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=== About  ===
  
== About  ==
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FamilySearch Wiki Historical Records is an ongoing project to describe the historical record collections [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list published online]. As new collections are prepared for publication, articles are written describing the overall collections and the records available in them. These articles include basic information about the collection, instructions on how to effectively search the records, and other potentially helpful material.
  
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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== How You Can Help ==
  
[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records#Projects_Needing_Content|See which projects currently need content.]]
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=== Project Contributors  ===
  
== Scope of the Project  ==
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The [[#Who Are User Guidance?|User Guidance unit]] welcomes contributions to the FamilySearch Historical Records articles. Like all articles in the FamilySearch Wiki, these articles are not only meant to be used by patrons for research purposes, but are also available for patrons to contribute when they have a working knowledge of the locality or record type. Community members can help expand the research done by User Guidance by helping with image translations, record content description, related website listing, and other needed additions.
  
This project is ongoing. As new collections are prepared for publication on [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org], articles will be written describing them. The Project Manager is&nbsp; tasked with adding new projects and project tasks as they are needed. Usually, the User Guidance unit will be unable to complete these articles, and would appreciate any content the community may add. If you would like more help with expanding our articles, we provide an online explanation of our [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|Wiki Template Guidelines]].
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=== Projects Needing Content  ===
  
== Project Meeting  ==
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Below are links to regional lists of projects that need to be completed. Click on the region that you wish to work on and help out with the projects listed there.
  
===== General Meeting Information  =====
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Africa|Africa]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Asia|Asia]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Australia and Pacific Islands|Australia and Pacific Islands]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Caribbean|Caribbean]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Europe|Europe]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/North and Central America|North and Central America]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/South America|South America]]
  
This meeting is held on the second Wednesday of each month, circumstances permitting. If you wish to help provide information and content to articles on the research wiki describing collections found online at FamilySearch Historical Records, attend this meeting and help get this project off the ground'''.'''
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Alternatively, you can work on project pages by task:
  
===== Meeting Agenda  =====
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles needing title translations|Title translations]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles needing image translations|Image translations]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles with an incomplete section|Incomplete sections]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records article stubs|General stubs]]
  
Your input can help us get this project off the ground! '''To suggest discussion topics for the upcoming meeting''', visit our&nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Project Meeting Agendas|Meeting&nbsp;Agenda]]&nbsp;page.
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==== Project Task Descriptions  ====
  
===== Join the Conversation  =====
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The tasks listed above involve adding information to wiki articles describing the corresponding FamilySearch Collection. There are multiple sub-tasks that involve adding content. These may be done independently of each other.
  
To find out more about providing information and content to the FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles, please join in on one of our project meetings:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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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]].
  
*Time: Every 2nd Wednesday 2:00 - 2:30&nbsp;PM [http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=220 Mountain Standard&nbsp;Time] (4:00 - 4:30&nbsp;PM Eastern Standard Time)
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'''[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#Sample_Images|Images with Translations]]:'''  
*Format: <u>Online</u>:&nbsp;[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Click to Attend]&nbsp;Please enter a username and the Meeting ID:&nbsp;'''6654'''
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::If the Meeting Search page does not show the upcoming meeting, please select "Future" from the choice of radio buttons on the top of the page and search again.) <u>Phone</u>:&nbsp;Dial in Number: 801-240-2663 or toll free in the US at: 877-453-7266
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When available, sample images are added to the articles so that patrons may get a quick preview before browsing the entire collection. If the collection is not in English, the sample images need to be translated into English. Please see the document [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/How to Help with Image Translations|How to Help with Image Translations]] for further instructions.
  
*Tip: To mute or unmute your telephone, press # 5 on your telephone key pad.
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'''[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#Record_Description|Record Description]]:'''
  
== Project Box  ==
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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]].
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*Describe the dates covered by the collection. For an example, see [[Sri Lanka, Colombo District Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_Description|Sri Lanka Colombo Dutch Reformed Church Records]].
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*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)#General_Information_About_These_Records|llinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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*Describe the original intent of the creation of a specific collection. For an example, see [[England Cheshire School Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_Description|England Cheshire School Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
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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'''[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#Record_Content|Record Content]]:'''
  
{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}
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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 bullet 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]].
  
== Contributors  ==
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'''[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#How_to_Use_the_Record|How to Use the Record]]:'''  
 
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'''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. In addition, we invite you to join us in one of our thirty-minute [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:WikiProject_FamilySearch_Records#Project_Meeting%7Cproject meetings] held every second Wednesday of the month.&nbsp;
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==== Project Manager  ====
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[mailto:HoranDM@familysearch.org HoranDM]
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==== Project Moderators  ====
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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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*[mailto:TimothyNB@ldschurch.org TimothyNB]
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*[mailto:Jbaucom@familysearch.org JaquelineBaucom]
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==== Project Contributors  ====
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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 Discussion page]].
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=== Project Tasks  ===
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'''Adding Content:'''
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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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'''Record Description:'''
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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]].
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*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]].
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*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 Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Record_History|Cook County Illinois Vital Records Record History]].
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*Describe the original intent of the creation of a specific collection. For an example see[[England Cheshire School Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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'''Record Content:'''
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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 "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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'''How to Use the Record:'''  
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*Explain to wiki users how the records can be used to help them find out more about their ancestors.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*Explain what the next step would generally after they obtain information from 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]].
  
'''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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'''Related Websites and Wiki Articles:'''  
  
*'''Creating Citations for Records in the Collections:'''[[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
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*[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#Related_Websites|Related website links]]: Links from the wiki article to related websites. Such links could include other websites hosting a similar collection, maps and history of the area, genealogy groups specifically dealing with the collection area, etc. Please avoid linking to paid websites, bibliographies, or Wikipedia.
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*[[FamilySearch_Wiki:Guidelines_for_FamilySearch_Collections_pages#Related_Wiki_Articles|Related wiki articles]]: Links from the wiki article to other FamilySearch wiki articles. Such links could include the main locality/country landing page, wiki articles describing similar collections, and wiki articles with research helps for the locality.
  
*'''Related Article Links:''' Links from the wiki article to related wiki articles and websites and vice versa.
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=== How to Get Started  ===
  
*'''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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The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article.
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*[[Getting Started with Historical Records]]: Information on ways to contribute to the FamilySearch wiki.
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*[[FamilySearch Records Project Training Page]]: Information on how to edit and complete tasks for the project.  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Welcoming committee/Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki|Welcome to FamilySearch]]: Introductory article for all new users
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*[[FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started]]: Provides information for those just beginning, as well as resources for more in-depth information
  
*'''Images with Translations, if needed:''' 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]].
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=== Style Guide ===
  
*'''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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These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The [[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles|style guide]] 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]].
  
== How to Get Started ==
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=== Project Box ===
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{{User box top|aligh=right}}{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}{{User box bottom}}
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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. (Without using the rich text editor, the box can be added by including "<nowiki>{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}</nowiki>" in the wiki code.)
  
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].  
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Thank you for all your help and contributions to this project.  
  
*[[Getting Started with Historical Records|Getting Started with Historical Records]]&nbsp;- Information on ways to contribute to FamilySearch wiki.
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== Who Are User Guidance? ==
*[[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 Wiki:Welcoming committee/Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki|Welcome to FamilySearch ]]- Introductory article for all new users
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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
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== Projects Needing 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.
  
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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==== Supervisor ====
  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/Africa|Africa]]
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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]].
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/Asia|Asia]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/British Isles|British Isles]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/Europe|Europe]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/Caribbean, Central and South America|Caribbean, Central and South America]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/North America|North America]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Records/Oceania|Oceania]]
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Alternatively, you can work on project pages by topic.
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==== Coordinators  ====
  
Articles needing:
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Each coordinator is assigned specific localities around the world. Coordinators are responsible for creating the Historical Records articles about the collections from their localities that publish. The coordinators use FamilySearch programs to obtain and include collection and record information.
  
*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles needing title translations|Title translations]]
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Coordinators' user pages are available as follows:  
*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles needing image translations|Image translations]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records with an incomplete content section|Record Content section]] (Key genealogical facts)
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records articles needing citations|Example citations]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records with an incomplete section|Other content]]
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*[[:Category:FamilySearch Historical Records stubs|General stubs]]
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The lists of project articles requiring attention are identified using one of the [[:Category:Templates for WikiProject FamilySearch Records|Templates for WikiProject FamilySearch Records]]  
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*[[User:TimothyNB]]
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*[[User:Hardybe]]
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*[[User:Chickitalie]]
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*[[User:Rashby3]]
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*[[User:Robertmcall]]
  
Thank you for all your help and contributions to this project.
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Contents

About

FamilySearch Wiki Historical Records is an ongoing project to describe the historical record collections published online. As new collections are prepared for publication, articles are written describing the overall collections and the records available in them. These articles include basic information about the collection, instructions on how to effectively search the records, and other potentially helpful material.

How You Can Help

Project Contributors

The User Guidance unit welcomes contributions to the FamilySearch Historical Records articles. Like all articles in the FamilySearch Wiki, these articles are not only meant to be used by patrons for research purposes, but are also available for patrons to contribute when they have a working knowledge of the locality or record type. Community members can help expand the research done by User Guidance by helping with image translations, record content description, related website listing, and other needed additions.

Projects Needing Content

Below are links to regional lists of projects that need to be completed. 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 task:

Project Task Descriptions

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

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

Images with Translations:

When available, sample images are added to the articles so that patrons may get a quick preview before browsing the entire collection. If the collection is not in English, the sample images need to be translated into English. Please see the document How to Help with Image Translations for further instructions.

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 bullet 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 after they obtain information from 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.

Related Websites and Wiki Articles:

  • Related website links: Links from the wiki article to related websites. Such links could include other websites hosting a similar collection, maps and history of the area, genealogy groups specifically dealing with the collection area, etc. Please avoid linking to paid websites, bibliographies, or Wikipedia.
  • Related wiki articles: Links from the wiki article to other FamilySearch wiki articles. Such links could include the main locality/country landing page, wiki articles describing similar collections, and wiki articles with research helps for the locality.

How to Get Started

The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article.

Style Guide

These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The style guide 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 Box

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This user is a participant in WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.


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. (Without using the rich text editor, the box can be added by including "{{Userboxhistoricalproject}}" in the wiki code.)

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

Who Are 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

Each coordinator is assigned specific localities around the world. Coordinators are responsible for creating the Historical Records articles about the collections from their localities that publish. The coordinators use FamilySearch programs to obtain and include collection and record information.

Coordinators' user pages are available as follows:

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