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== Getting Started as a New Contributor<br> ==
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[[Image:WikiProject User Help NT.png|right|Copyright by author: Andrew Hampe (under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License)]]Welcome!&nbsp;Thank you for your willingness to come and contribute your knowledge to help genealogists everywhere find their ancestors. <br>  
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Help:Wiki Basics|Getting Started on the Wiki]]'''</span></u><br>Completing the basics
  
The following will help you get started (click the links to learn more about each item):&nbsp;  
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<span style="font-size: 19px;">'''<u>[[Help:Browsing the Wiki|Browsing the Wiki]]</u>'''</span> <br>Navigating the site
  
:#[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|Register]] for an account (you may already have one if you use other FamilySearch.org or LDS.org web sites)
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:#Take the [[Help:Tour|Wiki Tour]] or visit a [[New Wiki Contributors Training|New Wiki Contributors Training Meeting]] to learn more about ways you can contribute<br>  
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<span style="font-size: 19px;">'''<u>[[Help:Editing The Wiki|Editing the Wiki]]</u>'''</span><br>Help with editing, linking, templates, and more
:#*Sharing something you know about where you live
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:#*Adding information about a place you are currently researching
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:#*Joining an [[Projects Seeking Contributors|ongoing project]]<br>(The links below will help you get started)
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:#[[Help:User page|Edit your user page]] to tell others a little about yourself.
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{{Contributor Help badge}}The Family Search Wiki is a collaborative community effort. Your contributions are welcome on '''every''' page.&nbsp;  
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<span style="font-size: 19px;">'''<u>[[Help:User page and preferences|User Page and Preferences]]</u>'''</span>&nbsp;<br>Creating a user page and setting preferences
  
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Help:Images and files|Images and Files]]'''</span></u><br>Uploading and using images and files
  
== Getting Started - Wiki Lessons  ==
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<span style="font-size: 19px;">'''<u>[[Help:Resources and lists|Resources and Lists]]</u>'''</span>&nbsp;<br>Handy reference information for contributors
  
Review interactive courses to teach you how to contribute to the wiki. &nbsp;Each lesson takes approximately 15-20 minutes:  
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Help:Guiding principles and policies|Guiding Principles and Policies]]'''</span></u><br>Community standards for contributors
  
*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/Wiki_Overview/player.html Wiki Overview]
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*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/CreatingandSearching/player.html Searching for and Creating Articles]
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Help:Creating a new page|Creating a Page]]'''</span></u><br>Creating and renaming Wiki Pages
*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/EditingWikiArticles/player.html Editing Articles]
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*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/LinksandCitations/player.html Adding Links and Citations]  
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*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/InsertingImagesandTemplates/player.html Inserting Images and Using Templates]  
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*[http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Local_Support/Consultant/BIG/Research_Wiki/WatchingWikiArticles/player.html Watching Articles and Using History]
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Each one contains:  
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Community Center|Community Center]]'''</span></u><br>Collaborate and communicate with other users
  
*A basic explanation of how to perform a task.
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*A video demonstration (the same demonstrations listed in the Video Demonstrations section below)
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<u><span style="font-size: 19px;">'''[[Help:Support team|Technical Information]]'''</span></u><br>Instructions for support and sysops
*Practice exercises
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*Handouts with step-by-step instructions and pictures
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*Check Your Learning quizzes
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== Getting Started - Video Demonstrations  ==
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| width="35%" | '''<u><span align="center" style="font-size: 19px;">[[User:Evancol/Sandbox/Questions|Questions?]]</span></u>'''<br>Get help from a real person&nbsp;<br><br><br>'''<u><span align="center" style="font-size: 19px;">[[Help:Volunteer to help|Volunteer to help]]</span></u>'''<br>Contribute your knowledge, or&nbsp;<br>help make the wiki a better place
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You can also watch shorter 3-5 minute videos on each topic:
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit Editing&nbsp;a Wiki Article&nbsp;]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiLinks Adding Links]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiImages Adding&nbsp;Images]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiCitations Adding Citations]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Create Creating a&nbsp;Wiki Article]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiWatch Watching&nbsp;Wiki Articles]
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*[https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiTemplates Using Templates]
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*Webinar:&nbsp;[http://www.millenniacorp.com/_videos/webinars/2011-07-06-we/2011-07-06-we.html Leveraging the Power of We: a Watershed Event in Discovering Where to Find Your Ancestors] by FamilySearch's Michael Ritchey
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== Getting Started - Contributor Help Articles  ==
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'''Editing'''
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*[[Help:Basic Editing|Basic editing]]&nbsp; (see [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit demo])<br>  
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*[[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page|Basic: Copy and paste into a wiki page]]
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*[[Help:The Editing Tool (FCK Editor)|Help: The Editing Tool&nbsp;]]
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*[[Simple edits you can make|Simple edits you can make]]
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*[[Help:Formatting|Basic Wikitext]]
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'''Citing Sources'''
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*[[Help:How to add citations|How to add citations]] (see [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiCitations demo])
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Source Citation Formats|Source Citation Formats]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Sources Consulted but Not Referenced|Sources consulted but not referenced]]
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'''Linking'''
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*[[Help:Adding Links|Adding Links]] (see [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiLinks demo])
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*[[Help:Create an internal link|Linking to Wiki pages]]
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*[[Help:Create an external link|Linking outside the Wiki]]
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*[[Help:Advanced Linking|Advanced linking]][[Create a page linked from an existing page|<br>]]
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'''Wiki Guidelines'''
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]]
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<br>'''Images'''
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*[[Help:Selecting images for the Wiki|Selecting images]]
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*[[Upload a file or image|Submitting images]]&nbsp; (see [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiImages demo])
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*[[Insert an uploaded image in an article|Adding images to a page]]
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'''Creating and Naming Pages'''
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Name a new article|Basic page naming]]
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*[[Help:How to create an article|Creating a page]] (see [http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/fhd/Community/FamilySearch/Wiki_Demos/En/videos.html?v=create-new-page demo])
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*[[Create a page linked from an existing page|Creating a new linked page]]
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'''Watching Pages'''
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*[[Help:Tracking changes|Watch page changes]] (see [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/WikiWatch demo])
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*[[Help:Watchlist|Watching Pages]]
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== &nbsp;&nbsp;Join the Community  ==
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'''Community Links'''
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*[[Community Center|Community Center]]
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*[[Community News|Community News]]
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*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Research Forums]
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*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=5 Wiki Forums]
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'''Community Projects'''
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*[[Projects Seeking Contributors|Projects Seeking Contributors]]
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'''Community Support'''
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Support|Help Support Wiki Contributors]]
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'''Community Meetings'''
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meetings]]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Learn about <u>all</u> the meetings currently going on around the Wiki.
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#[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/New_Wiki_Contributors_Training New Wiki Contributors Training Meeting]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki Contributors Meeting|Wiki Contributors Meeting]]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Technical Meeting|Technical Meeting]]
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== Intermediate/Advanced - Help Articles  ==
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'''Advanced Editing'''
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*[[Edit a page|Advanced editing]] <br>
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*[[Help:Wiki markup|Advanced editing with Wikitext]]<br>
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*[[Help:How to Convert a Microsoft Office Document into Wiki Format|Advanced: Copy documents into the wiki]]<br>
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*[[How moderators upload images|Uploading images]] (for Reviewers and Moderators)<br>
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'''Categorization'''
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*[[Help:Categorization|How to categorize pages]]&nbsp;(see&nbsp;last part of this [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Edit demo])&nbsp;
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*[https://fch.ldschurch.org/WWSupport/wiki/GetStartedHelp/AddCategory_GP/AddCategory_GP.htm Guided practice for adding categories]
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*[[Help:Advanced categorization|Advanced categorization]]
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*[[Special:Categories|Browse existing categories]]
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'''Naming, Renaming, and Redirecting Pages'''
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*[[Help:Renaming a page|Renaming a page]]&nbsp;(see last part of this [https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/FS_index.html?v=https://help.familysearch.org/kb/tutorials/en/fsdemos/Wiki-Create demo])&nbsp;
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*[[Help:Redirects|Redirecting a page]]
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*[[Help:Namespaces|Adding a page to the correct namespace]]
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*[[Help:How to Create an Un-Portal Page|Creating an un-portal page]]
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'''Templates'''
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*[[Help:Templates|Help: Templates]]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 Contributor Help] -&nbsp;&nbsp;This is where you can ask "how to" questions you cannot find answers for.
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*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=81 Contributor's Corner]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp; Participate in Wiki decision making, vote in polls concerning policy, format and other issues, and discuss relevant topics.
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*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/forumdisplay.php?f=1 Feedback and Suggestions]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Have a great suggestion to help make the Wiki better&nbsp;?&nbsp; Want to give feedback on the Wiki operation, governance or design&nbsp;?&nbsp;&nbsp; This is the place to do it.
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'''Avoiding Disputes'''
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'''Wiki Governance'''
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*[[Contributor Guidelines|Contributor Guidelines]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|Volunteer as a Wiki moderator]]
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*[[FamilySearch Research Wiki Teaching Aids|Wiki Teaching Aids]]
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Revision as of 16:44, 27 September 2011



Search Wiki Help



Getting Started on the Wiki
Completing the basics

Browsing the Wiki
Navigating the site

Editing the Wiki
Help with editing, linking, templates, and more

User Page and Preferences 
Creating a user page and setting preferences

Images and Files
Uploading and using images and files

Resources and Lists 
Handy reference information for contributors

Guiding Principles and Policies
Community standards for contributors

Creating a Page
Creating and renaming Wiki Pages

Community Center
Collaborate and communicate with other users

Technical Information
Instructions for support and sysops

Questions?
Get help from a real person 


Volunteer to help
Contribute your knowledge, or 
help make the wiki a better place