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&lt;&nbsp;[[Join a Facebook Research Community|Facebook Research Communities<br>]]&lt;&nbsp;[[Join a Skype Research Community|Skype Research Communities]]
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FamilySearch has begun a pilot project to create a place where people can get assistance with their research questions. Each area has an Admin who helps with the administration of the page.&nbsp;Facebook and Skype Admins do an incredible work to help people with their research in all areas of the world.&nbsp;
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[[Image:Can you help.jpg|right|Can you help.jpg]]
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* < [[Research Communities on Facebook]]
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* < [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Research Communities on Forums]
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* < [[Research Communities on Google+]]
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* < [[Research Communities on Skype]]
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* < [[Research Communities on Twitter]]
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* < [[Research Communities on Wiki|Research Communities on Wiki]]
  
== Admin Responsibilities  ==
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FamilySearch's Genealogy Research Communities (GRCs) create a place where people can get assistance with their research questions. Each area has one or more volunteers who help with the administration of the page and/or community. You can [[#Request_to_become_a_community_administrator|volunteer to be an administrator]], if you want to be more involved. You can also help by visiting a community to join in on the conversation. Click one of the links above for a listing of available communities on each platform. Facebook and Skype have the largest community presence. Volunteers do an incredible work to help people with their research in all areas of the world.&nbsp;
  
#Lead the creation of a vibrant, collaborative research community on Facebook and Skype. These responsibilities revolve around three main ideas:<br>  
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== Request to become a community administrator  ==
#*Interacting with those who post on the page by answering questions posted or commenting on them if you don't have an answer, encouraging others to answer questions, and showing gratitude for resources shared.
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#*Sharing news and information about how to do genealogy research in this area, information about genealogy events, and great resources available for this area.
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If you are interested in being an administrator of a Genealogy Research Community, please fill out the following form:
#*Partnering with local organizations such as libraries, archives, and societies, to invite them to share their news and events on the page.<br>&nbsp;
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#Help the community members adhere to the following policies:
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:[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFE5cjBnQ3RiYld2Q3ZWZkI1S2wxdFE6MQ#gid=0 Request to be a volunteer administrator]
#*Keep group discourse civil and polite at all times.
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#*All posts should be genealogy-related and off-topic posts will be removed.
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== FamilySearch Community Administrator Guide  ==
#*All discussions should be kept neutral and non-denominational. (LDS-specific discussions should not take place in these groups.) <br>&nbsp;
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#Join our group of community admins, and connect with the fellow admins of your specific group (we hope that each group will eventually have 2-3 admins). <br>&nbsp;
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=== [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Community|Administrator Community]]<br> ===
#If you must leave as an admin, help us find someone else to take your place.
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#Welcome
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#Our administrator community
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#Administrator community meetings
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#FamilySearch sponsors
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#Special roles
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#Regional managers
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=== [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities|Administrator Responsibilities]]<br> ===
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#Responding to questions and posts<br>
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#Sharing resources
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#Building community
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=== [[FamilySearch Communities: Best Practices|Administrator Best Practices ]]<br> ===
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#Responding to questions and posts<br>  
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#Sharing resources
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#Building community
  
 
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== Facebook administrator training webinars ==
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== Platform overviews  ==
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The following platform overviews vary in thoroughness, but each provides important understanding of what each platform offers. As a volunteer, you will help more people when you understand how each platform works. Click a heading for more detail on using the platform for genealogy. <br>
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===== [[Facebook|Facebook]]<br> =====
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*[http://youtu.be/_yQcMBiD2yo New Pages: Controlling Posts on your Page] (Official Facebook video)<br>
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===== Forums<br>  =====
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/videos/en/index.html FamilySearch Web Site Video Demonstrations]<br>
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This web site offers thorough tutorials for the Forums and several other FamilySearch products.<br>
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===== [[Google+|Google+]]<br>  =====
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*[http://youtu.be/A3Atj57r15U Google+: There's more to explore]
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*[http://youtu.be/WVROEsSxRk8 Google+: Set Up Your Profile]
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While this tutorial covers profiles and not pages, there are more similarities than differences.
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===== [[Skype|Skype]]<br>  =====
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*[http://youtu.be/h7v0YwTwXSA How to start a Skype group text chat - Windows] ([http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL73F9EA2D155BF3B2 other] Official Skype Windows videos)<br>
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*[http://youtu.be/Yj1NT6_adKw How to start a Skype group text chat - Mac] ([http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFCAC5DF15DBE2C56 other] Official Skype Mac videos)<br>
  
Each Saturday, a training webinar is held to teach about the different things that can be done with a Facebook page.  
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Besides learning how the GRC group chats were first started, these videos will show you how to add one of the GRC chats to your contacts. Remember, you must be first added to the chat by someone who is already in the group chat.<br>
  
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!
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===== [[Twitter|Twitter]]  =====
  
'''Meeting information:'''
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*[http://youtu.be/NshQFrpC2O4 Discover more about #newtwitter] (Official Twitter video)
  
:*'''Date:''' Each Saturday
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===== [[Wikis|Wiki]]<br>  =====
:*'''Time:'''&nbsp;10am Mountain Time
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:*'''Place:''' [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org/a/aab71f311d4cf146d7a848bf1c027732 Click to attend]
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'''Instructions to join:'''
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/videos/en/index.html FamilySearch Web Site Video Demonstrations]<br>
  
:*'''Click '''the above link.
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This web site offers thorough tutorials for the Wiki and several other FamilySearch products.<br>
:*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 1212# 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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== Handouts and other resources  ==
  
:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].
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*Expert advice from social media professionals and enthusiasts adapted for our genealogy research community volunteers
:*Enter 1212 and click '''Find Meeting'''.  
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*#[[Six Principles of a Viable Genealogy Research Community|Six Principles of a Viable Genealogy Research Community]]<br>
:*Click '''Past''', change the dates if needed.  
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*Genealogy Research Communities in the news and success stories
:*In the bottom section, find the meeting on the '''date '''of the meeting you want to watch.  
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*#[https://www.familysearch.org/blog/facebook/ Like Us on Facebook (FamilySearch Blog)] - 22 Mar 2012
:*Click on the number '''1212 '''to go to the meeting room.
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*#[http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/01/familysearch-seeks-admins-for-facebook-pages-and-skype-group-chats.html FamilySearch Seeks Admins for Facebook Pages and Skype Group Chats (EOGN Blog)] also [http://www.geneapress.com/2012/01/familysearch-seeks-admins-for-facebook.html GeneaPress]- 23 Jan 2012
:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.  
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*#[[Walker History Room uses GRCs|Walker History Room uses GRCs (Walker History Room Monthly Report)]] - Oct 2011
:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
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*#[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/08/beyond-walls-of-your-fhc.html Beyond the Walls of Your FHC (The Ancestry Insider Blog)] - 23 Aug 2011
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*#[https://www.familysearch.org/techtips/2011/05/facebook-research-community Join a Facebook Research Community! (FamilySearch TechTips Blog)] - 19 May 2011
  
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== Discuss community building  ==
  
== Request to become an Admin  ==
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Please share your community building ideas on the [[Talk:Facebook and Skype Community Administrators|Discussion page]].<br>
  
If you are interested in being an admin of a Research Community, send an email to gmajande@yahoo.com with the following:
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{{H-langs|en=Main Page|es=Guía de administradores de las comunidades de FamilySearch}}
  
:*Your name and best way to contact:
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[[Category:Social_Media]] [[Category:Volunteer]]
:*Area to admin:
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:*Genealogical research experience in this area:
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:*Experience in Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites:
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Revision as of 18:47, 23 August 2012

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

Can you help.jpg

FamilySearch's Genealogy Research Communities (GRCs) create a place where people can get assistance with their research questions. Each area has one or more volunteers who help with the administration of the page and/or community. You can volunteer to be an administrator, if you want to be more involved. You can also help by visiting a community to join in on the conversation. Click one of the links above for a listing of available communities on each platform. Facebook and Skype have the largest community presence. Volunteers do an incredible work to help people with their research in all areas of the world. 

Contents

Request to become a community administrator

If you are interested in being an administrator of a Genealogy Research Community, please fill out the following form:

Request to be a volunteer administrator

FamilySearch Community Administrator Guide

Administrator Community

  1. Welcome
  2. Our administrator community
  3. Administrator community meetings
  4. FamilySearch sponsors
  5. Special roles
  6. Regional managers

Administrator Responsibilities

  1. Responding to questions and posts
  2. Sharing resources
  3. Building community

Administrator Best Practices

  1. Responding to questions and posts
  2. Sharing resources
  3. Building community


Platform overviews

The following platform overviews vary in thoroughness, but each provides important understanding of what each platform offers. As a volunteer, you will help more people when you understand how each platform works. Click a heading for more detail on using the platform for genealogy.

Facebook
Forums

This web site offers thorough tutorials for the Forums and several other FamilySearch products.

Google+

While this tutorial covers profiles and not pages, there are more similarities than differences.

Skype

Besides learning how the GRC group chats were first started, these videos will show you how to add one of the GRC chats to your contacts. Remember, you must be first added to the chat by someone who is already in the group chat.

Twitter
Wiki

This web site offers thorough tutorials for the Wiki and several other FamilySearch products.

Handouts and other resources

Discuss community building

Please share your community building ideas on the Discussion page.