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By sharing your knowledge, you can help build the Wiki. For help in that process, follow the information below:
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By sharing your knowledge, you can help build the Wiki. For help in that process, follow the information below.
  
*[https://ident.familysearch.org/ Sign In] to your FamilySearch account. If you don't have one already, you will be directed to the Create Account page. There is no cost for FamilySearch accounts.
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==== Before you begin editing  ====
  
==== Adding information to an existing article  ====
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*Make sure that you [https://ident.familysearch.org/ Sign In] to your FamilySearch account. If you don't have one already, you will be directed to the Create Account page. There is no cost for FamilySearch accounts.
  
*Go to an article that you'd like to edit or to add additional information. Chose articles that are of special interest to you or which you have some knowledge about.
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*Go to an article that you'd like to edit or add additional information. Choose articles that are of special interest to you or which you have knowledge about.
  
*Click on the '''Edit This Page''' button, found at the top right of the page.
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*If you want to edit the whole page, click on the '''Edit This Page''' button as shown below. Its found at the top right of the page.
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*You can also edit just one section of an existing article. Click on the '''Edit Icon''' as shown below. It's found to the top right of the section header.
  
*You can also edit just a section of an existing article. Click on the Edit Icon to the top right of the section header.
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The Edit Window will now open. There are two ways to edit the page - with the FCK Editor or with Wikitext. The following two section show these two ways.
  
==== Editing in the Edit Window ====
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===== Editing with the FCK Editor =====
  
The Edit Window will now open in Wikitext. The Wikitext may seem a little scary at first because the text looks unusual. If you are new to editing, just remember to avoid the following characters <nowiki>[ { < and ] } ></nowiki> and you will do OK.
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[[Image:Editor Toolbar.png|600px|Editor Toolbar.png]]  
*You can '''add space''' by pushing the Enter key.
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*You can '''insert text''' by clicking before, in, or after a paragraph and typing.
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*You can '''delete text''' by using the Backspace key or Delete key.
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*You can '''move text''' by highlighting it, click on the highlight and hold for a second, then move to the place desired.
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====Mistakes ====
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*If the FCK Editor does not look like the one above, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner. The FCK Editor is similar to those found in most word processing software.
  
*If you make a mistake, don't worry. Its not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will.
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*Click on the page where you want to edit or add additional information
  
====Finishing Up ====
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*To add text, you just '''start typing'''.
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*To delete text, you can use the Backspace key and/or the Delete key
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*To cut text, you Highlight the text and hit '''Ctrl X''' or Click the cut icon (looks like scissors).
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*To copy text, you Highlight the text and hit '''Ctrl C''' or Click the copy icon (next to the scissors).
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*To paste text, you hit '''Ctrl V''' or Click the paste icon (next to the copy icon).
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*To Bold text, you Highlight the text and Click the Bold icon (the B in red box).
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*To Italicize text, you Highlight the text and Click the Italics icon (the I in red box).
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*To Underline text, you Highlight the text and Click the Underline icon (the U in red box).
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See [[Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor)]] for more editing possibilities.
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===== Editing with Wikitext  =====
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[[Image:Editor ToolbarWT.png|600px|Editor ToolbarWT.png]]
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*If the FCK Editor does not look like the one above, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner. Wikitext may seem a little scary at first because it looks unusual. If you are new to editing, just stick with the text functions given below and you will do OK. Also at first avoid the following characters <nowiki>[ { < and ] } ></nowiki> As you gain more experience, you will learn how to use these additional functions.
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*You can '''add space''' by pushing the Enter key.
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*You can '''insert text''' by clicking before, in, or after a paragraph and either typing or paste.
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*You can '''delete text''' by using the Backspace key or Delete key.
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*You can '''move text''' by highlighting it, click on the highlight and hold for a second, then move to the place desired.
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*You can '''Italicize text''' by typing two apostrophes in front of the text and two behind. For example <nowiki>''Italics''</nowiki> results in ''Italics''.
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*You can '''Bold text''' by typing three apostrophes in front of the text and three behind. For example <nowiki>'''BOLD'''</nowiki> results in '''BOLD'''.
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*Additionally, you can add '''[[Create an internal link|Internal links]]''' and '''[[Create an external link|External links]]'''.
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See [[Help:Wiki markup]] for more editing possibilities.
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==== Mistakes  ====
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*If you make a mistake, don't worry. It's not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will. The Family Search Research Wiki is very forgiving of mistakes.
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*If things get really full of mistakes, it is even possible to [[Help:Reverting Content to Previous Version|revert back to a previous version]]. But only use this as a last resort.
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==== Finishing Up ====
  
 
*When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short [[Help:Edit summary|Edit Summary]]. Example: Added links to digital newspapers.
 
*When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short [[Help:Edit summary|Edit Summary]]. Example: Added links to digital newspapers.
  
*Then click the '''Save page''' button. This page will now contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.
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*Then click the '''Save page''' button. The page will now officially contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.
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*Remember to Save the page you are working on about every 10 minutes or so. Much longer than this and the system will drop you out. You will lose all the changes that you have made. If that happens, then just begin again from the top and make all those changes for a second time. It will take longer than you thought, but no harm done.
  
*Remember to Save the page you are working on about every 10 minuets or so. Much longer than this and the system will drop you out. You will loose all the changes that you have made. If that happens, just begin from the top and make those changes all over again. You will spend more time than you thought, but no harm done.
 
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==== Create a New Article  ====
 
==== Create a New Article  ====
  
*To add a new article to the wiki, first'''search for the subject''' to '''see if an article or articles already exists that covers the subject'''. If they already exist, don't create a new article. &nbsp;Add information to the existing article.
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Before you add a new article to the wiki, '''search for the subject''' and then search again for the exact '''Title of the page''' you want to create. If an appropriate article already exists, don't create a new one. Just add the information to that existing article.
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*For Example: Suppose you want to create a new article called '''Scotland Clan Tartans'''.
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*Search on the keywords '''Scotland Clan Tartans'''.  
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*If there is no such subject or article, at the top of the results page will show:<br>'''Create the page <span style="color: red;">"Scotland Clan Tartans"</span> on this wiki!'''<br>This shows up as Red because the article doesn't yet exist.
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The best way to create a new article is to navigate to an existing article that should have a link to the one you want to create.  
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*For example go to the '''Scotland''' article where you might want to create a link to '''Scotland Clan Tartans'''.
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*Make sure you have logged into the Family Search Wiki.
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*Click on the '''Edit This Page''' button at the right top of the page.
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*Click in the '''Edit Window''' where you want the link located.
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*Type the following to create a new link - Two opening square brackets, then the name of the article you want to create, followed by two closing square brackets. For example <nowiki>[[Scotland Clan Tartans]]</nowiki>
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*Then add a note at the bottom of the page to the Edit Summary field.
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*Click on the '''Save Page''' button. The article will show with a new link<br> '''<span style="color: red;">Scotland Clan Tartans. </span>'''<br> The link shows up as Red because the article doesn't yet exist.
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Now to create this new article, click on the '''red link''' you just made. This will take you to an Editing page, at the top it shows<br> '''You are on a page that has not yet been developed.'''<br> You will now develop this page by creating it.
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*Click in the '''Edit Window''' and type in the text for your new article and/or copy the text from somewhere else and paste into the Edit Window.
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*When you are finished, add a note at the bottom of the page to the '''Edit Summary'''
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*Click on the '''Save Page''' button.
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Congratulations, your new article has been created and there is already a link from another article to it. You will want to make more links to this new article. An article with few links might be listed to be deleted.  
  
:*If there wasn't an article that covers the subject, search again for the title of the page you want to create. &nbsp;Example: &nbsp;Scotland Clan Tartans &nbsp; &nbsp;That article doesn't currently exist. &nbsp;The search results shows this statement: &nbsp;"'''Create the page <span style="color:red">"Scotland Clan Tartans"</span> on this wiki!'''
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'''NOTE: Save the article fairly often''' while you are writing it. There isn't an autosave in the wiki. You could lose all of your work though an inadvertent click.  
::*Click on the name in&nbsp;'''<span style="color:red">red</span>''' and start typing on the new article page you just created!
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:::*Use WYSIWYG editing tool bar to add links, bold, etc.
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::::*Remember to add a note to the Summary field at the bottom of the page stating that the new article about "xxxx" subject was created.
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:::::*Click on the Summary button to save the article. &nbsp;'''NOTE:''' &nbsp;'''Save the article fairly often''' while you are writing it. &nbsp;There isn't an autosave in the wiki. &nbsp;You could loose all of your work though an inadvertant click if you haven't saved it earlier.&nbsp;
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*For more in-depth information about creating and editing articles on the wiki, visit these articles:
 
*For more in-depth information about creating and editing articles on the wiki, visit these articles:
  
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Revision as of 16:01, 18 August 2013

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By sharing your knowledge, you can help build the Wiki. For help in that process, follow the information below.

Contents

Before you begin editing

  • Make sure that you Sign In to your FamilySearch account. If you don't have one already, you will be directed to the Create Account page. There is no cost for FamilySearch accounts.
  • Go to an article that you'd like to edit or add additional information. Choose articles that are of special interest to you or which you have knowledge about.
  • If you want to edit the whole page, click on the Edit This Page button as shown below. Its found at the top right of the page.
Edit this page icon.png


  • You can also edit just one section of an existing article. Click on the Edit Icon as shown below. It's found to the top right of the section header.
Edit icon.png

The Edit Window will now open. There are two ways to edit the page - with the FCK Editor or with Wikitext. The following two section show these two ways.

Editing with the FCK Editor

Editor Toolbar.png

  • If the FCK Editor does not look like the one above, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner. The FCK Editor is similar to those found in most word processing software.
  • Click on the page where you want to edit or add additional information
  • To add text, you just start typing.
  • To delete text, you can use the Backspace key and/or the Delete key
  • To cut text, you Highlight the text and hit Ctrl X or Click the cut icon (looks like scissors).
  • To copy text, you Highlight the text and hit Ctrl C or Click the copy icon (next to the scissors).
  • To paste text, you hit Ctrl V or Click the paste icon (next to the copy icon).

Wiki toolbar.jpg

  • To Bold text, you Highlight the text and Click the Bold icon (the B in red box).
  • To Italicize text, you Highlight the text and Click the Italics icon (the I in red box).
  • To Underline text, you Highlight the text and Click the Underline icon (the U in red box).

See Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor) for more editing possibilities.

Editing with Wikitext

Editor ToolbarWT.png

  • If the FCK Editor does not look like the one above, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner. Wikitext may seem a little scary at first because it looks unusual. If you are new to editing, just stick with the text functions given below and you will do OK. Also at first avoid the following characters [ { < and ] } > As you gain more experience, you will learn how to use these additional functions.
  • You can add space by pushing the Enter key.
  • You can insert text by clicking before, in, or after a paragraph and either typing or paste.
  • You can delete text by using the Backspace key or Delete key.
  • You can move text by highlighting it, click on the highlight and hold for a second, then move to the place desired.
  • You can Italicize text by typing two apostrophes in front of the text and two behind. For example ''Italics'' results in Italics.
  • You can Bold text by typing three apostrophes in front of the text and three behind. For example '''BOLD''' results in BOLD.

See Help:Wiki markup for more editing possibilities.

Mistakes

  • If you make a mistake, don't worry. It's not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will. The Family Search Research Wiki is very forgiving of mistakes.

Finishing Up

  • When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short Edit Summary. Example: Added links to digital newspapers.
  • Then click the Save page button. The page will now officially contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.
  • Remember to Save the page you are working on about every 10 minutes or so. Much longer than this and the system will drop you out. You will lose all the changes that you have made. If that happens, then just begin again from the top and make all those changes for a second time. It will take longer than you thought, but no harm done.

Create a New Article

Before you add a new article to the wiki, search for the subject and then search again for the exact Title of the page you want to create. If an appropriate article already exists, don't create a new one. Just add the information to that existing article.

  • For Example: Suppose you want to create a new article called Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • Search on the keywords Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • If there is no such subject or article, at the top of the results page will show:
    Create the page "Scotland Clan Tartans" on this wiki!
    This shows up as Red because the article doesn't yet exist.

The best way to create a new article is to navigate to an existing article that should have a link to the one you want to create.

  • For example go to the Scotland article where you might want to create a link to Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • Make sure you have logged into the Family Search Wiki.
  • Click on the Edit This Page button at the right top of the page.
  • Click in the Edit Window where you want the link located.
  • Type the following to create a new link - Two opening square brackets, then the name of the article you want to create, followed by two closing square brackets. For example [[Scotland Clan Tartans]]
  • Then add a note at the bottom of the page to the Edit Summary field.
  • Click on the Save Page button. The article will show with a new link
    Scotland Clan Tartans.
    The link shows up as Red because the article doesn't yet exist.

Now to create this new article, click on the red link you just made. This will take you to an Editing page, at the top it shows
You are on a page that has not yet been developed.
You will now develop this page by creating it.

  • Click in the Edit Window and type in the text for your new article and/or copy the text from somewhere else and paste into the Edit Window.
  • When you are finished, add a note at the bottom of the page to the Edit Summary
  • Click on the Save Page button.

Congratulations, your new article has been created and there is already a link from another article to it. You will want to make more links to this new article. An article with few links might be listed to be deleted.

NOTE: Save the article fairly often while you are writing it. There isn't an autosave in the wiki. You could lose all of your work though an inadvertent click.

Additional Information

  • For more in-depth information about creating and editing articles on the wiki, visit these articles:

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Help wanted on the Wiki
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Projects Seeking Contributors
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