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The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.

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Success Stories

  1. Carlisle Indian School Records
  2. Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps
  3. Using the Historical Records Wiki articles
  4. Using the Wiki with the Forums to get help
  5. Video:Researching in the Wiki: A Case Study

Keys to Success

Key One: Try it!

In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.

Key Two: Use different ways to search and browse

  1. Keyword searches
  2. Browse by country
  3. Browse by topic
  4. Navigational boxes
  5. Categories
  6. Clickable maps
  7. Disambiguation pages
  8. "What links here" on every page

Key Three: Understand 25+ best features

  1. Research Content
    • FamilySearch publications were added to the Wiki and updated!
    • New research topics and articles never seen before
    • Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
    • Research strategies for births, deaths, and marriages based upon time and locality from the 1500s to the present
    • Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves
    • Research tools
    • Articles that teach you how to locate records
    • Tons of images to help learn about records and places
    • New research topics and articles never seen before
    • Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
  2. Answers to common research questions, for example see:
  3. FamilySearch Historical Records content
    • The Historical Records page links to the usage description page in the Wiki
    • The Historical Records Wiki page links to the database so you can immediately conduct a search
    • Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article
  4. FamilySearch Indexing articles in the Wiki
    • Get the instructions for how to index projects
    • Get the updates to the project instructions that are not included in the indexing software
    • Use the discussion pages to ask questions about the projects when you don’t understand something
  5. The FamilySearch Help link at the top of every screen
  6. Live community meetings
    • Participate in the live meetings
    • Listen or watch the recordings; Choose MP3, MediaPlay, QuickTime, or Webinar type formats
    • Meetings for new wiki users
    • Meetings for contributors
    • Meetings for technical users
  7. An Opportunity to Share
    • Share what you know
    • No publication delays
    • Preserve your knowledge
  8. Your Own Page
    • Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community
    • User your User Page-Discussion page to communicate with wiki community members
    • Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you
  9. Discussion Pages
    • Use the discussion page to share your ideas about improving an article
    • Use the discussion page to talk to a specific user in the wiki
  10. Viewing a List of Contributions
    • View your own list of contributions
    • Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes
    • Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”
  11. Every Page has a History
    • See a history of all the edits made for any article
    • See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved
  12. Wiki System Preferences
    • Change your preferences.
  13. The Watch List
    • Be notified when new content articles are updated.
    • Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.
    • Manage your watchlist
  14. Article rating option at the bottom of every page
  15. WikiProjects You Can Join
    • Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content
    • Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders
    • Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject
    • Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn
  16. Featured Content
    • Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best
    • Submit an article for Featured Article status
    • Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status
  17. Disambiguation Pages
    • There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of Ambiguous place name pages in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!
    • For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the Disambiguation category page
  18. The Navigational Boxes
    • There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.
    • Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing
    • Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places
  19. The "What links here" feature
    • If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.

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