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== Beginning Contributors are needed  ==
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=== Building the Wiki could be compared to a barn raising.[[Image:Barn Raising.jpg|thumb|right|Barn Raising.jpg]]  ===
 
=== Building the Wiki could be compared to a barn raising.[[Image:Barn Raising.jpg|thumb|right|Barn Raising.jpg]]  ===
  
A [[Barn Raising on FamilySearch Wiki|barn raising is]] accomplished with volunteers of all expertise levels -- from total beginners to master craftsmen. Of course a barn raising needs an architect and an engineer -- people who know how to design the building and what materials to use to make it durable. The project also requires master craftsmen who know how to read the plans and craft the joints that will hold the posts and beams together. Some less-skilled carpenters are needed for things like flooring, siding, and roofing. Many strong, cooperative people are needed to raise the walls with ropes and pikes. Finally, a crowd of people are needed to provide the flow of food, drink, and other items that will help sustain the laborers as they work.
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A [[Barn Raising on FamilySearch Wiki|barn raising is]] accomplished with volunteers of all expertise levels -- from total beginners to master craftsmen.&nbsp;
  
<br>Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs a variety of people. While it requires experts who can design the information architecture, the look and feel of the content section, the elements of a good article, and the way in which the various pages will interlink, it also needs folks who can do research for good record sources, find information already on the Internet regarding a topic, correct spelling mistakes and grammar, add headings to articles, transfer information from other sources to the wiki, and many other tasks. Whatever your expertise level, there's a place for you in a wiki barn raising.<br>
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Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs a variety of people, those who can:
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:*Search for good record sources, find information already available regarding a topic that could be linked to
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:*Correct spelling mistakes and grammar, add headings to articles
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:*Design the information architecture, the look and feel of the content section, the elements of a good article, and the way in which the various pages will interlink  
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:*Help care for the Wiki by combining duplicates, adding categories, and more
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Whatever your expertise level, there's a place for you in a wiki barn raising.  
  
 
== What tasks could a beginning contributor do?  ==
 
== What tasks could a beginning contributor do?  ==
  
=== Start simple. &nbsp; ===
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=== Start simple  ===
  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Stub|Stubs]]
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*[[Special:ShortPages|Short Pages]]
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:*Find pages that could use some TLC, such as [[FamilySearch Wiki:Stub|Stubs]], or [[Special:ShortPages|Short Pages]]. &nbsp;There might be a section in these articles that you could enhance by adding content, or even just spell-checking.
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:*Are you interested in a specific area? &nbsp;Could you add research tips to pages in that area that are in a specific section of the article, such as cemeteries?
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:*Another possibility would be to watch genealogy blogs for press or news releases that could be added to the Wiki, if they're not time sensitive.
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:*Could you check for broken links or add categories to pages?
  
*Look at pages in the Wiki that could use some TLC, such as [[FamilySearch Wiki:Stub|Stubs]]. &nbsp;There might be a section in a Stub article that you could enhance by adding content, or even just spell-checking.
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=== US County pages ===
*Are you interested in a specific locality? &nbsp;Could you use your expertise to add content to pages in that locality that are in a specific section of the article, such as cemeteries?
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*Look at County pages. &nbsp;Is there something specific that is missing from several of them?
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:*Example: Suppose several County pages are missing information about local libraries. &nbsp;Could you use an internet site, such as&nbsp;[http://libraries.com/ Libraries.com]&nbsp;to locate the libraries for each county and add the link to the page?  
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Is there something specific that is missing from several of them?
::*[[Create an external link|Create an External Link]]  
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::*[[Create an internal link|Create an Internal Link]]
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:*Examples:  
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::*Suppose several County pages are missing information about local libraries. &nbsp;Could you use an internet site, such as [http://www.publiclibraries.com/ PublicLibraries.com]&nbsp;to locate the libraries for each county and add the link to the page?  
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::*&nbsp;Add links to the Family History Center pages, if they're missing.
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::*How about looking for county histories on Googlebooks or Internet Archives and then adding them to the County pages?
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:*[[Create an external link|Create an External Link]]  
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:*[[Create an internal link|Create an Internal Link]]
  
 
=== Projects  ===
 
=== Projects  ===
  
:*There are several on-going projects in the Wiki. &nbsp;There will be information for areas where help is needed. &nbsp;Many of the tasks would be good for a beginner.  
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:There are several on-going projects in the Wiki. &nbsp;There will be information for areas where help is needed. &nbsp;Many of the tasks would be good for a beginner.  
::*[[Projects Seeking Contributors|Projects Seeking Contibutors]]
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::*[[Projects Seeking Contributors|Projects Seeking Contibutors]]  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Suggested articles|Suggested Articles]]
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Cleanup|Wiki Cleanup Projects]]
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Maintenance|Maintaining Existing Pages]]
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=== Other Help Wanted Projects  ===
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*Add information to your county and/or city pages.
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*Prepare county histories - county section of each state.
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*Repositories - what's in a repository of genealogical interest ... U.S. Canada.<br>
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*Outside company providing content ... we are putting in the wiki for formatting.
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*Write about Migration Trails - Which Counties and Towns they went through in both the U.S. &amp; Canada.<br>
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*[[Special:WantedPages|Write articles for links that are in <font color="red">red</font>.]]
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*[[Share your knowledge by adding to the Wiki|Write articles of little known research methods for various parts of the world.]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|Need Moderators to run projects for places around the world]]
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*[[Help:Support team|Join our support team.]]
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<span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">In addition to that, here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!</span>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Create_an_external_link Add links] to the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/browseByCategory David Rumsey Map Collection] for the state or county in question. For an example, see the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Pennsylvania Pennsylvania].
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*Add each state or county's creation date and parent states/counties. This information can be found using the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search] in the Family History Library Catalog.
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*Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is [http://sites.lib.byu.edu/fhc//index.php Brigham Young University's Family History Archives]. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/BYU-FHL_Digital_Book_Collection BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.]
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*The Research Wiki is also available in ten other [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Non-English_versions_of_the_wiki languages]. You can help by [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Translation translating pages] into one of the other languages.
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:If there are other areas of the FamilySearch Wiki you would like to volunteer for, we have a [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help_the_Wiki_grow Wiki Help Wanted] page that lists additional projects and areas where help is needed.
  
 
== Help  ==
 
== Help  ==
  
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:Help is available as you determine a task that you would like to do:
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::*[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]
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::*[[Help:Questions|Questions?]]&nbsp;(including Mentoring)<br>
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=== Learn more about ...  ===
  
*Help is available as you determine a task that you would like to do:
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Revision as of 23:56, 6 February 2013

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Building the Wiki could be compared to a barn raising.
Barn Raising.jpg

A barn raising is accomplished with volunteers of all expertise levels -- from total beginners to master craftsmen. 

Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs a variety of people, those who can:

  • Search for good record sources, find information already available regarding a topic that could be linked to
  • Correct spelling mistakes and grammar, add headings to articles
  • Design the information architecture, the look and feel of the content section, the elements of a good article, and the way in which the various pages will interlink
  • Help care for the Wiki by combining duplicates, adding categories, and more

Whatever your expertise level, there's a place for you in a wiki barn raising.

What tasks could a beginning contributor do?

Start simple

Lego at Work
  • Find pages that could use some TLC, such as Stubs, or Short Pages.  There might be a section in these articles that you could enhance by adding content, or even just spell-checking.
  • Are you interested in a specific area?  Could you add research tips to pages in that area that are in a specific section of the article, such as cemeteries?
  • Another possibility would be to watch genealogy blogs for press or news releases that could be added to the Wiki, if they're not time sensitive.
  • Could you check for broken links or add categories to pages?

US County pages

Is there something specific that is missing from several of them?

  • Examples:
  • Suppose several County pages are missing information about local libraries.  Could you use an internet site, such as PublicLibraries.com to locate the libraries for each county and add the link to the page?
  •  Add links to the Family History Center pages, if they're missing.
  • How about looking for county histories on Googlebooks or Internet Archives and then adding them to the County pages?

Projects

There are several on-going projects in the Wiki.  There will be information for areas where help is needed.  Many of the tasks would be good for a beginner.

Other Help Wanted Projects

In addition to that, here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!

If there are other areas of the FamilySearch Wiki you would like to volunteer for, we have a Wiki Help Wanted page that lists additional projects and areas where help is needed.

Help

Support help.png
Help is available as you determine a task that you would like to do:

Learn more about ...

Thumb Population.png
Projects Seeking Contributors
Thumb Help Books resized.png
Maintaining the Help Content Committee
Janitor.png
Maintenance and Patrolling Committee
Thumb Artist Palate resized.jpg
Enhancement Committee