Help:Updating a Family History Center page

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How to Edit your FHC Wiki Page

Add details about your center

  1. Open the Wiki in your browser.
  2. Log into the FamilySearch website.
  3. Navigate to your center wiki page.
  4. Click on the Edit tab in the top right corner of your Family History Center page to edit in VisualEditor.
  5. Replace any instructions that are in parenthesis and italics with information about your family history center you find on the wiki page.
  6. Remove the headings you will not be using from on the page. You can always add the headings back in the future. To see what was there before, you can click on the "History" tab at the top and click on a date to view what the page looked like at that point in time.

Bullets, numbered lists and indents

These pages were created with the idea of having "section headings" with information about each topic under each section heading. Most of the sections already include bullets underneath, but some do not. To add information below a heading, put your cursor on the end of the row and hit enter. To add bullets, numbered lists, or indented paragraphs, you can use the number,bullet, and indent icons in the VisualEditor toolbar at the top of the page.

If you prefer to edit in Wikitext, click on the Edit Source tab in the top right corner of the wiki page and use the following instructions:

  1. Bullets. Type a * at the beginning of a line.
  2. Numbered lists. Type a # at the beginning of a line.
  3. Indented paragraphs. Type a : at the beginning of a line. if you want to indent two times, type::. You can also type: in front of * or # to indent bullets or numbered lists.
  4. Useful Wiki Code. For other useful wiki codes to spice up your FHC page see Help:Formatting

Placing Images

You are welcome to take a photograph of your building or the inside of your center to add to your page. (Do not include living people in the photograph.) To place the image on your page do the following:

  1. Submit the photograph to FamilySearch Wiki for approval. See Submitting images for approval for the process of obtaining approval of images and photographs.
  2. You should receive an email from Wiki Support letting you know your image was approved. If you do not get an email, check the Wiki after 48 hours to see if your image has been uploaded.
  3. To add your image in VisualEditor, place the cursor under the introduction statement on the wiki page and then click on the Insert button on the toolbar. Then, choose, Media. Type in the name of the image which is the name of the file you gave it. The picture should appear. If it does, click on the image and it will automatically appear on the page. If it does not appear, contact us at:
  4. You can also add the image using Wikitext code. Do this by clicking on "Edit source" tab and add the following under the introduction statement on the wiki page: [[Image:Name of your FHC.jpg|right|300px]].
This should place the image to the right of the Table of Contents box. The "300px" restricts the size of the image so as to not push other things out of the way. You can change the number if you think the image needs to be enlarged or decreased in size.

Examples of Family History Center pages

FHC Wiki Page Policies and Guidelines

LDS doctrinal information in the Research Wiki

LDS doctrinal information does not belong on the pages of this Wiki. The wiki audience is world-wide, to individuals of many faiths, who love genealogy for the sake of genealogy work and is not a place to put information about LDS doctrine. This includes PowerPoint presentations and other documents that may include doctrinal information in them.  See the Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics for more information.

Page sections are optional

Your wiki page was created with a number of sections already there. These are not required to include on every page, and there may be other sections that you feel are important for your center to have. You can delete the ones that aren't needed and add those you do need. Do a search for "Family History Center" to see examples of what other centers are doing on their FHC Wiki pages.

Link to your FHC from other pages

Add links to your center page from other pages that might relate to your center such as the city and county locality pages in the Wiki.

Long page? Create sub-pages

If you have a lot of information about your center to add to this page, you may want to break yours out into multiple pages. When you do so, you will want to create additional pages as "sub-pages." These pages begin with the same name of the main page, then include a "/", then the name of the sub-page. Go to the Help:Subpages for more instructions.
For example, to create a sub-page for "Center Contacts and Hours" you would create a new page in the Wiki titled "Blue Springs Missouri Family History Center/Center Contacts and Hours". Although that is a long title, it gives the benefit of grouping the different pages together in the search results, and if you ever need to change the name of the main page, the sub-pages would also change.

Linking many pages together

If you are creating subpages for your FHC, you may want to create a menu such as the one seen at the top of the Riverton FamilySearch Library page seen here.

In order to create this menu, you will create a template and then place it on each of your pages. You create a template in the same way you create any other wiki page, only you will use the "Template:" prefix in front of the title. If you were at the Smith County FHC, you would title your page Template:Smith County FHC menu (making sure to place the colon between the word Template and the title).

Once you have created your template page, copy the following code onto the page:

{{Box | color=purple | float=left | width=40% | title=Riverton
Family History Center
Menu | content= 3740 West Market Center Drive
Riverton, Utah 84065-8026
---- '''OPEN'''
Monday and Friday<br>''9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.''
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
''9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.''
---- [[Riverton_FamilySearch_Library|Home]]<br>
[[Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Location|Location and Directions]]<br>
[[Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Contact_Information|Contact Information]]<br>
[[Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Holiday_Schedule|Hours and Holiday Schedule]]<br>
[[Riverton_FamilySearch_Library/Group_Visits|Group Visits]]
}} [[Category:FHC templates]]

1. Replace the word Riverton with the name of your FHC. (the words Family History Center are coded into the template, so you would just need to put the first part of the name here
2. Replace the address with the address of your facility.
3. Edit the Open Hours to reflect those of your facility. You can delete any lines you don't need.
4. Replace the page links with the names/links to the subpages you have created. The information to the left of the "/" is the actual name of the wiki page you have created, the information to the right of the "/" is the title you want to show on your menu box. You can delete or add lines depending on the number of subpages you have created.

Need more help?

For more help, visit the wiki page, How to Edit the Wiki
Or, email: