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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>
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Welcome to the Wiki community. Whether you are here for the first time, a regular researcher or wanting to learn how to contribute,&nbsp; 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 records that are not already here, please contribute. Don't know how? Keep reading.  
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=== Navigation Menu  ===
 
=== 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 &nbsp;page. Smaller articles do not have a contents box.<br>
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:On the top left of the page, there is a Contents box or the Table of Contents (TOC). It is a list of the major sections of the page. You can click any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the page. Smaller articles with fewer than three page sections may not have a contents box.<br>  
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:Also see [[Help:Navigation Basics|Navigation Basics]] for more information about fully utilizing this wiki.
  
:On the right side of every page, there are three boxes which will enhance your Wiki experience.
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=== Navigation Boxes (right side of page)  ===
  
*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'''.
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*'''Search Learning How-to's''', is at the top and is the general purpose 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'''.
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*'''New to the Research Wiki?''' is the second box and may change its focus from time to time.&nbsp; This links to a general tour of the Research Wiki and the Research Process.
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*'''Getting Started''' is the bottom box and has five headings, separated by thin white lines: Getting Started, Volunteers and Helpers, Views,Toolbox 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. Click on the name to open the topic.
  
*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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=== Getting Started &nbsp;  ===
  
*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 ===
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*'''Wiki Home''' is the easy way to return to the Home Page and the various sections of the wiki that are listed there.
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*'''Wiki Tools''' will explain the different tools that are available to you to enhance your Wiki experience.
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*'''About the Wiki''' is the page that describes the ways that the Wiki can help you to find your ancestors and build your family tree.
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*'''Resources for Individual Help''' An important and useful feature of the wiki is that we have volunteers available to answer your questions in a number of different ways: including email, instant message and phone. If you have questions,don't hesitate to contact the Wiki.
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*'''Browse by Country''' is an alphabetic listing of countries, linked to that country page 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.
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=== Volunteer and Helper  ===
  
:[[Help:How to Register with the Wiki]]
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*'''Submit Wiki Content ''' Will show you how easy it is to start contributing to the Wiki.
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*'''Family History Centers''' Will help you to find the physical locations of Family History Centers in your locale.
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*'''Personal Sandbox ''' takes you to your own sandbox. Your sandbox should be viewed as your own personal scratch pad. You can write in your sandbox and add to the Wiki when your work is finished.
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*'''Research Outlines ''' will introduce you to hard copies that you may wish to copy for your genealogy work.
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*'''Census Records'''  contains links to various pages about census records.
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*'''Research Forms'''  provides links to various research forms.
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*'''Manual of Style ''' will help you to understand the general principles of wiki contributions.
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*'''Guiding principles''' has links to pages that help explain these goals.
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*'''Societies and Libraries''' has instructions for creating pages for Societies and Libraries.
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*'''Adopt a Page''' describes page adoptions and instructions for requesting a page to adopt.
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*'''Community Meetings''' contains links for getting involved in the Wiki.
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*'''Wiki Support''' leads to the Wiki Support Center Toolbox.
  
:Once you are signed into the Wiki, it will timeout after 2 hours idle. <br>
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=== Views  ===
  
=== Setting Your Preferences  ===
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*'''Help page '''describes the type of page that you are on. In this case, it is a "Help Page" designed to instruct, answer questions and help.
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*'''Edit '''If you click on the edit page, it will change screen and take you to a form of the page that can be edited.
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*'''Talk '''Each page has a talk page that facilitates communication between all of the people who wish to discuss this page.
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*'''History ''' shows all action on this page since its creation.
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*'''Watch ''' Clicking on 'watch' will allow you to watch the activities on the page. When any action happens on a watched page an email will be sent to you. If you have clicked 'watch' it appears as 'unwatch' for you to click when you no longer wish to watch the page.
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*'''Move&nbsp;'''describes the process for&nbsp;renaming a page, moving all of its history to the new name.
  
:You can customize your Wiki experience using your Personal Tools.
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=== Toolbox<br>  ===
  
:[[Help:Preferences]]
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*'''What links here''' show all the other Wiki pages linked to this page.
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*'''Related changes''' shows the changes made to this pages linked pages.
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*'''Special pages''' links to all the maintenance pages for the Wiki.
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*'''Permanent link''' links to this page
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*'''Upload file''' leads to a page where you can upload a image or file to be approved and put in the Wiki
  
=== User Page ===
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=== Personal Tools ===
  
: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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*'''Username''' will be chosen by you.
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*'''My Talk''' will allow you to see your talk contributions.  
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*'''My Preferences''' allows you to customize your Wiki experience using your personal tools.
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*'''My Watchlist''' will show you the pages that you are watching
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*'''My Contributions''' will pull up the list of contribution that you have made to the Wiki, including dates.  
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*'''Signout''' will provide a quick way for you to log out of the Wiki. Remember that the Wiki will automatically log you off after two hours of idle time.
  
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=== Watching a Page  ===
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You do not need to be registered to look at the Wiki pages.&nbsp; If you want to add, edit, or ask a question, you must be registered.&nbsp; This allows other Wiki community members to communicate with you. [[Help:How to Register with the Wiki|How to Register with the Wiki]]
  
: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.
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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.
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Welcome to the Wiki community. Whether you are here for the first time, a regular researcher or wanting to learn how to contribute,  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 records that are not already here, please contribute. Don't know how? Keep reading.

Contents


[edit] Navigation Menu

On the top left of the page, there is a Contents box or the Table of Contents (TOC). It is a list of the major sections of the page. You can click any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the page. Smaller articles with fewer than three page sections may not have a contents box.
Also see Navigation Basics for more information about fully utilizing this wiki.

[edit] Navigation Boxes (right side of page)

  • Search Learning How-to's, is at the top and is the general purpose 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.
  • New to the Research Wiki? is the second box and may change its focus from time to time.  This links to a general tour of the Research Wiki and the Research Process.
  • Getting Started is the bottom box and has five headings, separated by thin white lines: Getting Started, Volunteers and Helpers, Views,Toolbox 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. Click on the name to open the topic.

[edit] Getting Started  

Open yellow box.jpg
  • Wiki Home is the easy way to return to the Home Page and the various sections of the wiki that are listed there.
  • Wiki Tools will explain the different tools that are available to you to enhance your Wiki experience.
  • About the Wiki is the page that describes the ways that the Wiki can help you to find your ancestors and build your family tree.
  • Resources for Individual Help An important and useful feature of the wiki is that we have volunteers available to answer your questions in a number of different ways: including email, instant message and phone. If you have questions,don't hesitate to contact the Wiki.
  • Browse by Country is an alphabetic listing of countries, linked to that country page on the Wiki.

[edit] Volunteer and Helper

  • Submit Wiki Content Will show you how easy it is to start contributing to the Wiki.
  • Family History Centers Will help you to find the physical locations of Family History Centers in your locale.
  • Personal Sandbox takes you to your own sandbox. Your sandbox should be viewed as your own personal scratch pad. You can write in your sandbox and add to the Wiki when your work is finished.
  • Research Outlines will introduce you to hard copies that you may wish to copy for your genealogy work.
  • Census Records contains links to various pages about census records.
  • Research Forms provides links to various research forms.
  • Manual of Style will help you to understand the general principles of wiki contributions.
  • Guiding principles has links to pages that help explain these goals.
  • Societies and Libraries has instructions for creating pages for Societies and Libraries.
  • Adopt a Page describes page adoptions and instructions for requesting a page to adopt.
  • Community Meetings contains links for getting involved in the Wiki.
  • Wiki Support leads to the Wiki Support Center Toolbox.

[edit] Views

  • Help page describes the type of page that you are on. In this case, it is a "Help Page" designed to instruct, answer questions and help.
  • Edit If you click on the edit page, it will change screen and take you to a form of the page that can be edited.
  • Talk Each page has a talk page that facilitates communication between all of the people who wish to discuss this page.
  • History shows all action on this page since its creation.
  • Watch Clicking on 'watch' will allow you to watch the activities on the page. When any action happens on a watched page an email will be sent to you. If you have clicked 'watch' it appears as 'unwatch' for you to click when you no longer wish to watch the page.
  • Move describes the process for renaming a page, moving all of its history to the new name.

[edit] Toolbox

  • What links here show all the other Wiki pages linked to this page.
  • Related changes shows the changes made to this pages linked pages.
  • Special pages links to all the maintenance pages for the Wiki.
  • Permanent link links to this page
  • Upload file leads to a page where you can upload a image or file to be approved and put in the Wiki

[edit] Personal Tools

  • Username will be chosen by you.
  • My Talk will allow you to see your talk contributions.
  • My Preferences allows you to customize your Wiki experience using your personal tools.
  • My Watchlist will show you the pages that you are watching
  • My Contributions will pull up the list of contribution that you have made to the Wiki, including dates.
  • Signout will provide a quick way for you to log out of the Wiki. Remember that the Wiki will automatically log you off after two hours of idle time.

[edit] Registering on the Wiki

You do not need to be registered to look at the Wiki pages.  If you want to add, edit, or ask a question, you must be registered.  This allows other Wiki community members to communicate with you. How to Register with the Wiki

[edit] 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.


[edit] Mentoring

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


If you find that you need additional assistance once you have begun adding or editing Wiki content, you may request a Mentor. Mentors are also helpful in getting you started on a specific project.



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