FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Guide

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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'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;  
  
 
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== Volunteer administrator training  ==
 
 
=== MeetingPlace webinars  ===
 
 
Each Saturday and Tuesday, a training webinar is held to teach about the different things that can be done with a Facebook page.
 
 
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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:*'''Date:''' Each Saturday and Tuesday<br>
 
:*'''Time:'''&nbsp;10:15am Mountain Time
 
:*'''Place:''' [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org/a/aab71f311d4cf146d7a848bf1c027732 Click to attend]
 
 
'''Instructions to join:'''
 
 
:*'''Click '''the above link.
 
:*Sign in as a '''Guest '''(your name will be shown as a meeting attendee).
 
:*Enter your '''phone number''' (no punctuation) to have the system call you.
 
:*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.
 
:*International callers may need to use Skype to dial into the meeting if the system doesn't call them.
 
 
'''Reviewing recordings:'''<br>
 
 
:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].
 
:*Enter the code 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 numberto go to the meeting room.
 
:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.
 
:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 00:50, 12 May 2012

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Research Communities on Facebook
Research Communities on Forums
Research Communities on Google+
Research Communities on Skype
Research Communities on Twitter
Research Communities on Wiki


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

FamilySearch Community Administrator Guide

Table of Contents

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.

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 an Admin of a Genealogy Research Community