If you were called as a Wiki trainer for your family history center in the same way that I was, you were probably notified by your center’s director that you were the new Wiki trainer. My response was, “Wiki what?” I had no idea what the Wiki was, let alone what my duties as the trainer for the Wiki would be. Sound familiar?
So now what? The FamilySearch Wiki is a powerful genealogy research tool that not only saves your patrons’ time, but it can lead them to possible locations for their ancestors’ records. If you start with the country or state where your ancestors lived, you will find many clues to obtain success in your searches. For example, I was working with an assistant director of a family history center, and we looked at her particular state and discovered there were no records past a certain date for her county. The information she was searching for was prior to the dates shown for records in that county. So, she knew she should not look in the county archives and to look elsewhere.
In the Wiki, you will find several pages that will assist you in getting off to a successful start in your new calling. Here are two pages you should start with: Help:Wiki Trainer; and Help:Wiki Trainer Quickstart. Please pay attention to capital letters when looking for an article.
We have provided a Power Point presentation introducing the Wiki, along with a case study showing what we found, using the information in the wiki. The presentation about the Wiki is about 30 minutes long, and the case study is another 30 minutes. Here is the link for this presentation: https://docs.google.com/open?id=18aJk4U5Bnsj-SeBHwGt1KDEoiVvkdZdTovwuKSGpST1CWlRkmCi7zDYNMaVq
We have a team ready to provide help and guidance in your new calling. We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.