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{{Guideline}} '''''We need your help! Below is a style guide to assist you in editing and authoring desciptions of wiki articles that describe FamilySearch digital collections.'''''
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records|Return]] to WikiProject FamilySearch Records Main Page
  
== Some style notes:  ==
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{{Guideline}}<br>'''We need your help! Below is a style guide to assist you in editing and authoring desciptions of wiki articles that describe FamilySearch digital collections.'''<br><br>
  
FamilySearch Collections are&nbsp;found in the&nbsp;new version of FamilySearch.org.&nbsp;They are&nbsp;titled&nbsp;"Historical Collections".
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= Some Style Notes  =
  
Wiki articles that are created&nbsp;to describe FamilySearch Collections are written to assist wiki users who may or may not be genealogical experts. The articles should be written in a basic languge style, using simple words. Descriptions of each section of a Family Search Collection are listed below.
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FamilySearch Collections are&nbsp;found in the&nbsp;new version of FamilySearch.org.&nbsp;The wiki articles that describe the collections have the phrase "Historical Record Collections" in the title of the article.  
  
== Title  ==
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Wiki articles that are created&nbsp;to describe FamilySearch Collections are written to assist wiki users who may or may not be genealogical experts. The articles should be written in a basic language style, using simple words. Descriptions of each section of a Family Search Collection wiki article are listed below.
  
The title of the wiki article reflects the title of the collection(s) in fsbeta.<br>Include in the title:
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== FamilySearch Collection Template  ==
  
The name of the locality, beginning with the largest jurisdiction and ending with the smallest jurisdiction. Country names should be listed, with the exception of the United States and Canada. Example: Nicaragua, Managua Department Civil Registration Records.
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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID |title=Title of the collection|location=European}}
  
Dates are only added for census records. Example: Florida State 1885 Census
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<br> The template brands the article as describing a collection from the FamilySearch website and&nbsp;creates links to digital collections.&nbsp;
  
Record type and name of the denomination or specific religious organization. Examples: Illinois Belleville Catholic Church Records. British Columbia Births
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Members of the User Guidance Unit will add the FamilySearch Colllection template&nbsp;to Historical Record Collections wiki articles.&nbsp;
  
Add the phrase (FamilySearch Historical Records) to the end of the title in parenthesis.
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== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
  
Example: England, Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds and Allegations (FamilySearch Historical Records). This phrase distinguishes articles that describe specific Record Search/Historical Collections from other wiki articles.<br>
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In this portion of the article, we ask the community to supply a translation of the title in the language of the records&nbsp;for non-English language collections. When this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
  
== FamilySearch Collection Template  ==
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_articles_needing_title_translations articles needing title translations] page.
  
Members of the User Guidance Unit will add the required Collection Identification number to the FamilySearch Collection Template:&nbsp;{{tl|FamilySearch Collection}}. The template brands the article as describing a collection from the FamilySearch website and&nbsp;creates links to digital collections.&nbsp;
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'''Example of a known Title in the Language of the Record:'''
  
== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
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Argentina, Censo de 1869
  
This header will be added as needed by World Wide Support Staff and Missionaries when they add information about problems with the collection.
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'''Example of an unknown Title in the Language of the Record:'''
  
== Foreign Language Title ==
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{{Incomplete Title Translations}}
  
List the title of the collection in the language of the records.
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<br>
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Image Visibility ==
  
Describe the dates covered by the collection.  
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This header will be added as needed by World Wide Support staff and missionaries.&nbsp;
 
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<br>
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
Describe the physical state of the originals, including:  
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This section of the article is a description of the physical state of the items in the collection. Include the time period covered by the records and mention the physical state of the originals, such as:  
  
water damage <br>torn pages <br>bleed-through <br>fire damage  
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*Water damage  
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*Torn pages  
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*Bleed-through  
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*Fire damage
  
Describe the types of records included in the collection, the language of the record's text and the format used in the records.  
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It is&nbsp;also helpful to&nbsp;describe the types of records included in the collection, the language, and what format they are written in.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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'''Example:'''
  
This section includes sub-headers in bold text for the major record types found within the collection. A phrase similar to "Most (record type) contain the following important genealogical facts:" This phrase should be followed by the significant genealogical data found in the records, usually in the form of a bulleted list. Some collections contain several types of records and may need a list for each record type.  
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This collection of census records covers the year of 1901. Census enumerations were recorded in registers with legal size papers in landscape orientation. Each book (libretto) is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the province, the section, and the type of population covered. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing surname and names of the inhabitants, age, gender, and civil status, nationality, place of birth, occupation, literacy, and special conditions. At the end of each book (libretto) is a global summary page of the register.  
  
==== <br>Sample Images  ====
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If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
  
Samples of images from the collection will be added to this section individually, or with a number of images, in galleries. Foreign language images may include callouts of major phrases in the document or a translation of the document. Images should be placed above or next to the record content section that describes each image.  
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_with_an_incomplete_section incomplete section] page.
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'''Example of the incomplete section:'''
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{{Incomplete Section}}
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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This section always has the same exact format for every article, but with the specific citation information for each individual article. The citation itself has coding around it which allows this citation to be pulled from this page and placed on the actual collection page under the "Source Information" section. The third paragraph is a link from this section down to the "Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection" section. Once again, every article will have the same coding to create this link, but the first part will be the title of the individual article.
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'''Example of the template:'''
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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Author. Title of the Collection. Archive name, location of the archive.
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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This section should list the major genealogical items discovered in the records. Any sample images or tables should be included under Record Content as well. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_with_an_incomplete_content_section incomplete record content section] page.
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'''Example of complete key genealogical facts:'''
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'''Key genealogical facts found in marriage records include:'''
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*Groom's name, age, civil status, origin, residence and occupation
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*Bride's name, age, civil status, residence and origin
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*Groom's parents' names
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*Bride's parents' names
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*Event date
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*Event location
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*Witnesses' names, age and residence
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'''Example of incomplete key genealogical facts:'''
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{{Incomplete Content Section}}
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<br>
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===== Sample Images  =====
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Samples of images from the collection will be added to this section individually, or with a number of images, in galleries. Images should be placed above or next to the record content section that describes each image. Images in other languages may include call-outs of major phrases in the document or a translation of the document. If the image is in a non-English language and it has not been translated, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
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*Makes the incompleteness of the image translation easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_articles_needing_image_translations articles needing image translations] page.
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'''Example of the template for an image needing translation:''' {{Incomplete Image Translations}}
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<br>
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
Explain to wiki users how the records can be used to help them find out more about their ancestors. Describe research strategies that are helpful when dealing with the collection. Explain what the next step would generally be in order to follow on the information obtained in the collection. If describing an index, describe how to find the records that were indexed in the collection.  
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Add specific research strategies to this section if possible. When describing how to use a browse collection, include the categories of the path to get to the images. If describing an index, explain how to find the indexed records and what fields to except to see. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
  
== Record History  ==
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_with_an_incomplete_section incomplete section] page.
  
Describe the history of the records, which might include the processes, creation an disposition of the records.&nbsp; Relate information about a set of records, localities, jurisdictions, and religious or ethnic groups. The history of the collection itself can also be described in this section of the article.
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'''Example for a browse collection:'''
  
=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "_____________" category<br> ⇒ Select the "_____________" category<br> ⇒ Select the "_____________" category which takes you to the images<br>
  
This section should explain the original intent of the creation of a specific collection.  
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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'''Example for an indexed collection:'''
  
Describe how reliable a collection is and whether there are issues with the accuracy or the collection.  
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To search the collection using the index:<br> Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
== Related Web Sites: ==
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'''Example of the section when instructions are not given:''' {{Incomplete Section}}
  
Create links to websites outside of the wiki that contain information related to the collection being described. Addresses and other information about an archive or other site could be added to this section of the wiki article as well.
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<br>
  
A sentence is input into this section by the User Guidance Unit to encourage wiki users to add helpful wiki sites. If you feel that the correct websites have been added, feel free to delete the sentence, which reads:
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== Related Websites  ==
  
'''This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.'''
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The purpose of this section is to encourage the community to add links to websites for archives and other websites with related material. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
  
== Related Wiki Articles: ==
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_with_an_incomplete_section incomplete section] page.
  
Create internal links to wiki articles that contain information that is related to the collection being described.<br>
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'''To create website links:'''
  
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#Type the title of the related website that will be linked to the new article, then highlight it.
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#Click on the “Insert/Edit link” icon (the Globe with a single chain link).
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#Paste the website URL into the “Link” box.
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#Click “OK”.
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#You should be returned to the wiki article and the link should be created.
  
==== Contributions to This Article  ====
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'''Example of the section when website links are not given:'''
  
Please add the Contributor invite template to encourage wiki user participation:
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{{Incomplete Section}} <br>
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
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'''Example of the section when website links are provided:'''
  
==== Style Guide Link  ====
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*[http://cb.hku.hk/fpslib/collections.html Chinese Genealogies]
  
Please add the following phrase and link to the Guidelines wiki article in normal text: For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection: ==
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List wiki articles with material relating to the topic of this article. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:  
  
To assist wiki patrons with making citations that describe their findings, the User Guidance unit will create a bibliographic source citation that describes the digital collection in this section of the wiki article.Input a source citation in normal text font for the collection.  
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_with_an_incomplete_section incomplete section] page.
  
Please add the following text and link in normal text: The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, is found in the following article: [[How_to_Create_Source_Citations_For_FamilySearch_Historical_Records_Collections|How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.]]
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'''To create the link:'''
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#Type the title of the Related Wiki Article that will be linked to the new article, then highlight it.
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#Click on the “Insert/Edit link” icon. (Globe with a single chain link)
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#Type the name of the article that you wish to link to into the “Link” box. It should appear. Shortening the title is sometimes more useful than typing the entire title into the box.
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#Once found, select the correct title and click “OK”.
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#You should be returned to the new wiki article and the link should be created.
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'''Example of the section when other wiki links are not given:'''
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{{Incomplete Section}} <br>
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'''Example of the section when wiki links are given:'''
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*[[Argentina Census|Argentina Census]]
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== Known Issues With This Collection  ==
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This header will be added as needed by World Wide Support staff and missionaries when they add information about problems with the collection.
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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In this section, add the “Contributor Invite” template by following these steps:
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*Click on the Template {T} Icon
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*Click on the “Manual” tab
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*Select “Template:Contributor_invite”
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The template may also be created using wikitext by typing: <nowiki>{{Contributor invite}}</nowiki>
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'''End Result:'''
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
Please add the following in normal text: When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.<br>
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'''Please add the following in normal text:'''
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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In this section we ask that the community help us add actual citation examples for a record found in this collection. The generic citation example are given below and vary for index collections, browse collection and legacy collections. If the collection uses an index to search for records, the index example should be in this section, and so on. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:
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*Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_articles_needing_citations articles needing citations] page.
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'''Example of the incomplete template when this section still has the generic citation example:'''
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{{Incomplete Citations}}
  
In order to demonstrate to wiki users how to cite a source, create a link to the “How to Cite FamilySearch Collections” wiki article by typing the phrase “A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections”. Create the link using the name of the article in normal font. It will look like this:
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<br> '''Example for an Indexed Collection:''' “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.  
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'''Example for a Browsed Collection:''' “Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.  
  
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection: ===
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'''Example for a Legacy Collection:''' "Caribbean Deaths and Burials 1790-1906," index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 17 March 2011), John Edward Jones, 26 Nov 1865; citing Burial Records, FHL microfilm 1,223,999; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
Please post this text in Normal font: <br>Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.<br><br>
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===== Stub Article  =====
  
Please add the following examples to the article:  
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If the article has three or more incomplete sections, the stub template needs to be added to the bottom of the article. The purpose of the template is to:  
  
'''Examples of citations:'''<br>(Normal text with bullets):<br>
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*Automatically categorizes this section in the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:FamilySearch_Historical_Records_stubs FamilySearch Historical Records stubs] page.
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71. <br>
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[[Category:WikiProject_FamilySearch_Records]]
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Blue check.png This page documents a guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that contributors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.

We need your help! Below is a style guide to assist you in editing and authoring desciptions of wiki articles that describe FamilySearch digital collections.

Contents

Some Style Notes

FamilySearch Collections are found in the new version of FamilySearch.org. The wiki articles that describe the collections have the phrase "Historical Record Collections" in the title of the article.

Wiki articles that are created to describe FamilySearch Collections are written to assist wiki users who may or may not be genealogical experts. The articles should be written in a basic language style, using simple words. Descriptions of each section of a Family Search Collection wiki article are listed below.

FamilySearch Collection Template

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Historical Record Collections .


The template brands the article as describing a collection from the FamilySearch website and creates links to digital collections. 

Members of the User Guidance Unit will add the FamilySearch Colllection template to Historical Record Collections wiki articles. 

Title in the Language of the Records

In this portion of the article, we ask the community to supply a translation of the title in the language of the records for non-English language collections. When this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

Example of a known Title in the Language of the Record:

Argentina, Censo de 1869

Example of an unknown Title in the Language of the Record:


Image Visibility

This header will be added as needed by World Wide Support staff and missionaries. 

Record Description

This section of the article is a description of the physical state of the items in the collection. Include the time period covered by the records and mention the physical state of the originals, such as:

  • Water damage
  • Torn pages
  • Bleed-through
  • Fire damage

It is also helpful to describe the types of records included in the collection, the language, and what format they are written in.

Example:

This collection of census records covers the year of 1901. Census enumerations were recorded in registers with legal size papers in landscape orientation. Each book (libretto) is separated by a title page, which includes the name of the province, the section, and the type of population covered. It is followed by the enumeration sheets containing surname and names of the inhabitants, age, gender, and civil status, nationality, place of birth, occupation, literacy, and special conditions. At the end of each book (libretto) is a global summary page of the register.

If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

  • Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
  • Automatically categorizes this section in the incomplete section page.

Example of the incomplete section:


Citation for This Collection

This section always has the same exact format for every article, but with the specific citation information for each individual article. The citation itself has coding around it which allows this citation to be pulled from this page and placed on the actual collection page under the "Source Information" section. The third paragraph is a link from this section down to the "Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection" section. Once again, every article will have the same coding to create this link, but the first part will be the title of the individual article.

Example of the template:

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Author. Title of the Collection. Archive name, location of the archive.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

This section should list the major genealogical items discovered in the records. Any sample images or tables should be included under Record Content as well. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

Example of complete key genealogical facts:

Key genealogical facts found in marriage records include:

  • Groom's name, age, civil status, origin, residence and occupation
  • Bride's name, age, civil status, residence and origin
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Event date
  • Event location
  • Witnesses' names, age and residence

Example of incomplete key genealogical facts:

Template:Incomplete Content Section


Sample Images

Samples of images from the collection will be added to this section individually, or with a number of images, in galleries. Images should be placed above or next to the record content section that describes each image. Images in other languages may include call-outs of major phrases in the document or a translation of the document. If the image is in a non-English language and it has not been translated, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

Example of the template for an image needing translation:


How to Use the Record

Add specific research strategies to this section if possible. When describing how to use a browse collection, include the categories of the path to get to the images. If describing an index, explain how to find the indexed records and what fields to except to see. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

  • Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
  • Automatically categorizes this section in the incomplete section page.

Example for a browse collection:

To browse the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "_____________" category
⇒ Select the "_____________" category
⇒ Select the "_____________" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Example for an indexed collection:

To search the collection using the index:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Example of the section when instructions are not given:


Related Websites

The purpose of this section is to encourage the community to add links to websites for archives and other websites with related material. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

  • Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
  • Automatically categorizes this section in the incomplete section page.

To create website links:

  1. Type the title of the related website that will be linked to the new article, then highlight it.
  2. Click on the “Insert/Edit link” icon (the Globe with a single chain link).
  3. Paste the website URL into the “Link” box.
  4. Click “OK”.
  5. You should be returned to the wiki article and the link should be created.

Example of the section when website links are not given:


Example of the section when website links are provided:

Related Wiki Articles

List wiki articles with material relating to the topic of this article. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

  • Makes the incompleteness easy to spot
  • Automatically categorizes this section in the incomplete section page.

To create the link:

  1. Type the title of the Related Wiki Article that will be linked to the new article, then highlight it.
  2. Click on the “Insert/Edit link” icon. (Globe with a single chain link)
  3. Type the name of the article that you wish to link to into the “Link” box. It should appear. Shortening the title is sometimes more useful than typing the entire title into the box.
  4. Once found, select the correct title and click “OK”.
  5. You should be returned to the new wiki article and the link should be created.

Example of the section when other wiki links are not given:


Example of the section when wiki links are given:

Known Issues With This Collection

This header will be added as needed by World Wide Support staff and missionaries when they add information about problems with the collection.

Contributions to This Article

In this section, add the “Contributor Invite” template by following these steps:

  • Click on the Template {T} Icon
  • Click on the “Manual” tab
  • Select “Template:Contributor_invite”

The template may also be created using wikitext by typing: {{Contributor invite}}

End Result:

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Please add the following in normal text:

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

In this section we ask that the community help us add actual citation examples for a record found in this collection. The generic citation example are given below and vary for index collections, browse collection and legacy collections. If the collection uses an index to search for records, the index example should be in this section, and so on. If this section is incomplete, a template is added. The template serves two purposes:

Example of the incomplete template when this section still has the generic citation example:


Example for an Indexed Collection: “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.

Example for a Browsed Collection: “Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.

Example for a Legacy Collection: "Caribbean Deaths and Burials 1790-1906," index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 17 March 2011), John Edward Jones, 26 Nov 1865; citing Burial Records, FHL microfilm 1,223,999; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stub Article

If the article has three or more incomplete sections, the stub template needs to be added to the bottom of the article. The purpose of the template is to: