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[[Image:Can you help.jpg|right|Can you help.jpg]] &lt;&nbsp;[[Join a Facebook Research Community|Research Communities on Facebook<br>]]&lt;&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Research Communities on Forums<br>]&lt;&nbsp;[[Research Communities on Google+|Research Communities on Google+<br>]]&lt;&nbsp;[[Join a Skype Research Community|Research Communities on Skype<br>]]&lt;&nbsp;[[Research Communities on Twitter|Research Communities on Twitter]]&lt;&nbsp;[[Research Communities on Wiki|Research Communities on Wiki]]
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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. The title of the volunteer may differ depending on the social media platform (e.g. "Admin" on Facebook pages, "Manager" on Google+ pages), but for consistency we often use the term administrator. Currently, Facebook and Skype have the largest community presence; although, the communities are growing on Google+, Twitter, forums, and this wiki. Volunteers do an incredible work to help people with their research in all areas of the world.&nbsp;
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FamilySearch sponsors Facebook pages to bring together the Genealogy Research Community (GRC) where people can get assistance with their research questions. Each area has one or more volunteers who help with the administration of the page. Volunteers do an incredible work to help people with their research in all areas of the world.
  
== Administrator Responsibilities ==
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== Request to become a community administrator ==
  
#Lead the creation of a vibrant, collaborative research community.
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If you are interested in being an administrator of a Genealogy Research Community, please fill out the following form:  
#*These responsibilities revolve around these main ideas:<br>
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##Interacting with those in the genealogy research community<br>
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##Answering research questions and other posts <br>
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##Encouraging others to answer questions<br>
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##Showing gratitude for resources shared
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#*Sharing news, events, resources, and information about genealogy research in this area<br>
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#*Remeber the community is not confined to the platform (Facebook, Google+ etc.). You can invite local organizations--such as libraries, archives, and societies--to share news and events on the page.
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#Help the community members adhere to the following policies:  
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#*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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#*All discussions should be kept neutral and non-denominational. (LDS-specific discussions should not take place in these groups.)
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#Join our group of community administrators, and connect with the volunteers of your specific community (we hope that each group will eventually have 2-3 admins). <br> <br>
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#If you must leave as a community administrator, please help us find someone else to take your place. <br>
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== Best practices for a genealogy community administrator ==
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:[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFE5cjBnQ3RiYld2Q3ZWZkI1S2wxdFE6MQ#gid=0 Request to be a volunteer administrator]
  
As a volunteer administrator for a FamilySearch Genealogy Research Community you are in a position to reach thousands of individuals and provide helpful research resources. There are countless blogs and classes available online which are available to help define best practices for social media. These best practices can change on a regular basis as the tools we use for social media continue to evolve. The following resources will help you stay up to date with this ever changing world:
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== FamilySearch Community Administrator Guide  ==
  
*Join the Genealogy Research Community Admins [https://www.facebook.com/groups/117212955030975/ Facebook group] (membership in this group is included with [[#Request_to_become_an_Admin|volunteering]] as a FamilySearch Genealogy Research Community admin)
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=== [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Community|Administrator Community]] ===
*Join the [[Genealogical Society Webmasters|Genealogical Society Webmasters]] [https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenSocWebmasters/ Facebook group]&nbsp;
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*Understand how [[Facebook|Facebook]] and [[Skype|Skype]] can be used for genealogy
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*Follow [https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150585382860868 ✭FACEBOOK Experts &amp; Resources!] Interest List on Facebook<br>
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== Volunteer administrator training ==
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Welcome to our growing team of administrators on our FamilySearch sponsored Facebook pages for research support. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the communities were first introduced in May 2011.
  
=== MeetingPlace webinars  ===
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#Administrator training
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#FamilySearch sponsors
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#Special roles
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#Regional managers
  
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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=== [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities|Administrator Responsibilities]]<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! 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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#Responding to questions and posts<br>  
 
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#Sharing resources  
'''Meeting information:'''
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#Building community
 
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:*'''Date:''' Each Saturday and Tuesday<br>
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:*'''Time:'''&nbsp;10:15am 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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:*'''Click '''the above link.
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:*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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:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].
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:*Enter the code and click '''Find Meeting'''.
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:*Click '''Past''', change the dates if needed.
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:*In the bottom section, find the meeting on the '''date '''of the meeting you want to watch.
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:*Click on the numberto go to the meeting room.
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:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.
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:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
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=== Screencasts (5 minute videos)  ===
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Recordings of the the webinars are available for at least a week afterward, but in the world of social media things change at a rapid pace. For that reason, and for your convenience, links to 5 minute trainings will be provided here. As these become obsolete they will also be updated. Due to the Facebook Timeline and management changes in March 2012, the 5 minute trainings are being redeveloped. Check back later.
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=== Handouts and other resources ===
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Expert advice from social media professionals and enthusiasts adapted for our genealogy research community volunteers:
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*[[Six Principles of a Viable Genealogy Research Community|Six Principles of a Viable Genealogy Research Community]]<br>
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== Request to become a community administrator  ==
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If you are interested in being an administrator of a Genealogy Research Community, please fill out the following form:
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:[https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFVZMWdHSVBzSXdNTDhQYk40Q2V5b0E6MQ Request to be an Admin of a Genealogy Research Community]
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== Handouts and other resources  ==
  
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*Genealogy Research Communities in the news and success stories
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*#[https://www.familysearch.org/blog/facebook/ Like Us on Facebook (FamilySearch Blog)] - 22 Mar 2012
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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
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*#[[Walker History Room uses GRCs|Walker History Room uses GRCs (Walker History Room Monthly Report)]] - Oct 2011
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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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Revision as of 18:16, 25 March 2013

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

Can you help.jpg

FamilySearch sponsors Facebook pages to bring together the Genealogy Research Community (GRC) where people can get assistance with their research questions. Each area has one or more volunteers who help with the administration of the page. 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

Welcome to our growing team of administrators on our FamilySearch sponsored Facebook pages for research support. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the communities were first introduced in May 2011.

  1. Administrator training
  2. FamilySearch sponsors
  3. Special roles
  4. Regional managers

Administrator Responsibilities

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

Handouts and other resources