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=== You don't need to be an expert  ===
 
=== You don't need to be an expert  ===
Many wiki users think that only experts can add great value to a wiki. Not true! Most edits made to a wiki are simple ones that don't require expertise, but only a little common sense!
 
  
=== Most edits are really short  ===
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Think of editing like a pyramid, the higher up you go, the more involved the project. Writing a full article is like the peak, an important and prominent thing, but there are few of them.
Most new wiki users imagine the only thing worth contributing is a full-blown article. Since most people don't have full articles in their heads just waiting to be born on a wiki page, they shy away from contributing. These users are surprised to learn that most edits are very, very simple, and can be done in only a couple minutes.
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Most of editing is simple, just a lot of them. Like the large base of the pyramid. And most edits need little more than typing skills and common sense!
  
 
=== Simple improvements you can make  ===
 
=== Simple improvements you can make  ===
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*'''Correct grammar or spelling'''. We find the writers on our wiki really appreciate when others correct the grammar or spelling mistakes they inadvertently leave behind.  
 
*'''Correct grammar or spelling'''. We find the writers on our wiki really appreciate when others correct the grammar or spelling mistakes they inadvertently leave behind.  
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*'''Add headings'''. Some articles are just a series of paragraphs. Improve readability by setting off paragraphs with headings.  
 
*'''Add headings'''. Some articles are just a series of paragraphs. Improve readability by setting off paragraphs with headings.  
*'''Add transitions to text'''. Some articles don't flow very well because the ideas of each paragraphs are not linked very well. Add to an article's readability by adding transitions between paragraphs.  
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*'''Add transitions to text'''. Some articles don't flow very well because the ideas in each paragraph are unconnected. Add to an article's readability by adding transitions between paragraphs.  
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*'''Add information to a page'''. Do you know the creation date of a county? Do you know the vital records office's phone number? There are a lot of simple facts that the wiki needs!  
 
*'''Add information to a page'''. Do you know the creation date of a county? Do you know the vital records office's phone number? There are a lot of simple facts that the wiki needs!  
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*'''Add local news & events'''. Is a local genealogical society or family history center giving a class on a research topic? Add news or events to a place page!  
 
*'''Add local news & events'''. Is a local genealogical society or family history center giving a class on a research topic? Add news or events to a place page!  
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*'''Add links'''. Is there an online database your page should link to? Add an [[Help:Adding Links|external link]]! Is there a related wiki page that the article should link to? Add an [[Help:Adding Links|internal link]]!
 
*'''Add links'''. Is there an online database your page should link to? Add an [[Help:Adding Links|external link]]! Is there a related wiki page that the article should link to? Add an [[Help:Adding Links|internal link]]!
  
 
=== Where to find pages that need the most improvement  ===
 
=== Where to find pages that need the most improvement  ===
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Having seen some great, well-organized articles on the site, you may wonder where to find articles that need your help. Here are some great places to find them:  
 
Having seen some great, well-organized articles on the site, you may wonder where to find articles that need your help. Here are some great places to find them:  
  
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*[[Special:Fewestrevisions|Pages with the fewest revisions]] is, well, you get the idea.
  
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Help-content.png This help article will guide you as you edit in the Wiki. See Contributor Help for more help articles.

You don't need to be an expert

Think of editing like a pyramid, the higher up you go, the more involved the project. Writing a full article is like the peak, an important and prominent thing, but there are few of them. Most of editing is simple, just a lot of them. Like the large base of the pyramid. And most edits need little more than typing skills and common sense!

Simple improvements you can make

  • Correct grammar or spelling. We find the writers on our wiki really appreciate when others correct the grammar or spelling mistakes they inadvertently leave behind.
  • Add headings. Some articles are just a series of paragraphs. Improve readability by setting off paragraphs with headings.
  • Add transitions to text. Some articles don't flow very well because the ideas in each paragraph are unconnected. Add to an article's readability by adding transitions between paragraphs.
  • Add information to a page. Do you know the creation date of a county? Do you know the vital records office's phone number? There are a lot of simple facts that the wiki needs!
  • Add local news & events. Is a local genealogical society or family history center giving a class on a research topic? Add news or events to a place page!
  • Add links. Is there an online database your page should link to? Add an external link! Is there a related wiki page that the article should link to? Add an internal link!

Where to find pages that need the most improvement

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Visit the Get Help to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.


Having seen some great, well-organized articles on the site, you may wonder where to find articles that need your help. Here are some great places to find them: