributing to the Wiki
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:*Community:&nbsp;Give resources for how community users can connect more easily with each other; restrict links to only those that relate to community discussion and collaboration
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::*[[Help:Tour|Wiki Tour]]
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::*[[Help:Edit and Contribute|Edit and Contribute]]
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::*[[Community Center|Community Center]]
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'''Is anything being done with this? Tour &amp; Edit &amp; Contribute done - no feedback yet on Community Center'''  
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'''You won't search for individuals&nbsp;'''in the Wiki - instead,&nbsp;search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>
  
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To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:  
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| In progress - see talk pages of these links
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| Encourage use of citations '''or this?'''
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:#Think about what you want to know about the ancestor
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:#Consider the location where that event may have happened
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:#Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
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:#Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
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:#Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
  
== '''Community Involvement Projects'''  ==
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It is helpful to know:
  
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== Valuable Resources  ==
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| Evaluate Wiki Community Meetings<br>
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:*Name and functions of Tues 1pm contributor meetings&nbsp;
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:*Evaluate purpose and topics of Thurs 2pm contributor meetings '''(needs to be decided quickly. &nbsp;discuss in Help meeting - add researchers?) &nbsp;Jane is trying to come up with a class schedule of 4 classes'''
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Additional research advice can be found on:  
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| In progress<br>
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| [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Dialogue Summary|Creation of Talk Digest]]/place to [[FamilySearch Wiki:Tech Support Suggestions|track community suggestions]]<br>
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:*Need to come to consensus and build - what is it supposed to be? '''(nothing since June - do we need to advertise this page? &nbsp;Does anyone know about it?_ talk to Jane about this one - decision to not keep up page'''<br>
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*[[Help:Tour|Get started in the Wiki]]
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*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
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*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]
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*[[Identify What You Know|Identify What you Know]]
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*[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]
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*[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki: A Case Study](video)
  
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One of the following articles can help you [[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]] for a puzzling:
  
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*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]
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*[[Guessing a Date|Date]]
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*[[Guessing a Place|Place]]
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Record Type to Use]]
  
== '''Help Content'''  ==
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For information about contributing to the wiki:
  
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*[[The Vision: Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Accuracy and collaboration|Accuracy and collaboration]]  
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*[[Content Organization, Browsing, and Categories]]  
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*[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]
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| [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Improving the Help content|Improve the Help Content]]<br>
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::*[[:Category:Help]]  
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::*[[:Category:How to articles]]  
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::*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/index.php?title=Special%3AAllPages&from=&to=&namespace=12 All articles in the Help namespace]
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'''Biggest part is done - needs to be maintained'''
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'''Help Content Comm. Elder Knight help with remaining pages that need to be edited'''
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'''Wiki Basics done? &nbsp;Take off list?''' '''Talk to Rorie - have completed list at bottom'''
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| Waiting for Help to be loaded into Help Center '''(still in progress?)Help center (Kanisa) check these - only 25 in Help center'''<br>
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== '''Administrative Maintenance'''  ==
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| Adoptions
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:*Help determine and define how the adoption setup process works.&nbsp;
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:*Help new adoptors get started building their pages.<br>
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:*Contact adopters as needed.<br>
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| Discuss file types - should doc and xls files be banned because they allow potentially harmful macros?<br>
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:*Note:&nbsp;search for the file type in [[Special:ListFiles]]
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| Need to align the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance Templates|Maintenance Templates]] and the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]] so that there are templates for the various policies, and vice versa.'''(is anything happening?)&nbsp;(J - no, nothing yet, but this can go with the maintenance committee, this would be a good one to do something with quick)'''
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== '''Roles and Responsibilities'''  ==
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| Determine procedures for tracking who has what roles, work with '''sysop''' to ensure follow-up'''&nbsp;(J - Janell and Fran for now keeping spreadsheet up to date - addedthis to the projects section of the Current Support Work page)'''
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| Discuss with community procedures for requesting an additional role of Reviewer or Moderator. Document in necessary pages.'''&nbsp;(J - I think this is done but just needs documentation on the Reviewer aspect)'''<br>
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== '''Policies and Guidelines (needs improvement)'''  ==
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| [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies/Proposed enhancements|Proposed Enhancements to Policies]]'''&nbsp;(nclude length of time before content article is deleted)'''
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What is the process for bringing a suggestion up for a proposal, then through discussion, to a decision, and through implementation?&nbsp;'''(J - this goes with one of the future leadership committees - can't remember the name now)'''
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== '''Additional potential projects'''  ==
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:*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Topics needed by new wiki contributors|Topics needed by new wiki contributors]] (integrate specifics in this section into the projects above)
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[[Category:Using_the_Wiki_Help]] [[Category:Beginners]]

Revision as of 16:28, 3 May 2013

Spy - J I Thornycroft.jpg

In the Wiki, you will find:

  • Links to record collections where your ancestor's information could be found.
  • Research advice for how to approach research problems.

You won't search for individuals in the Wiki - instead, search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information. 

To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:

  1. Think about what you want to know about the ancestor
  2. Consider the location where that event may have happened
  3. Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
  4. Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
  5. Think about the record trail that we all leave behind

It is helpful to know:

  1. A possible location
  2. A time period

Valuable Resources

Additional research advice can be found on:

One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:

For information about contributing to the wiki:


Learn more about ...

Thumb Icon of two keys on a keyring Resized.png
Keys to Success Using the Wiki
Thumb DetectiveSilhoette.png
Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
Thumb Baby steps.jpg
Getting Started in the Wiki
Thumb Man Researching.png
Family History for Beginners