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== '''Benefits of Using the FamilySearch Wiki in a FamilySearch Center'''  ==
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== '''Using the FamilySearch Wiki in a FamilySearch Centers'''  ==
  
=== What A Wiki Is  ===
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The Research Wiki is an incredible resource for you as you help in a FamilySearch Center. As a director or consultant, you know a great deal about family history. But you can't know how to research everywhere - and as a consultant, you could get a question about research anywhere in the world.
  
A wiki is a website where every page can be edited in a web browser, by whomever happens to be reading it. Wiki is a Hawaiian word meaning "fast" or "quick".  
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The Research Wiki will help you with that. It can:
  
==== General Wiki History  ====
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· Guide you as you help patrons with researching in any area.
  
The history of wikis dates from 1994, when Ward Cunningham invented the concept and gave it its name.  
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· Let others know about the resources available at your center.  
  
=== the FamilySearch Wiki  ===
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· Capture your knowledge so that consultants across the world can benefit from your own experience.
  
Looking for an ancestor? The FamilySearch Wiki has '''{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} pages''' about records, [[Browse by Country|localities]], [[:Category:Contents|subjects]] and [[Getting Started: General Research Information|methods]] that can help you find your ancestors. Articles are written by [[Community Center|community]] members like you, working together to create an online-library of information which will eventually enable all members of the community to discover precious details about their families. From the novice to the professional, everyone knows something that can [[Help:Contributor Help|help]] someone else. As we work together, we will find our ancestors!
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· Serves as an excellent training tool for FamilySearch Center Missionaries and Volunteers, so they are all giving patrons the same information
  
==== FamilySearch Wiki History  ====
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· The Wiki allows a Center to have access to a large amount of information on how to research, records in cities, counties, states and countries without having to have the information on site physically.  
 
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FamilySearch Wiki was launched on the Web in an open beta using MediaWiki software during the first quarter of 2008. Before that the wiki was available to a limited group of users on a Plone site.  
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==== Advantages to Using the FamilySearch Wiki  ====
 
==== Advantages to Using the FamilySearch Wiki  ====
  
*Easy to use  
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· Easy to use · Invites collaboration
*Invites collaberation
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*A great place to get free Family History Research advice *Using Place Search - learn more about the place your ancestors lived
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*Accessible from anywhere with a web connection
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*Contains Instructions on how to find, use and analyze records that are genealogically useful.
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*It has Historical definitions of legal terms, occupations and other terms that are useful to genealogists.
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*It is instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information.
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==== Advantages to Using the FamilySearch Wiki in a FamilySearch Center  ====
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· A great place to get free Family History Research advice
  
*Excellent training tool for FamilySearch Center Missionaries and Volunteers, so they are all giving patrons the same information
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· Using Place Search - learn more about the place your ancestors lived
*The Wiki allows a Center to have access to a large amount of information on how to research, records in cities, counties, states and countries without having to have the information on site physically.
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=== Wiki Case Studies  ===
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· Accessible from anywhere with a web connection
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· Contains Instructions on how to find, use and analyze records that are genealogically useful. ·
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· It has Historical definitions of legal terms, occupations and other terms that are useful to genealogists.
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· It is instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information.
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=== Research Assistance  ===
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==== Wiki Case Studies  ====
  
 
The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors. Click on the case you would like to view.  
 
The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors. Click on the case you would like to view.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching In The FamilySearch Wiki]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching In The FamilySearch Wiki]
  
Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results. They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.
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Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results. They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.  
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=== Build your FamilySearch Center page  ===
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*'''IMPORTANT''': Soon the FamilySearch Centers search will take patrons to your Wiki page. Be sure to get your FamilySearch Center page on the Wiki as soon as possible so you can be ready!
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*For help in adding details to your Center page click [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help:Adding_details_to_a_Family_History_Center_page here]
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*If you would like more help, please send us an email at Support@familysearch.org with Wiki in the title.
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=== About the FamilySearch Wiki  ===
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Looking for an ancestor? The FamilySearch Wiki has '''{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} pages''' about records, [[Browse by Country|localities]], [[:Category:Contents|subjects]] and [[Getting Started: General Research Information|methods]] that can help you find your ancestors. Articles are written by [[Community Center|community]] members like you, working together to create an online-library of information which will eventually enable all members of the community to discover precious details about their families. From the novice to the professional, everyone knows something that can [[Help:Contributor Help|help]] someone else. As we work together, we will find our ancestors!
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<br> {{Click|Image:Volunteers wanted sm.png|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Help_wanted_on_the_Ohio_pages|Wiki Volunteers Wanted}}
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To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Help_wanted_on_the_Ohio_pages click here]:
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[[Category:Ohio]] [[Category:States_of_the_United_States]]

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Contents

Using the FamilySearch Wiki in a FamilySearch Centers

The Research Wiki is an incredible resource for you as you help in a FamilySearch Center. As a director or consultant, you know a great deal about family history. But you can't know how to research everywhere - and as a consultant, you could get a question about research anywhere in the world.

The Research Wiki will help you with that. It can:

· Guide you as you help patrons with researching in any area.

· Let others know about the resources available at your center.

· Capture your knowledge so that consultants across the world can benefit from your own experience.

· Serves as an excellent training tool for FamilySearch Center Missionaries and Volunteers, so they are all giving patrons the same information

· The Wiki allows a Center to have access to a large amount of information on how to research, records in cities, counties, states and countries without having to have the information on site physically.

Advantages to Using the FamilySearch Wiki

· Easy to use · Invites collaboration

· A great place to get free Family History Research advice

· Using Place Search - learn more about the place your ancestors lived

· Accessible from anywhere with a web connection

· Contains Instructions on how to find, use and analyze records that are genealogically useful. ·

· It has Historical definitions of legal terms, occupations and other terms that are useful to genealogists.

· It is instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information.

Research Assistance

Wiki Case Studies

The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors. Click on the case you would like to view.

Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results. They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.

Build your FamilySearch Center page

  • IMPORTANT: Soon the FamilySearch Centers search will take patrons to your Wiki page. Be sure to get your FamilySearch Center page on the Wiki as soon as possible so you can be ready!
  • For help in adding details to your Center page click here
  • If you would like more help, please send us an email at Support@familysearch.org with Wiki in the title.

About the FamilySearch Wiki

Looking for an ancestor? The FamilySearch Wiki has 80,379 pages about records, localities, subjects and methods that can help you find your ancestors. Articles are written by community members like you, working together to create an online-library of information which will eventually enable all members of the community to discover precious details about their families. From the novice to the professional, everyone knows something that can help someone else. As we work together, we will find our ancestors!


Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here: