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{{See also|FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Guide|FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities|FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Best Practices}}
  
'''Administrator Guide - Table of Contents'''
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== Welcome  ==
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[[Image:1280px-April4 2010 Sitka Alaska Larus schistisagus.JPG|thumb|right|250x220px|<center>Community Administrators<center></center>]]
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It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011.
  
&lt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Guide|Administrator Guide]]<br>&gt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities|Administrator Responsibilities]]<br>&gt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Best Practices|Administrator Best Practices]]
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== Our administrator community  ==
  
== Welcome<br>  ==
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As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each others questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.  
 
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It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011. FamilySearch joins with all our community members in thanking you for joining our community of volunteers.
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This guide is meant to be informative as you begin your journey as a leader in these online communities. Please take a few minutes to review the information and become familiar with FamilySearch's vision for your communities. Keep note of questions you have along the way and don't hesitate to ask.
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Contact FamilySearch Sponsors or other members of the community by:
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*Leaving a message on the Discussion/Talk page for the wiki page from which you have a question
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*Posting a comment on the [https://www.facebook.com/groups/117212955030975/ Genealogy Research Community Admins Facebook group]
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*Conversing in the Research Community Admins group chat on Skype (How to join)
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== Introduction to FamilySearch  ==
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Please watch this 3 minute video to learn more about FamilySearch.<br>
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[http://youtu.be/ITzQ7z-2jWw FamilySearch.org -- What's Your Story?]<br>
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FamilySearch has been working hard since 1894 to bring together an amazing collection of resources for people interested in finding their genealogy. We do all of this for free with the help of volunteers and missionaries like you. We hope you will [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities#Sharing_resources|learn]] about our resources so you can share them.<br>
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FamilySearch hopes you will share other resources too. Our mission is to help people with their family history. We don't have copies of all the world's records; sharing non-FamilySearch resources is central to our plan.<br>
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== Our administrator community<br>  ==
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As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each other's questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.<br>
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To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.  
 
To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.  
  
== Administrator community meetings ==
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== Administrator Training ==
 
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Each Saturday and Tuesday, a training webinar is held to teach about the different things that can be done with a Facebook page.
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Though the FamilySearch pages may often be referred to in these discussions, '''these trainings are open to the general public.'''&nbsp;If you are an administrator of a genealogy-related page on Facebook, you are welcome to attend! Simply [[#Request_to_become_a_community_administrator|request to become a community administrator]] and, under the "Suggest a new community" question, type "Genealogy Research Community Admins group only."<br>
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'''Meeting information:'''
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:*'''Tuesday:''' 9:30-10:00 AM Mountain Time<br>
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:*'''Saturday:''' The meetings were at 10:15 AM Mountain Time, but are on hold until further notice
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:*'''Place:''' [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org/a/ab03d308c137d5cb1809c2797f0b62fd Click to attend]
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:*Alternate: [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org MeetingPlace sign in as a Guest to ID 5588]
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'''Instructions to join:'''
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:*'''Click '''the above link.  
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The majority of the training for all volunteer administrators is given by the person who is the regional administrator. Additional training will also be conducted on a one-on-one basis as needed.  
:*Sign in as a '''Guest '''(your name will be shown as a meeting attendee).
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:*Enter your '''phone number''' (no punctuation) to have the system call you.
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:*If it doesn't call you, you may need to call in instead. Dial 877-459-7266, then follow the prompts and enter the code to join the meeting.
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:*International callers may need to use Skype to dial into the meeting if the system doesn't call them.
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'''Reviewing recordings:'''<br>
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Historically, online meetings were held to help large groups of people who were new to being administrators of a Facebook page for genealogy research. Those meetings are on hold until further notice. The previous admin meetings were recorded and can be reviewed if desired:  
  
 
:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].  
 
:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].  
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:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.  
 
:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.  
 
:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
 
:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
 
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== Special roles  ==
 
 
Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community.
 
 
Current special roles include:
 
 
*[[User:BavelasAJ|Andrew Bavelas]] - Quality Assurance
 
*[[User:Jacallut|Janett Call]] - Historical Records
 
  
 
== Regional admins  ==
 
== Regional admins  ==
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*Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)
 
*Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)
  
====United States Research====
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==== United States Research ====
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*'''New England (US)''' - [[User:Cnapoli|Cathy Napolitano]] <br>Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont  
 
*'''New England (US)''' - [[User:Cnapoli|Cathy Napolitano]] <br>Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont  
*'''Mid-Atlantic (US)''' - N/A <br>Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland<br>
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*'''Mid-Atlantic (US)''' - N/A <br>Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland  
 
*'''Midwestern (US)''' - [[User:MJSaylor|Mary J. Saylor]] <br>Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin  
 
*'''Midwestern (US)''' - [[User:MJSaylor|Mary J. Saylor]] <br>Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin  
 
*'''Mid-South (US)''' - [[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] <br>Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri  
 
*'''Mid-South (US)''' - [[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] <br>Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri  
*'''Gulf-South (US)''' - N/A <br>Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas<br>
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*'''Gulf-South (US)''' - N/A <br>Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas  
*'''Great Plains (US)''' - N/A <br>Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas<br>
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*'''Great Plains (US)''' - N/A <br>Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas  
*'''Mountain West (US)''' - N/A <br>Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming<br>
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*'''Mountain West (US)''' - N/A <br>Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming  
*'''Pacific States (US)''' - N/A <br>Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington<br>
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*'''Pacific States (US)''' - N/A <br>Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington  
 
*'''Ethnic Communities''' - N/A <br>African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult
 
*'''Ethnic Communities''' - N/A <br>African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult
  
====Canadian Research====
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==== Canadian Research ====
*'''Canada''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br>Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales<br>
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====European Research====
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*'''Canada''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br>Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
*'''British Isles:''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br> England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
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==== European Research ====
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*'''British Isles:''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br> England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales  
 
*'''Continental Europe''' - [[User:Bnbrowning|Betseylee Browning]] <br>Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Switzerland, Ukraine  
 
*'''Continental Europe''' - [[User:Bnbrowning|Betseylee Browning]] <br>Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Switzerland, Ukraine  
 
*'''Nordic''' - [[User:BradleyDMarchant|Bradley Marchant]] <br>Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (English and Swedish)
 
*'''Nordic''' - [[User:BradleyDMarchant|Bradley Marchant]] <br>Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (English and Swedish)
  
====South America and Spanish Research Worldwide:====
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==== South America and Spanish Research Worldwide: ====
*'''Latin America''' - [[User:DSGurtler|Debbie Gurtler]] <br>Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)  
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*'''Latin America''' - [[User:DSGurtler|Debbie Gurtler]] <br>Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)
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==== Research in Other Areas of the World: ====
  
====Research in Other Areas of the World:====
 
 
*'''Oceania''' - Michelle Patient <br>American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga  
 
*'''Oceania''' - Michelle Patient <br>American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga  
 
*'''Asia''' - N/A <br>China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand  
 
*'''Asia''' - N/A <br>China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand  
*'''Africa and Middle East''' - [[User:Kelly.familyhistory|Kelly Erickson]] <br>Nigeria, South Africa   
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*'''Africa and Middle East''' - [[User:Kelly.familyhistory|Kelly Erickson]] <br>Nigeria, South Africa
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== Additional roles ==
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Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community. Current special roles include:
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*[[User:BavelasAJ|Andrew Bavelas]] - Quality Assurance
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*[[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] - Admin mentor, instructor, and quality assurance.
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*[[User:Jacallut|Janett Call]] - Posting FamilySearch Historical Records update information
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*Nathan Miles - Reports
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== Questions? ==
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Daily communication between the volunteer administrators and the FamilySearch sponsors and support staff takes place on the "Genealogy Research Community Admins" Group page on Facebook. If you have any questions about this guide, please post them on the Group page:
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/117212955030975/ Genealogy Research Community Admins Facebook group]
  
 
[[Category:Social_Media]]
 
[[Category:Social_Media]]

Revision as of 19:06, 15 December 2012

FamilySearch Communities This article is about an aspect of the Genealogy Research Communities sponsored by FamilySearch.

Contents

Welcome

Community Administrators

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011.

Our administrator community

As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each others questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.

To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.

Administrator Training

The majority of the training for all volunteer administrators is given by the person who is the regional administrator. Additional training will also be conducted on a one-on-one basis as needed.

Historically, online meetings were held to help large groups of people who were new to being administrators of a Facebook page for genealogy research. Those meetings are on hold until further notice. The previous admin meetings were recorded and can be reviewed if desired:

  • Go to MeetingPlace.
  • Enter the code 5588 and click Find Meeting.
  • Click Past, change the dates if needed.
  • In the bottom section, find the meeting on the date of the meeting you want to watch.
  • Click on the number to go to the meeting room.
  • Click on Attachments/Recordings on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on the WebRecording link.

Regional admins

In addition to FamilySearch sponsors, you will also have a volunteer regional admin whom you can go to for help. Each region generally has 5-10 communities. Regional admins are experienced volunteers who help facilitate friendly communities through:

  • Reaching out to the administrators in the communities covered by their region to offer encouragement, congratulations, or advice
  • A successful regional admin will take initiative in building a working relationship with and between the administrators in the communities he or she oversees (suggested minimum: 3-5 hours per week)
  • Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)

United States Research

  • New England (US) - Cathy Napolitano
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Mid-Atlantic (US) - N/A
    Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland
  • Midwestern (US) - Mary J. Saylor
    Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Mid-South (US) - Fran Ellsworth
    Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri
  • Gulf-South (US) - N/A
    Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas
  • Great Plains (US) - N/A
    Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas
  • Mountain West (US) - N/A
    Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
  • Pacific States (US) - N/A
    Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
  • Ethnic Communities - N/A
    African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult

Canadian Research

  • Canada - Deb Dunn
    Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

European Research

  • British Isles: - Deb Dunn
    England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
  • Continental Europe - Betseylee Browning
    Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Switzerland, Ukraine
  • Nordic - Bradley Marchant
    Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (English and Swedish)

South America and Spanish Research Worldwide:

  • Latin America - Debbie Gurtler
    Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)

Research in Other Areas of the World:

  • Oceania - Michelle Patient
    American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga
  • Asia - N/A
    China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Africa and Middle East - Kelly Erickson
    Nigeria, South Africa

Additional roles

Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community. Current special roles include:

  • Andrew Bavelas - Quality Assurance
  • Fran Ellsworth - Admin mentor, instructor, and quality assurance.
  • Janett Call - Posting FamilySearch Historical Records update information
  • Nathan Miles - Reports

Questions?

Daily communication between the volunteer administrators and the FamilySearch sponsors and support staff takes place on the "Genealogy Research Community Admins" Group page on Facebook. If you have any questions about this guide, please post them on the Group page: