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Blue check.png This page documents a guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that contributors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

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This page offers best practices in naming articles, categories, images, files, and templates on FamilySearch Wiki.


Place names in article titles

Use ascending order of jurisdictions in naming a place

When adding place names to article titles, add jurisdictions in ascending order (smallest to largest).

Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland
Maryland, Montgomery County, Rockville
Cemetery Records of Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland
Articles about FamilySearch Historical Record Collections

Avoid abbreviations, acronyms, and postal codes

Do not use abbreviations in naming a place.

Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery Co., MD
Cemetery Records of Montgomery County, Maryland

Use the word "County" in identifying counties

Use the word "County" in identifying a county in an article title.

Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery, Maryland
Cemetery Records of Montgomery County, Maryland

County names in Ireland

In Ireland the word "County" nearly always comes before rather than after the county name

County Clare
Clare County
King's County and Queen's County

County names in England, Scotland and Wales

For counties in England, Scotland and Wales, do not add the word "County" when naming articles. There is one exception: County Durham.

Do not use all uppercase letters

Use initial caps on each word in a title except when this conflicts with place naming standards or grammar rules.

Census Records of the United States

Omit name of the article author from titles (or articles, for that matter)

This is a wiki. Content becomes stronger as the community adds to it. The name of an author in a title does two bad things:

  1. It tells other authors "This is my turf. Don't edit this because it's mine."
  2. It credits the original author with all changes made by other users. Since many users will tend to improve an article far outside its original scope, the crediting of the original author with all revisions doesn't make sense.

Special rules for templates

Spaces in the name are allowed, e.g. {{train topics}}. The first character (only) is not case-sensitive, so {{cleanup}} and {{Cleanup}}are the same template, but {{cfd}}and {{cfD}}are not.

The template name in general should be short. Many on Wikipedia are abbreviations.

Special rules for namespaces

Only a system admin can create a namespace. Namespaces should be created only after much discussion. The name should be a single word.

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