Help:Creating a society page

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Family history or genealogical societies are mentioned in many articles throughout the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Societies can join one of the largest genealogical Wikis in the world by creating a page for your society that includes a snapshot of the benefits and activities of your society:  
 
Family history or genealogical societies are mentioned in many articles throughout the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Societies can join one of the largest genealogical Wikis in the world by creating a page for your society that includes a snapshot of the benefits and activities of your society:  
  
== General Information ==
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==== Benefits to your society  ====
 
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== Ready to create a society page? It's easy...  ==
 
== Ready to create a society page? It's easy...  ==
  
#Once your organization has decided to create a society page in the wiki, add your interest to the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?t=3628 FamilySearch Forum thread].
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#E-mail Wiki Support at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org].  
#Once we receive all of the information related to your society page, volunteers will be working to complete your request. You can expect your society page to be ready for use within 72 hours!
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#Request a page in the Wiki be created for your organization. Include the following information:<br>a. The name of your society or organization <br>b. The link to your society/organization's web page if you have one <br>c. A contact name and email address so that we can contact you to finalize the details (if you're a registered FamilySearch forums user, you can skip this step as we will contact you via a forums private message). <br>
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#A Support representative will create your page for you and teach you how to edit it to add the items you would like to include on it.
  
 
=== Prefer to do it yourself? Follow these instructions  ===
 
=== Prefer to do it yourself? Follow these instructions  ===
  
*Use the template created specifically for creating a society page.
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*Add details to the sections in the template, create new sections if needed, or delete those not applicable for your society.
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*Add the information box to the society page, including a society logo if desired.
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::Note: links to the templates will be added on 18 Aug 2010
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*Review the [[Template:Societies|template for creating a society page]]
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*Following the instructions on the template page, create your new society wiki page
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*Create a link from an existing wiki page where your society is mentioned to your new society page
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*Enjoy customizing your society page by adding details and images related to your society. Feel free to add new sections or delete those not applicable to your society
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*If you have any questions, call 866-406-1830 and ask for Wiki Support, or e-mail us at&nbsp;[mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org].
  
 
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=== Example Pages  ===
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*[[Arizona State Genealogical Society]]  
 
*[[Arizona State Genealogical Society]]  
 
*[[Benjamin Franklin Johnson Family Organization]]
 
*[[Benjamin Franklin Johnson Family Organization]]
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Family history or genealogical societies are mentioned in many articles throughout the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Societies can join one of the largest genealogical Wikis in the world by creating a page for your society that includes a snapshot of the benefits and activities of your society:

General Information

Benefits to your society

  • Post info on upcoming meetings and activities
  • Post presentations and handouts from your meetings
  • Promote seminars, conferences, and training events
  • Use the Wiki to connect projects your society needs done
  • Link to the wiki pages your society has adopted
  • Publish on-line newsletters
  • Increase your membership
  • Take advantage of the Wiki to reach a broader audience
  • Drive traffic to your website

Benefits to your members:

  • Link to members’ personal Wiki pages or personal genealogical websites
  • Lists members on the Wiki by locality focus, ethnic focus, residence, projects
  • Learn what’s new in data sets, software, and record collections pertaining to your area
  • Post announcements about achievements of your members and recognize them
  • Involve society members by involving them in the Wiki

Benefits to your society officers:

  • Communication function: new publications, new resources, new databases
  • Post back issues of your society newsletters so that you do not have to store them
  • Add answers to commonly asked genealogical questions
  • Save the cost of hiring a webmaster and the maintenance costs

Ready to create a society page? It's easy...

  1. E-mail Wiki Support at support@familysearch.org.
  2. Request a page in the Wiki be created for your organization. Include the following information:
    a. The name of your society or organization
    b. The link to your society/organization's web page if you have one
    c. A contact name and email address so that we can contact you to finalize the details (if you're a registered FamilySearch forums user, you can skip this step as we will contact you via a forums private message).
  3. A Support representative will create your page for you and teach you how to edit it to add the items you would like to include on it.

Prefer to do it yourself? Follow these instructions

Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.


  • Review the template for creating a society page
  • Following the instructions on the template page, create your new society wiki page
  • Create a link from an existing wiki page where your society is mentioned to your new society page
  • Enjoy customizing your society page by adding details and images related to your society. Feel free to add new sections or delete those not applicable to your society
  • If you have any questions, call 866-406-1830 and ask for Wiki Support, or e-mail us at support@familysearch.org.

Example Pages

Review the following pages to see what a society page might look like. (Note that the pages are in various stages of creation as of 18 Aug 2010):