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During this hands-on workshop we learned how to become a part of the FamilySearch Community using tools like the Research Wiki, Research Forums, and online classes. The information shared in the workshop was added to this Wiki article to make it possible for anyone to explore and participate in the world of "community" with FamilySearch. We all know something that can help someone else find their ancestors!
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During this hands-on workshop we learned how to become a part of the FamilySearch Community using tools like the Research Wiki, Research Forums, and online classes. The information shared in the workshop was added to this Wiki article to make it possible for anyone to explore and participate in the world of "community" with FamilySearch. We all know something that can help someone else find their ancestors!  
  
 
== Discover 21 Community Tools  ==
 
== Discover 21 Community Tools  ==
  
 
==== FamilySearch Community Tools  ====
 
==== FamilySearch Community Tools  ====
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*[https://blog.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Blog]]  
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[[Image:Family Tech.png|thumb|right]]  
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Main_Page FamilySearch Wiki (English)], ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/es/P%C3%A1gina_Principal Spanish)], ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/pt/P%C3%A1gina_principal Portuguese]), ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/sv/Huvudsida Swedish])  
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*Blog, ''NEW'' - ([http://conferenciadegenealogia.blogspot.com/ Spanish])
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*[[Main Page|FamilySearch Wiki (English)]], ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/es/P%C3%A1gina_Principal Spanish)], ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/pt/P%C3%A1gina_principal Portuguese]), ([https://wiki.familysearch.org/sv/Huvudsida Swedish])  
 
*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ FamilySearch Forums (English)], [http://forums.familysearch.org/es/index.php (Spanish)]  
 
*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ FamilySearch Forums (English)], [http://forums.familysearch.org/es/index.php (Spanish)]  
*[https://giveback.familysearch.org/indexing FamilySearch Indexing]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.htmls FamilySearch Learning Center]  
*[https://learning.familysearch.org/researchcourses FamilySearch Research Courses]
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*''NEW'' - [https://www.familysearch.org/techtips/ TechTips]
*[https://learning.familysearch.org/getting_started FamilySearch-Getting started with family history]
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*[http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch FamilySearch Feedback] including [http://getsatisfaction.com/familysearch/products 19 product filters])
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help]  
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*''NEW'' - [http://familytech.familysearch.org/ Family Tech]
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==== FamilySearch Facebook Pages  ====
 
==== FamilySearch Facebook Pages  ====
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*[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48576012707 FamilySearch Facebook Page]  
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48576012707 FamilySearch Facebook Page]  
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48576012707 FamilySearch Wiki Facebook Page]  
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48576012707 FamilySearch Wiki Facebook Page]  
*[http://www.facebook.com/familysearchindexing FamilySearch Indexing Facebook Page (English)], [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indexation-de-FamilySearch/109782482404928 (Spanish)]
 
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-History-Library/169173515997 Family History Library]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Family-History-Library/169173515997 Family History Library]
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==== FamilySearch Research Community Facebook Pages  ====
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This article describes the research community pages:
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*[[Join a Facebook Research Community]] ('''New '''localities added!)
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/England-Genealogy-Research-Community/183991398317906 England Genealogy Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Finland-Genealogy-Research-Community/193372724045988?ref=ts&sk=wall Finland Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Illinois-Genealogy-Research-Community/154024921331769?sk=wall Illinois Genealogy Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ireland-Genealogy-Research-Community/111217125636860?ref=ts&sk=wall Ireland Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Genealogy-Research-Community/216269005073385 Missouri Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-Genealogy-Research-Community/130185953722196?sk=wall New York Genealogy Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Carolina-Genealogy-Research-Community/216323471741673?ref=ts&sk=wall North Carolina Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweden-Genealogy-Research-Community/119750384772989?sk=wall Sweden Genealogy Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Genealogy-Research-Community/117055888382845?ref=ts&sk=wall Texas Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wales-Genealogy-Research-Community/224401064237715 Wales Research Community]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Virginia-Genealogy-Research-Community/230624450282663 West Virginia Research Community]
  
 
==== FamilySearch Twitter Feeds  ====
 
==== FamilySearch Twitter Feeds  ====
  
*[http://twitter.com/#!/fs_news FamilySearch News Twitter Feed]  
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*[https://twitter.com/#!/FSHistRecords FamilySearch Historical Records Twitter Feed]  
*[http://twitter.com/#!/FamilySearchInd FamilySearch Indexing Twitter Feed]
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*[http://twitter.com/#!/FamilySearchInd FamilySearch Indexing Twitter Feed]  
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*[https://twitter.com/#!/RecordsWiki FamilySearch Records Wiki]
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==== FamilySearch Skype Research Communities  ====
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This article explains how to join a Skype community:
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 [[Join a Skype Research Community]] ('''New''' localities added!)
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*Illinois, United States
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*New York, United States
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*Hemet, California, United States
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*Mexico City, Mexico
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*England
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*Sweden
  
 
==== FamilySearch YouTube Channel  ====
 
==== FamilySearch YouTube Channel  ====
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{{FamilySearch Collection
 
{{FamilySearch Collection
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|title=Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908-1949
 
|title=Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908-1949
 
|location=United States
 
|location=United States
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==== [https://giveback.familysearch.org/indexing Worldwide Indexing]  ====
 
==== [https://giveback.familysearch.org/indexing Worldwide Indexing]  ====
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*Currently, all inter-wiki links to other languages exist at the bottom of the page. If you do not see a link to another language, then you know that the page has not been translated.  
 
*Currently, all inter-wiki links to other languages exist at the bottom of the page. If you do not see a link to another language, then you know that the page has not been translated.  
 
*Note that the Spanish wiki does not yet have the inter-wiki links to the English wiki.
 
*Note that the Spanish wiki does not yet have the inter-wiki links to the English wiki.
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*Personal tools
 
*Personal tools
  
==== Keyword searches  ====
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*Basic
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*Advanced
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==== Browse  ====
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==== Search and Browse  ====
  
*Browse by country  
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*[[Help:Basic Searches]]
*Browse by topic (the categories)  
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*[[Browse by Country|Browse by country]]
*Navigational boxes  
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*[[:Category:Contents|Browse by topic]] (the categories)  
*Clickable maps
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*Navigational boxes (see [[Help:Navboxes]] for help
*Disambiguation pages  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Disambiguation|Disambiguation pages]]
*“What links here” on every page
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*“What links here” on every page  
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*Clickable maps
  
 
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== Self-Help  ==
 
== Self-Help  ==
  
{{How-to-articles}}  
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==== Learn the Basics  ====
 
==== Learn the Basics  ====
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==== Learn How to Edit and Contribute  ====
 
==== Learn How to Edit and Contribute  ====
  
*[[Help:Edit and Contribute|Help: Edit and contribute]]  
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*[[Help:Contributor Help|Help: Edit and contribute]]  
 
*[[Help:Editing a Page|Help: Editing a page]]  
 
*[[Help:Editing a Page|Help: Editing a page]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|Video tutorials]]
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|Video tutorials]]
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== Help From Others  ==
 
== Help From Others  ==
  
Online [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meetings]]:
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Online [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meetings]]:  
  
 
*New Wiki Users  
 
*New Wiki Users  
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*Project Meetings
 
*Project Meetings
  
[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ FamilySearch Forums]:
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[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ FamilySearch Forums]:  
  
 
*Research Advice for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania, United Kingdom and Ireland  
 
*Research Advice for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania, United Kingdom and Ireland  
 
*FamilySearch Support for FamilySearch.org, Historical Records Collections, Indexing, new FamilySearch, Wiki, Family History Centers, and Forums Feedback and Help.
 
*FamilySearch Support for FamilySearch.org, Historical Records Collections, Indexing, new FamilySearch, Wiki, Family History Centers, and Forums Feedback and Help.
  
Others:
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Others:  
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help]  
 
*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help]  
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/familysearch FamilySearch YouTube]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/familysearch FamilySearch YouTube]
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:#How to [[Help:Submitting images for approval|submit images for approval]]  
 
:#How to [[Help:Submitting images for approval|submit images for approval]]  
 
:#How to [[Help:Adding images to articles|add a photo to a wiki page]]  
 
:#How to [[Help:Adding images to articles|add a photo to a wiki page]]  
:#How to create headings on a wiki page  
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:#How to [[Help:Section|create section headings on a wiki page]]
:#How to use templates  
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:#How to [[Help:A quick guide to templates|use templates]]
:#How to create internal wiki links  
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:#How to [[Help:Create an internal link|create internal wiki links]]
:#How to create external wiki links
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:#How to [[Help:Create an external link|create external wiki links]]
  
 
==== Content ideas for your user page  ====
 
==== Content ideas for your user page  ====
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*Add a photo  
 
*Add a photo  
 
*Add user boxes (share more about yourself through these visual badges). See a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Userboxes|gallery]] of user boxes you can add to your page and the [[Help:Userbox|help page]] for instructions.  
 
*Add user boxes (share more about yourself through these visual badges). See a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Userboxes|gallery]] of user boxes you can add to your page and the [[Help:Userbox|help page]] for instructions.  
*Add links to the WikiProjects you are working on  
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*Add links to the [[Projects Seeking Contributors|WikiProjects]] you are working on  
*Add links to your Wiki Sub-Pages i.
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*Add links to your Wiki [[Help:Subpages|Subpages]]
*Your own pedigree chart
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*Your own [[Template:Ahnentafel|pedigree chart]]
  
 
==== Related articles  ====
 
==== Related articles  ====
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*[[Help:User page|User page]]  
 
*[[Help:User page|User page]]  
 
*An explanation of the [[FamilySearch Wiki:User page|User page]]  
 
*An explanation of the [[FamilySearch Wiki:User page|User page]]  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Talk page guidelines|Guidelines for the talk page]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Talk page guidelines|Guidelines for the talk page]]
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*[[Keys to success using the Wiki]]
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== External Links  ==
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View the slide deck and details about the other RootsTech sessions at:
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*[http://lanyrd.com/2011/rootstech/ Lanyrd - the social conference directory]
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*[http://lanyrd.com/2011/rootstech/scwxw/ FamilySearch Community Tools Workshop] - on Lanyrd that includes the slide deck
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*[http://www.slideshare.net/franjensen/community-tools The slide deck on slide'''share'''.net]
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Revision as of 16:38, 22 August 2012

RootsTech.gif A workshop at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday, February 12, 2011
FamilySearch Community Tools (TU229), presented by Fran Jensen.


During this hands-on workshop we learned how to become a part of the FamilySearch Community using tools like the Research Wiki, Research Forums, and online classes. The information shared in the workshop was added to this Wiki article to make it possible for anyone to explore and participate in the world of "community" with FamilySearch. We all know something that can help someone else find their ancestors!

Discover 21 Community Tools

FamilySearch Community Tools

Family Tech.png

FamilySearch Facebook Pages

FamilySearch Research Community Facebook Pages

This article describes the research community pages:

FamilySearch Twitter Feeds

FamilySearch Skype Research Communities

This article explains how to join a Skype community:

 Join a Skype Research Community (New localities added!)

  • Illinois, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Hemet, California, United States
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • England
  • Sweden

FamilySearch YouTube Channel


Integration of Community Tools

Forums

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  • Social Groups - One of the community features in the Forums is the social groups. From the "Community" drop-down menu select the "Social Groups" option. Currently there are six different types of social groups that can be created: Ancestor, Surname, Organizations, Family History Centers, Indexing, Wards or Stakes, plus Uncategorized. Join an existing group, or start one of your own. Take the time to view several groups to get ideas for how you can use this community tool.
  • Locality forums – when you cannot find the answer to your research question in the Wiki, click on the link to the Forums and ask your question. Someone will respond, and if details are available in the wiki, they will likely include a link to the article. There are forums for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania, United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Historical Records Forums - the Historical Records on FamilySearch will often link to an article on the Wiki that describes in more detail how to use the collection. Sharing your own ideas for using the records will help others with their own research, plus it will preserve the knowledge you've gained through experience.
  • FamilySearch Indexing Forums - Get help and also share your knowledge about indexing.
  • FamilySearch Wiki Forums - Discuss using the wiki or report technical issues. Leave feedback or post suggestions regarding how the Wiki can improve. Plus, the newest forum is specifically for contributor's. On this forum you can ask questions about contributing, how to add or edits articles, etc.
  • Additional forums include: FamilySearch.org, new.FamilySearch.org, Family History Center Support, and Forums Feedback and Help.

Research Courses

  • The option to give course feedback is a community effort. Example: German Town of Origin is sponsored by Teresa S. McMillin. Her course links to her website and also has the option to leave feedback about the course.
  • Linking courses to corresponding wiki articles is a community effort. Example: The Descendancy Research: Related Materials course links to the corresponding wiki article. Also note that the wiki article links to a three-part video recording of the course.
  • Anyone can add the links from the Wiki to the Courses.

Historical Record Collections

  • Records page will often link to "Learn more”. This is a link to the wiki page. See Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records as an example.
  • The Wiki articles that describe the usage of an historical record collection will also link back to the search option on FamilySearch so you can immediately conduct the search for your ancestors. You can easily identify an Historical Record article in the wiki because of the banner that appears at the top of every Historical Record article. For example:
FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Historical Record Collections .


Worldwide Indexing

  • Pages in the wiki are created for indexing projects. Sometimes the current status of the project is noted on the wiki page. See FamilySearch Indexing: US, Texas-Birth Records, 1903-1934 as an example.
  • Indexing articles in the Wiki are easily identified with a banner that includes links to the indexing project. Within the banner you will see a link to the indexing site where you can begin participating.
FamilySearch Record Search This article contains instructions for indexing a collection of records online for FamilySearch.
Help index these records: http://indexing.familysearch.org
Access and search completed indexes: Historical Record Collections

English Wiki Links to Spanish Wiki

  • The ability to link an English wiki article to the corresponding article that resides in one of the language wiki's is a multi-language community effort. If you can read and translate in other languages, you could support the wiki by translating articles and adding the content to one of the other wikis.
  • For example, see the Peru page in the English wiki. At the bottom of the page you will see a link to the corresponding page for Perú in the Spanish Wiki.
  • Currently, all inter-wiki links to other languages exist at the bottom of the page. If you do not see a link to another language, then you know that the page has not been translated.
  • Note that the Spanish wiki does not yet have the inter-wiki links to the English wiki.
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Finding Your Way Around the Wiki

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Basic Navigation

  • Views
  • Toolbox
  • Community (the hidden feature!)
  • Personal tools
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Search and Browse


Self-Help

How to ...
Edit
Basic editing
Simple edits
Editing tool
Advanced editing
Links
Using Rich Editor
Internal links
External links
Advanced linking
Pages
Naming
Moving (renaming)
Deleting
Redirects
Style guide
Formatting
Wiki markup
Wikitext cheatsheet
Collaborate
User page
Talk pages
Updates
Tracking changes
Recent changes
Watchlist
Images
Selecting images
Uploading
Getting approved
Adding to articles
Tables
Advanced tables
Spreadsheets
Categories
Categorization
Advanced
categorization
Templates
Quick guide
Advanced templates

Learn the Basics

Learn How to Edit and Contribute

  1. Basic Search
  2. Advanced Search
  3. Basic Editing
  4. Creating Links
  5. Adding Images
  6. Creating a New Page

Help From Others

Online Community Meetings:

  • New Wiki Users
  • Experienced Genealogist
  • Wiki Contributors
  • Technical Meeting
  • Project Meetings

FamilySearch Forums:

  • Research Advice for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • FamilySearch Support for FamilySearch.org, Historical Records Collections, Indexing, new FamilySearch, Wiki, Family History Centers, and Forums Feedback and Help.

Others:


Authoring in the Wiki

User Pages

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  • Connect with the community through your own user page. See examples of how other wiki contributors are connecting with others in the community through their user page and their user discussion page:
Laraleepn
JamesAnderson
Lembley
Cottrells
RitcheyMT
Fran
VasquezJL

Learn Through Experience

By adding some basic content to your own user page, you will learn:

  1. How to submit images for approval
  2. How to add a photo to a wiki page
  3. How to create section headings on a wiki page
  4. How to use templates
  5. How to create internal wiki links
  6. How to create external wiki links

Content ideas for your user page

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  • Add a short biography
  • Add a photo
  • Add user boxes (share more about yourself through these visual badges). See a gallery of user boxes you can add to your page and the help page for instructions.
  • Add links to the WikiProjects you are working on
  • Add links to your Wiki Subpages
  • Your own pedigree chart

Related articles


External Links

View the slide deck and details about the other RootsTech sessions at: