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RootsTech.gif A workshop at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, February 12, 2011
FamilySearch Community Tools (TU229), presented by Fran Jensen.


During this hands-on workshop we learned how to become a part of the FamilySearch Community using tools like the Research Wiki, Research Forums, and online classes. The information shared in the workshop was added to this Wiki article to make it possible for anyone to explore and participate in the world of "community" with FamilySearch. We all know something that can help someone else find their ancestors!

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FamilySearch Community Tools

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FamilySearch Facebook Pages

FamilySearch Research Community Facebook Pages

This article describes the research community pages:

FamilySearch Twitter Feeds

FamilySearch YouTube Channel


Research Courses

  • The option to give course feedback is a community effort. Example: German Town of Origin is sponsored by Teresa S. McMillin. Her course links to her website and also has the option to leave feedback about the course.
  • Linking courses to corresponding wiki articles is a community effort. Example: The Descendancy Research: Related Materials course links to the corresponding wiki article. Also note that the wiki article links to a three-part video recording of the course.
  • Anyone can add the links from the Wiki to the Courses.

Historical Record Collections

  • Records page will often link to "Learn more”. This is a link to the wiki page. See Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records as an example.
  • The Wiki articles that describe the usage of an historical record collection will also link back to the search option on FamilySearch so you can immediately conduct the search for your ancestors. You can easily identify an Historical Record article in the wiki because of the banner that appears at the top of every Historical Record article. For example:
FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Historical Record Collections .

Worldwide Indexing

  • Pages in the wiki are created for indexing projects. Sometimes the current status of the project is noted on the wiki page. See FamilySearch Indexing: US, Texas-Birth Records, 1903-1934 as an example.
  • Indexing articles in the Wiki are easily identified with a banner that includes links to the indexing project. Within the banner you will see a link to the indexing site where you can begin participating.
FamilySearch Record Search This article contains instructions for indexing a collection of records online for FamilySearch.
Help index these records: http://familysearch.org/indexing
Access and search completed indexes: Historical Record Collections

English Wiki Links to Spanish Wiki

  • The ability to link an English wiki article to the corresponding article that resides in one of the language wiki's is a multi-language community effort. If you can read and translate in other languages, you could support the wiki by translating articles and adding the content to one of the other wikis.
  • For example, see the Peru page in the English wiki. At the bottom of the page you will see a link to the corresponding page for Perú in the Spanish Wiki.
  • Currently, all inter-wiki links to other languages exist at the bottom of the page. If you do not see a link to another language, then you know that the page has not been translated.
  • Note that the Spanish wiki does not yet have the inter-wiki links to the English wiki.
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External Links

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