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:Welcome to the Wiki community. &nbsp;Whether you are researching or contributing, the items below will help you understand various elements of the wiki, including how to navigate and contribute to it. The wiki is a community project, and you are now part of that community. If you have knowledge about how or where to search for genealogy that is not already here, please contribute. Don't know how? Keep reading.<br>
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== Navigation Menu  ==
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:On the left side of the page, you may see a purple navigation box entitled '''Contents'''. It is a list of the major sections of the page. You can click on any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the &nbsp;page. Smaller articles do not have a contents box.
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:On the right side of every page,there are three boxes which will enhance your Wiki expenirence. The top box, '''Search Learning &amp; How-to's''', is a search box. You can enter search terms in the box and then click on the mignifying glass to search the wiki. Or you can browse by clikiking on '''by country''' or '''by topic'''.
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Welcome to the Wiki community. Whether you are researching or contributing, the items below will help you understand various elements of the wiki, including how to navigate and contribute to it. The wiki is a community project, and you are now part of that community. If you have knowledge about how or where to search for genealogy that is not already here, please contribute. Don't know how? Keep reading.<br>
  
:The second box, '''New to the Research Wiki''', guides you to basic information on the Wiki. Click on the '''Learn More''' line.<br>
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=== Navigation Menu  ===
  
:The bottom, purple box has four sections:&nbsp; purple navigation menu. &nbsp;The Views Toolbox, Community and Personal Tools boxes expand by clicking on the small arrows on the right side of the name.
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:On the left side of the page, you may see a Table of Contents box. It is a list of the major sections of the page. You can click on any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the &nbsp;page. Smaller articles do not have a contents box.<br>
  
== Registering on the Wiki ==
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:On the right side of every page, there are three boxes which will enhance your Wiki experience.
  
:You do not need to be registered to look at Wiki pages. &nbsp;However, if you want to add or edit nformation, or ask a question, you must be registered.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*The top box, '''Search Learning &amp; How-to's''', is a search box. You can enter search terms in the box and then click on the magnifying glass to search the wiki. Or you can browse by clicking on '''by country''' or '''by topic'''.
  
:[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki]]
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*The second box, '''New to the Research Wiki''', guides you to basic information on the Wiki. Click on the '''Learn More''' line.<br>
  
:If you are signed in the Wiki, it will timeout after 2 hours idle. <br>
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*The bottom, purple box has four sections, separated by a thin white line: '''Views,''' '''Toolbox''', '''Community''' and '''Personal tools'''. Hover over any place on the bar with your mouse and it will turn dark purple. Click on the dark purple bar to open the section and reveal a number of tools and tasks. Hover over the name and a yellow pop-up box will display a brief explanation of the topic. Click on the name to open the topic..
  
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=== Registering on the Wiki  ===
  
== Setting Your Preferences  ==
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:You do not need to be registered to look at Wiki pages. If you want to add or edit information, however, or ask a question, you must be registered. This allows others wiki community members to communicate with you.
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:[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki]]
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:Once you are signed into the Wiki, it will timeout after 2 hours idle. <br>
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=== Setting Your Preferences  ===
  
 
:You can customize your Wiki experience using your Personal Tools.
 
:You can customize your Wiki experience using your Personal Tools.
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=== User Page  ===
 
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== User Page  ==
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:The User Page is where you have the opportunity to share information about yourself, or your research interests. &nbsp;This is a great way to get to know a little about a contributor to an article, or even find someone with the same interests. &nbsp;It also gives other users a way to communicate with you.
 
:The User Page is where you have the opportunity to share information about yourself, or your research interests. &nbsp;This is a great way to get to know a little about a contributor to an article, or even find someone with the same interests. &nbsp;It also gives other users a way to communicate with you.
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== Watching a Page  ==
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=== Watching a Page  ===
  
:If you are researching in a specific area, or have a page that interests you, you may want to "Watch" that page. &nbsp;If you are watching a page, you will be notified any time that page is edited. &nbsp;This is a great way to keep up with the latest information available.
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:If you are researching in a specific area, or have a page that interests you, you may want to "Watch" that page. &nbsp;If you are watching a page, you will be notified any time that page is edited. &nbsp;This way you can keep up with the latest information available.
  
 
:[[Help:Watchlist]]
 
:[[Help:Watchlist]]
  
== Notifications  ==
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=== Notifications  ===
  
 
:This feature allows you to determine how you are notified when there are changes to pages you are watching.
 
:This feature allows you to determine how you are notified when there are changes to pages you are watching.
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== Discussion Pages  ==
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=== Discussion Pages  ===
  
:All Wiki articles will have an associated Discussion Page that you can access via a tab at the top left of your page. &nbsp;This page is where you leave a comment or question about the content of that page.
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:All Wiki articles will have an associated Discussion (also referred to as "Talk") Page that you can access via a tab at the top left of your page. &nbsp;This page is where you leave a comment or question about the content of that page. &nbsp;Every user has a Discussion page linked to their User Page, and this is where you can communicate with that user.
  
 
:[[Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)]]
 
:[[Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)]]
  
== Forums  ==
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=== Forums  ===
  
:If you have a research question, or a question about editing the Wiki, ask it at the FamilySearch Forums. There are genealogists to help you with a research item, and very experienced Wiki users to help with an editing question. &nbsp;
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:If you have a research question, or a question about editing the Wiki, ask it at the FamilySearch Forums. There are genealogists to help you with a research item, and very experienced Wiki users to help with an editing question.
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Research Forums]  
 
:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=4 Research Forums]  
 
:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=5 Wiki Forums]
 
:*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=5 Wiki Forums]
  
== &nbsp;Detailed Help  ==
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=== &nbsp;Detailed Help  ===
  
:If you are ready to begin, you can choose one of the links below if you would like detailed instructions on the Wiki.
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:If you are ready to begin, and would like detailed instructions on adding or editing wiki content, choose one of the following links:
  
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:*[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributing to the Wiki]]  
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:*[[Help:Tour|Tour The Wiki]]
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:If you need a Help article that doesn't currently exist, you may request one [[FamilySearch Wiki:Improving the Help content/Needed How To Articles|here]].
 
:If you need a Help article that doesn't currently exist, you may request one [[FamilySearch Wiki:Improving the Help content/Needed How To Articles|here]].
  
== Mentoring  ==
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=== Mentoring  ===
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:Once you get started adding or editing Wiki content, if you find you need additional help, or if you have a specific task you wish to accomplish, you may [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentors|request a Mentor]] to work with you.<br><br><br>
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:Once you get started editing in the Wiki, if you find you need additional help, or if you have a specific task you wish to accomplish, you may [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Mentors request a Mentor] to work with you.<br><br><br>
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Revision as of 05:36, 23 November 2012

Return to Contributor Help

Contents



Welcome to the Wiki community. Whether you are researching or contributing, the items below will help you understand various elements of the wiki, including how to navigate and contribute to it. The wiki is a community project, and you are now part of that community. If you have knowledge about how or where to search for genealogy that is not already here, please contribute. Don't know how? Keep reading.

Navigation Menu

On the left side of the page, you may see a Table of Contents box. It is a list of the major sections of the page. You can click on any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the  page. Smaller articles do not have a contents box.
On the right side of every page, there are three boxes which will enhance your Wiki experience.
  • The top box, Search Learning & How-to's, is a search box. You can enter search terms in the box and then click on the magnifying glass to search the wiki. Or you can browse by clicking on by country or by topic.
  • The second box, New to the Research Wiki, guides you to basic information on the Wiki. Click on the Learn More line.
  • The bottom, purple box has four sections, separated by a thin white line: Views, Toolbox, Community and Personal tools. Hover over any place on the bar with your mouse and it will turn dark purple. Click on the dark purple bar to open the section and reveal a number of tools and tasks. Hover over the name and a yellow pop-up box will display a brief explanation of the topic. Click on the name to open the topic..

Registering on the Wiki

You do not need to be registered to look at Wiki pages. If you want to add or edit information, however, or ask a question, you must be registered. This allows others wiki community members to communicate with you.
Help:How to Register with the Wiki
Once you are signed into the Wiki, it will timeout after 2 hours idle.

Setting Your Preferences

You can customize your Wiki experience using your Personal Tools.
Help:Preferences

User Page

The User Page is where you have the opportunity to share information about yourself, or your research interests.  This is a great way to get to know a little about a contributor to an article, or even find someone with the same interests.  It also gives other users a way to communicate with you.
Help:User page

Watching a Page

If you are researching in a specific area, or have a page that interests you, you may want to "Watch" that page.  If you are watching a page, you will be notified any time that page is edited.  This way you can keep up with the latest information available.
Help:Watchlist

Notifications

This feature allows you to determine how you are notified when there are changes to pages you are watching.
Notifications

Discussion Pages

All Wiki articles will have an associated Discussion (also referred to as "Talk") Page that you can access via a tab at the top left of your page.  This page is where you leave a comment or question about the content of that page.  Every user has a Discussion page linked to their User Page, and this is where you can communicate with that user.
Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)

Forums

If you have a research question, or a question about editing the Wiki, ask it at the FamilySearch Forums. There are genealogists to help you with a research item, and very experienced Wiki users to help with an editing question.

 Detailed Help

If you are ready to begin, and would like detailed instructions on adding or editing wiki content, choose one of the following links:
If you need a Help article that doesn't currently exist, you may request one here.

Mentoring

Once you get started adding or editing Wiki content, if you find you need additional help, or if you have a specific task you wish to accomplish, you may request a Mentor to work with you.