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= What is the Wiki, and How to Use it =
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== Notifications of Changes - Watching Pages ==
  
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:[[Image:Sluth.JPG|right|Sluth.JPG]]New information could be added at any time to the pages for places where you are researching. "Watch" those pages, and you can receive an email each time a page is updated. Click '''Watch''' in the upper right hand corner.
  
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:For example, if you are researching in Albany, New York, "Watch" the following pages:
  
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::*[[Albany County, New York|Albany, New York]] &nbsp;
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::*[[New York|New York]]&nbsp;(and see the Topics section for other pages of interest to watch)
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::*[[New York Digital Collections|New York Digital Collections]]<br>
  
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:Each time information is added to one of those pages, you'll receive an e-mail.
  
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:You must be signed into the Wiki for this feature to work.
  
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{{main|Help:Watchlist}}
  
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== Categories  ==
  
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:[[:Category:Contents|Wiki Categories]], or Topics, allow you to view articles that are related. You can review a Category Page to see all wiki pages on a particular topic.
  
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:See all categories here:
  
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::*[[:Category:Contents|Wiki articles by topic]]
  
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:Some particularly useful categories, with a lot of information, can be found listed in the following articles:
=== The FamilySearch Research Wiki&nbsp;  ===
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::*[[User:Nolaneclark/Sandbox/Research Procedures|Research Procedures]]
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::*[[Research by geographic regions|Geographic Regions]]
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::*[[Research using record locations|Libraries &amp; Websites]]
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::*[[Research aids|Research Aids]]
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::*[[Research using societies and organizations|Organizations &amp; Ethnic Groups]]
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::*[[Miscellaneous Research Tools|Miscellaneous Tools]]
  
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|What is it?]]&nbsp;What you can expect to find on it to help you discover your ancestors.
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== Discussion Pages  ==
  
=== Wiki Basics  ===
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:Are there pieces missing that would make an article be more complete? Add a note to the [[Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)|Discussion (or "Talk") Page]] to ask a question or request Wiki Contributors add information to that page. To add a note:
  
*[[Help:Wiki Basics|10 Essential tips]]&nbsp;for understanding and using the wiki. "The things I wish I had known when I started on the wiki."<br>
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::#Click on the Discussion tab in the upper left to get to the Discussion page.
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::#Click to Edit this Page (you will have to Sign in with a FamilySearch account).<br>
  
=== Navigating The Wiki ===
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== Your User Page ==
  
*Note the&nbsp;4 purple boxes on the right side of this page (Views, Toolbox, Community, Personal tools). This is knows as the "Navigation Bar" or "Nav Bar"
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:The [[Help:User page|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.
*Each of the boxes contains tools to help you use the wiki. [[Help:Wiki Overview|Click Here]]&nbsp;to learn about these tools and how to use them..<br>
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=== Searching the Wiki  ===
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== Navigating The Wiki  ==
  
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:Note the&nbsp;4 purple boxes on the right side of this page (Views, Toolbox, Community, Personal tools). This is knows as the "Navigation Bar" or "Nav Bar".
 
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::*'''Personal Tools''' gives you links for your User page, your Talk page, and your Watchlist.
*[[Help:Basic Searches|'''Basic Searches''']]
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::*'''Community''' includes the Wiki Home link, though most links are for wiki editors.
*Watch a Video about searching the Wiki  
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::*[[Help:Wiki Overview|Learn more about these menus]]&nbsp;and how to use them.<br>
*[[Help:Searching|Searching]]<br>
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*[[Help:Search Tips|Search Tips]]
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*[[Help:Boolean Searches in the Wiki|Boolean Searches in the Wiki]]
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*[[Help:External searches|External Searches]]<br>
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Revision as of 16:25, 15 March 2013

Contents

Notifications of Changes - Watching Pages

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New information could be added at any time to the pages for places where you are researching. "Watch" those pages, and you can receive an email each time a page is updated. Click Watch in the upper right hand corner.
For example, if you are researching in Albany, New York, "Watch" the following pages:
Each time information is added to one of those pages, you'll receive an e-mail.
You must be signed into the Wiki for this feature to work.
Main article: Help:Watchlist


Categories

Wiki Categories, or Topics, allow you to view articles that are related. You can review a Category Page to see all wiki pages on a particular topic.
See all categories here:
Some particularly useful categories, with a lot of information, can be found listed in the following articles:

Discussion Pages

Are there pieces missing that would make an article be more complete? Add a note to the Discussion (or "Talk") Page to ask a question or request Wiki Contributors add information to that page. To add a note:
  1. Click on the Discussion tab in the upper left to get to the Discussion page.
  2. Click to Edit this Page (you will have to Sign in with a FamilySearch account).

Your 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.

Navigating The Wiki

Note the 4 purple boxes on the right side of this page (Views, Toolbox, Community, Personal tools). This is knows as the "Navigation Bar" or "Nav Bar".
  • Personal Tools gives you links for your User page, your Talk page, and your Watchlist.
  • Community includes the Wiki Home link, though most links are for wiki editors.
  • Learn more about these menus and how to use them.



Learn more about using the Wiki

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Basic Wiki Searches
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Find an ancestor using the Wiki
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Keys to Success Using the Wiki
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Ask a Question