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=== About  ===
  
== About  ==
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The FamilySearch Wiki Historical Records Project contains articles which provide descriptions of the historical record collections [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list published online]. This project is ongoing. As new collections are prepared for publication, articles will be written describing the collections overall and the records available in the collections.
  
The FamilySearch Historical Collections Project contains articles which provide descriptions of the historical record collections published on [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org].
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=== User Guidance  ===
  
[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records#Projects_Needing_Content|See which projects currently need content.]]
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This project is overseen by the User Guidance unit. Members of the unit are responsible for creating and monitoring Historical Records articles.
  
== Scope of the Project  ==
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==== Supervisor ====
  
This project is ongoing. As new collections are prepared for publication on [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org], articles will be written describing them. Occasionally, the User Guidance unit will be unable to complete these articles, and would appreciate any content the community may add.
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The User Guidance supervisor coordinates all User Guidance team members and facilitates interactions with other FamilySearch units. The supervisor's user page is available at [[User:HoranDM]].
  
== Project Box ==
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==== Coordinators ====
  
A project box has been created for those participating in this project. The purpose of this box is to show your participation in the project as well as aggregate the names of all contributors into an easily searchable list. This box can be added to your profile page by using the "Insert/Edit&nbsp;Template" tool [[Image:TemplateSymbolInRichEditor.png]], switching to the "Manual" tab and selecting "Template: Userboxhistoricalproject" from the drop-down menu.  
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Coordinators are responsible for creating the Historical Records articles an including basic information. They use FamilySearch programs to obtain and include collection and record information.  
  
{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}
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Coordinators' user pages are available as follows:
  
== Contributors  ==
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*[[User:TimothyNB]]
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*[[User:eacutler]]
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*[[User:Dwsmith2]]
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*[[User:Kevinbrg]]
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*[[User:Rosdavis50]]
  
'''We are looking for contributors for this project'''. Project tasks are listed below and any amount of contribution is welcome. We are happy to help with any necessary training.
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=== Project Contributors  ===
  
==== Project Manager  ====
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Contributors to the project are community members who help expand the articles created by User Guidance. They participate by helping with image translations, record content description, related website listing, and other needed additions.
  
[mailto:HoranDM@familysearch.org HoranDM]
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=== Project Box  ===
  
==== Project Moderators  ====
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A project box has been created for those participating in this project. The purpose of this box is to show your participation in the project as well as aggregate the names of all contributors into an easily searchable list. This box can be added to your profile page by using the "Insert/Edit&nbsp;Template" tool [[Image:TemplateSymbolInRichEditor.png]], switching to the "Manual" tab and selecting "Template: Userboxhistoricalproject" from the drop-down menu.
  
Project Moderators are charged with creating stub articles to which content will later be added. The stub gives an idea of the topic but is not considered in-depth (usually a few sentences in length). As Project Moderators have access to the collections published on [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org], they will create the stub articles and add the collection to the [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records#Projects_Needing_Content|Project Needing Content]].
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{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}
  
*[mailto:TimothyNB@ldschurch.org TimothyNB]
 
*[mailto:eacutler@familysearch.org eacutler]
 
*[mailto:wilbur@ldschurch.org cecilia4]
 
*[mailto:dwsmith2@ldschurch.org Dwsmith2]
 
*[mailto:kgardner@familysearch.org Kevinbrg]
 
  
==== Project Contributors  ====
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=== Style Guide ===
  
Contributors to the Historical Collections Project create articles describing historical record collections published on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]. These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The style guide, titled&nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections]], will explain how to create and edit content for the wiki articles. It is asked that you review the guide before contributing to the project. Any questions concerning the guide can be posted on the [[FamilySearch Wiki talk:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Collections Talk page]].  
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These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The style guide, titled&nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections]], explains how to create and edit content for the wiki articles. Please review the guide before contributing to the project. Any questions concerning the guide can be posted on the [[FamilySearch Wiki talk:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Collections Talk page]].
  
 
=== Project Tasks  ===
 
=== Project Tasks  ===
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[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records#Projects_Needing_Content|See which projects currently need content.]]
  
 
'''Images with Translations:'''  
 
'''Images with Translations:'''  
  
 
Sample images are added to the articles. If the collection is not in English, the sample image needs to be [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/How to Help with Image Translations|translated into English]].  
 
Sample images are added to the articles. If the collection is not in English, the sample image needs to be [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/How to Help with Image Translations|translated into English]].  
 
  
 
'''Adding Content:'''  
 
'''Adding Content:'''  
  
These tasks involve adding information to wiki articles describing the relating FamilySearch Collection. There are multiple sub-tasks that involve adding content. These may be done independently of each other.  
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These tasks involve adding information to wiki articles describing the relating FamilySearch Collection. There are multiple sub-tasks that involve adding content. These may be done independently of each other.
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*Related article links: Links from the wiki article to related wiki articles and websites and vice versa.
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*Adding actual record images to the articles: Start out by [[Help:Uploading images and files|uploading the desired image]] into the system. Once it's been uploaded, [[Help:Adding images to articles|add]] it to the wiki article under the "Record Content" section.
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*Creation and audits of links to FamilySearch site: Ensure the "Access the records" link connects from the wiki articles to the corresponding collection on [https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org/]; verify the "Learn More" link in the ''FamilySearch'' collection connects with the correct wiki article.
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For more information about adding content for these tasks see [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections]].
  
 
'''Record Description:'''  
 
'''Record Description:'''  
  
*Describe the physical state of the originals, including: water damage, torn pages, bleed-through and fire damage. For an example see [[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_Description|Spain Catholic Church Records]].  
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*Describe the physical state of the originals, including water damage, torn pages, bleed-through, and fire damage. For an example see [[Spain Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_Description|Spain Catholic Church Records]].  
 
*Describe the dates covered by the collection. For an example see [[Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Collection_Time_Period|Sri Lanka Colombo Dutch Reformed Church Records]].  
 
*Describe the dates covered by the collection. For an example see [[Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Collection_Time_Period|Sri Lanka Colombo Dutch Reformed Church Records]].  
 
*Describe the history of the collection and the records, which might include the processes, creation and disposition of the records. Relate information about localities, jurisdictions, and religious or ethnic groups. For an example of a Record History see [[Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|llinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records).]]  
 
*Describe the history of the collection and the records, which might include the processes, creation and disposition of the records. Relate information about localities, jurisdictions, and religious or ethnic groups. For an example of a Record History see [[Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|llinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records).]]  
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'''Record Content:'''  
 
'''Record Content:'''  
  
*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," such as: "This phrase should be followed by the significant genealogical data found in the records, usually in the form of a bullet list. Some collections contain several types of records and may need a list for each record type." For an example see[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Spain_Catholic_Church_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Spain, Ciudad Real, Catholic Church Parish Records.]
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*This section includes sub-headers in bold text for the major record types found within the collection. A phrase similar to "[Record type] records may contain the following information" is generally included, followed by a list of genealogically relevant information contained in the record type. Some collections contain several types of records and may need a list for each record type. For an example see [[Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_Content|Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records]].
  
 
'''How to Use the Record:'''  
 
'''How to Use the Record:'''  
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*Describe research strategies that are helpful when dealing with the collection.  
 
*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.  
 
*Explain what the next step would generally be in order to follow on the information obtained in the collection.  
*If the collection has an index, describe how to find indexed records in the collection. For an example see [[United States Census Population Schedules, 1940 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#How_to_Use_the_Record|United States Census Populations Schedules, 1940]].
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*If the collection has an index, describe how to find indexed records in the collection. For an example see [[United States Census, 1940 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#How_to_Use_the_Record|United States Census, 1940]].
 
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'''For more information about adding content for these tasks see [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections]].'''
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*'''Creating Citations for Records in the Collections:'''[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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*'''Related Article Links:''' Links from the wiki article to related wiki articles and websites and vice versa.
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*'''Adding Actual Record Images to the Articles:''' Start out by [[Help:Uploading images and files|uploading the desired image]] into the system. Once it's been uploaded, [[Help:Adding images to articles|add]] it to the wiki article under the "Record Content" section.
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*'''Creation and Audits of Links to FamilySearch site:''' Ensure the "Access the records" link connects from the wiki articles to the corresponding collection on [https://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org/]; verify the "Learn More" link in the ''FamilySearch'' collection connects with the correct wiki article.
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== How to Get Started  ==
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=== How to Get Started  ===
  
 
The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article. If you have any further questions, please drop by our [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ forums].  
 
The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article. If you have any further questions, please drop by our [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ forums].  
  
*[[Getting Started with Historical Records|Getting Started with Historical Records]]&nbsp;- Information on ways to contribute to FamilySearch wiki.  
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*[[Getting Started with Historical Records|Getting Started with Historical Records]]: Information on ways to contribute to FamilySearch wiki.  
*[[FamilySearch Records Project Training Page|FamilySearch Records Project Training Page]] - Information on how to edit and complete tasks for the project. Updated often so check back.  
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*[[FamilySearch Records Project Training Page|FamilySearch Records Project Training Page]]: Information on how to edit and complete tasks for the project. Updated often so check back.  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Welcoming committee/Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki|Welcome to FamilySearch ]]- Introductory article for all new users  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Welcoming committee/Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki|Welcome to FamilySearch ]]: Introductory article for all new users  
*[[FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started|FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started]] - Provides information for those just getting started as well as resources for more in-depth information
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*[[FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started|FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started]]: Provides information for those just getting started as well as resources for more in-depth information
  
== Projects Needing Content  ==
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=== Projects Needing Content  ===
  
 
Below are links to the lists of projects that need to be completed. They are divided by region. Click on the region that you wish to work on and help out with the projects listed there.  
 
Below are links to the lists of projects that need to be completed. They are divided by region. Click on the region that you wish to work on and help out with the projects listed there.  

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Contents

About

The FamilySearch Wiki Historical Records Project contains articles which provide descriptions of the historical record collections published online. This project is ongoing. As new collections are prepared for publication, articles will be written describing the collections overall and the records available in the collections.

User Guidance

This project is overseen by the User Guidance unit. Members of the unit are responsible for creating and monitoring Historical Records articles.

Supervisor

The User Guidance supervisor coordinates all User Guidance team members and facilitates interactions with other FamilySearch units. The supervisor's user page is available at User:HoranDM.

Coordinators

Coordinators are responsible for creating the Historical Records articles an including basic information. They use FamilySearch programs to obtain and include collection and record information.

Coordinators' user pages are available as follows:

Project Contributors

Contributors to the project are community members who help expand the articles created by User Guidance. They participate by helping with image translations, record content description, related website listing, and other needed additions.

Project Box

A project box has been created for those participating in this project. The purpose of this box is to show your participation in the project as well as aggregate the names of all contributors into an easily searchable list. This box can be added to your profile page by using the "Insert/Edit Template" tool TemplateSymbolInRichEditor.png, switching to the "Manual" tab and selecting "Template: Userboxhistoricalproject" from the drop-down menu.

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This user is a participant in WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.



Style Guide

These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The style guide, titled Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections, explains how to create and edit content for the wiki articles. Please review the guide before contributing to the project. Any questions concerning the guide can be posted on the FamilySearch Collections Talk page.

Project Tasks

See which projects currently need content.

Images with Translations:

Sample images are added to the articles. If the collection is not in English, the sample image needs to be translated into English.

Adding Content:

These tasks involve adding information to wiki articles describing the relating FamilySearch Collection. There are multiple sub-tasks that involve adding content. These may be done independently of each other.

  • Related article links: Links from the wiki article to related wiki articles and websites and vice versa.
  • Adding actual record images to the articles: Start out by uploading the desired image into the system. Once it's been uploaded, add it to the wiki article under the "Record Content" section.
  • Creation and audits of links to FamilySearch site: Ensure the "Access the records" link connects from the wiki articles to the corresponding collection on www.familysearch.org/; verify the "Learn More" link in the FamilySearch collection connects with the correct wiki article.

For more information about adding content for these tasks see Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections.

Record Description:

Record Content:

  • This section includes sub-headers in bold text for the major record types found within the collection. A phrase similar to "[Record type] records may contain the following information" is generally included, followed by a list of genealogically relevant information contained in the record type. Some collections contain several types of records and may need a list for each record type. For an example see Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records.

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 the collection has an index, describe how to find indexed records in the collection. For an example see United States Census, 1940.

How to Get Started

The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article. If you have any further questions, please drop by our forums.

Projects Needing Content

Below are links to the lists of projects that need to be completed. They are divided by region. Click on the region that you wish to work on and help out with the projects listed there.

Alternatively, you can work on project pages by topic.

Articles needing:

The lists of project articles requiring attention are identified using one of the Templates for WikiProject FamilySearch Records

Thank you for all your help and contributions to this project.