Interested in contributing to the FamilySearch Records Project but feeling a little confused over where to start? If so, this blog post aims to help you get going.
To start, we want you to know that contributing doesn’t mean spending countless hours researching and writing full articles (unless you want to… we won’t refuse!). Any amount of time spent working towards completing articles in the wiki qualifies you as a contributor and is a huge asset for our community. You can dedicate a couple of hours a week or contribute one-time to project that interests you. We hope that you’ll find the work rewarding, though, and will want to return to help regularly!
The first step is getting registered as a user. You can skip this step if you have already have an account with FamilySearch. Registering allows you to:
• Edit existing pages and create new ones
• Receive notification of new information on a page by watching the page
• Collaborate with fellow community members on discussion pages
• Create a user page and discussion page to practice editing
To register, visit the registration page. A great bonus to registering is that your newly created account will allow you access to all FamilySearch products.
Once you have registered, it’s time to find a task and article on which you are interested in contributing. Our WikiProject:FamilySearch Records page features a task list which shows many of the ways you can contribute to the articles; the Projects Needing Content section allows you to choose regions and specific areas in which you are most interested. It is entirely up to you where you choose to contribute!
If you need further help there are other resources available to you. We host a half-hour informational meeting every other Wednesday at 1:00 pm. This meeting can be attended online or on your phone and is a great opportunity to meet each other and ask questions. In addition, there are video tutorials which can guide you in an overview of the wiki and searching (among other topics) and wiki articles organized by topic that will help you with many of the specific questions you may have.