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The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.
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The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.  
  
== Success Stories ==
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== Success Stories ==
# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#Wiki_to_the_rescue|Carlisle Indian School Records]]
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# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#.22Let.27s_give_it_a_test.22|Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps]]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#Wiki_to_the_rescue|Carlisle Indian School Records]]  
# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#Wiki_Links_to_FamilySearch_Historical Records|Using the Historical Records Wiki articles]]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#.22Let.27s_give_it_a_test.22|Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps]]  
# [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?t=2103 Using the Wiki with the Forums to get help]
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#Wiki_Links_to_FamilySearch_Historical_Records|Using the Historical Records Wiki articles]]  
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#[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?t=2103 Using the Wiki with the Forums to get help]  
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#Video:[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the Wiki: A Case Study]
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== Keys to Success  ==
  
== Keys to Success ==
 
 
=== '''Key One:''' Try it!  ===
 
=== '''Key One:''' Try it!  ===
  
In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.
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In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.  
  
 
=== '''Key Two:''' Use different ways to search and browse  ===
 
=== '''Key Two:''' Use different ways to search and browse  ===
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#*Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves  
 
#*Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves  
 
#*Research tools  
 
#*Research tools  
#*Articles that teach you how to locate records
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#*Articles that teach you how to locate records  
#*Tons of images to help learn about records and places
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#*Tons of images to help learn about records and places  
#*New research topics and articles never seen before
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#*New research topics and articles never seen before  
#*Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
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#*Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them  
 
#Answers to common research questions, for example see:  
 
#Answers to common research questions, for example see:  
 
#*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]  
 
#*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]  
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#*Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article  
 
#*Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article  
 
#FamilySearch Indexing articles in the Wiki  
 
#FamilySearch Indexing articles in the Wiki  
#*Get the instructions for how to index projects
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#*Get the instructions for how to index projects  
#*Get the updates to the project instructions that are not included in the indexing software
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#*Get the updates to the project instructions that are not included in the indexing software  
#*Use the discussion pages to ask questions about the projects when you don’t understand something
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#*Use the discussion pages to ask questions about the projects when you don’t understand something  
 
#The [https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help] link at the top of every screen  
 
#The [https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help] link at the top of every screen  
 
#*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help Type a question or use the advanced search] to find answers to your wiki questions  
 
#*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help Type a question or use the advanced search] to find answers to your wiki questions  
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#*Use the Wiki help and how-to pages  
 
#*Use the Wiki help and how-to pages  
 
#Live [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|community meetings]]  
 
#Live [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|community meetings]]  
#*Participate in the live meetings
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#*Participate in the live meetings  
#*Listen or watch the recordings; Choose MP3, MediaPlay, QuickTime, or Webinar type formats
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#*Listen or watch the recordings; Choose MP3, MediaPlay, QuickTime, or Webinar type formats  
#*Meetings for new wiki users
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#*Meetings for new wiki users  
#*Meetings for contributors
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#*Meetings for contributors  
#*Meetings for technical users
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#*Meetings for technical users  
#An Opportunity to Share
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#An Opportunity to Share  
 
#*Share what you know  
 
#*Share what you know  
 
#*No publication delays  
 
#*No publication delays  
#*Preserve your knowledge
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#*Preserve your knowledge  
#Your Own Page
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#Your Own Page  
#*Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community
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#*Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community  
#*User your User Page-Discussion page to communicate with wiki community members
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#*User your User Page-Discussion page to communicate with wiki community members  
#*Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you
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#*Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you  
 
#Discussion Pages  
 
#Discussion Pages  
#*Use the discussion page to share your ideas about improving an article
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#*Use the discussion page to share your ideas about improving an article  
 
#*Use the discussion page to talk to a specific user in the wiki  
 
#*Use the discussion page to talk to a specific user in the wiki  
#Viewing a List of Contributions
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#Viewing a List of Contributions  
#*View your own list of contributions
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#*View your own list of contributions  
#*Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes
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#*Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes  
 
#*Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”  
 
#*Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”  
#Every Page has a History
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#Every Page has a History  
#*See a history of all the edits made for any article
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#*See a history of all the edits made for any article  
#*See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved
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#*See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved  
 
#Wiki System Preferences  
 
#Wiki System Preferences  
 
#*Change your preferences.  
 
#*Change your preferences.  
#The Watch List
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#The Watch List  
 
#*Be notified when new content articles are updated.  
 
#*Be notified when new content articles are updated.  
 
#*Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.  
 
#*Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.  
#*Manage your watchlist
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#*Manage your watchlist  
#Article rating option at the bottom of every page
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#Article rating option at the bottom of every page  
#WikiProjects You Can Join
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#WikiProjects You Can Join  
#*Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content
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#*Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content  
#*Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders
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#*Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders  
#*Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject
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#*Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject  
#*Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn
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#*Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn  
#Featured Content
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#Featured Content  
#*Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best
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#*Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best  
#*Submit an article for Featured Article status
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#*Submit an article for Featured Article status  
#*Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status
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#*Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status  
#Disambiguation Pages
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#Disambiguation Pages  
#*There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of [[:Category:Ambiguous place names|Ambiguous place name pages]] in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!
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#*There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of [[:Category:Ambiguous place names|Ambiguous place name pages]] in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!  
#*For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the [[:Category:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation category page]]
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#*For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the [[:Category:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation category page]]  
#The Navigational Boxes
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#The Navigational Boxes  
#*There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.
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#*There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.  
#*Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing
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#*Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing  
 
#*Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places  
 
#*Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places  
#The "What links here" feature
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#The "What links here" feature  
 
#*If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.
 
#*If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.
  
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== Related Articles ==
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*[[FamilySearch Community Tools]]
 
*[[FamilySearch Community Tools]]
  
[[Category:FamilySearch Wiki Presentations]]
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[[Category:FamilySearch_Wiki_Presentations]] [[Category:FamilySearch_Presentations_at_BYU_2010]] [[Category:Help]]
[[Category:FamilySearch_Presentations_at_BYU_2010]]
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Revision as of 17:13, 16 November 2012

The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.

Contents

Success Stories

  1. Carlisle Indian School Records
  2. Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps
  3. Using the Historical Records Wiki articles
  4. Using the Wiki with the Forums to get help
  5. Video:Researching in the Wiki: A Case Study

Keys to Success

Key One: Try it!

In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.

Key Two: Use different ways to search and browse

  1. Keyword searches
  2. Browse by country
  3. Browse by topic
  4. Navigational boxes
  5. Categories
  6. Clickable maps
  7. Disambiguation pages
  8. "What links here" on every page

Key Three: Understand 25+ best features

  1. Research Content
    • FamilySearch publications were added to the Wiki and updated!
    • New research topics and articles never seen before
    • Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
    • Research strategies for births, deaths, and marriages based upon time and locality from the 1500s to the present
    • Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves
    • Research tools
    • Articles that teach you how to locate records
    • Tons of images to help learn about records and places
    • New research topics and articles never seen before
    • Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
  2. Answers to common research questions, for example see:
  3. FamilySearch Historical Records content
    • The Historical Records page links to the usage description page in the Wiki
    • The Historical Records Wiki page links to the database so you can immediately conduct a search
    • Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article
  4. FamilySearch Indexing articles in the Wiki
    • Get the instructions for how to index projects
    • Get the updates to the project instructions that are not included in the indexing software
    • Use the discussion pages to ask questions about the projects when you don’t understand something
  5. The FamilySearch Help link at the top of every screen
  6. Live community meetings
    • Participate in the live meetings
    • Listen or watch the recordings; Choose MP3, MediaPlay, QuickTime, or Webinar type formats
    • Meetings for new wiki users
    • Meetings for contributors
    • Meetings for technical users
  7. An Opportunity to Share
    • Share what you know
    • No publication delays
    • Preserve your knowledge
  8. Your Own Page
    • Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community
    • User your User Page-Discussion page to communicate with wiki community members
    • Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you
  9. Discussion Pages
    • Use the discussion page to share your ideas about improving an article
    • Use the discussion page to talk to a specific user in the wiki
  10. Viewing a List of Contributions
    • View your own list of contributions
    • Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes
    • Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”
  11. Every Page has a History
    • See a history of all the edits made for any article
    • See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved
  12. Wiki System Preferences
    • Change your preferences.
  13. The Watch List
    • Be notified when new content articles are updated.
    • Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.
    • Manage your watchlist
  14. Article rating option at the bottom of every page
  15. WikiProjects You Can Join
    • Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content
    • Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders
    • Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject
    • Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn
  16. Featured Content
    • Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best
    • Submit an article for Featured Article status
    • Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status
  17. Disambiguation Pages
    • There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of Ambiguous place name pages in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!
    • For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the Disambiguation category page
  18. The Navigational Boxes
    • There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.
    • Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing
    • Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places
  19. The "What links here" feature
    • If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.

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