User talk:Diltsgd

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Soliciting your opinion

Hey David, will you weigh in on "Local Histories" or "Histories" heading on county pages? I want to reach consensus on this quickly in order to get a big missionary team engaged in FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Linking to Books in the BYU Family History Archives. I'm asking for your opinion because you notice issues I overlook. Thanks in advance! Ritcheymt 13:46, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Still need answers?

You have a bunch of unanswered questions on Talk:FamilySearch_wiki_user_group_meeting. Do you still need those questions answered? Thanks The Earl 11:35, 13 March 2008 (MDT)

They are not urgent, but learning the answers would be useful. Diltsgd 08:27, 2 April 2008 (MDT)

Research process graphic

There are a couple good scanned images of the circle of arrows schematic used in the  basic family history research guide, in the files area on the site that were input there on 17 April, that might be useful in the articles on how to do basic research, including the one you edited tonight.  They are in the 'File list' link in the 'special pages' area on the site.  About six or seven, one is the old DOS FamilySearch and may not be all that useful, but some of the others will be the ones I'm speaking of.  JamesAnderson 20:44, 27 April 2008 (MDT)

You da MAN

David, you are THE MAN for adding those flags to state links on the United States page! That is SO COOL! Ritcheymt 02:13, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Cool application of a portal

David, the work you're doing with the R&C portal is cool. Watching what you put there and seeing the value it adds to the work consultants do with missionaries will inform me as to ways a genealogical society or library might use the wiki. We're interested in creating a value propositions for societies to get involved; I think this portal you've created will feed that value proposition. Ritcheymt 19:23, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Maryland History

I like what you've done so far on Maryland History, David. Thanks! As the barn raising winds down, I want to get a feel for how each article on the Maryland Barn Raising Tasks is coming along so I can tell where to allocate any help that contributors can give for a last push. Could you either send me a message by editing my User Discussion page or go to the Maryland Barn Raising Tasks page and update the column on the % of "doneness" the article is at now? Ritcheymt 17:31, 16 February 2009 (UTC) 

Editing glitch, two users working concurrently on same page.

Thanks for spotting that glitch where I was trying to do some capitalization fixes and a couple other things that was not supposed to change the link or the look of it, on that Maryland page tonight.  Looks like between us we may have found a bug in the software, since given how fast bad data is fixed in Wikipedia, this should not have been a problem with our wiki, but since it has surfaced, maybe we need to both bring it out next week at user group meeting (hopefully things will go better there next week).  JamesAnderson 04:31, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

FamilySearch Vital Records Document

What is your opinion about the FamilySearch article Where to Write for Vital Records being copied into the Wiki:

  • Should the content be copied?
  • If yes, has the content been copied or incorporated into the Wiki already?
  • Percentage completed already?
  • If the content still needs to be copied, would you suggest the content be incorporated in the United States Vital Records article?

Thanks in advance for your insight and opinion on this. Franjensen 16:36, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Disambig / geodis link

There was something not quite right about the linking and code used. Figured out what it was. See Baker City, Oregon for the different code - same one used in Wikipedia. dsammy 04:40, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

We need your opinion

In order to help the community arrive at consensus on some issues impacting most of the pages on FamilySearch Wiki, I'd like to invite you to add your opinions to the following discussions:

FamilySearch Wiki talk:Format for Citing and Linking to Works in FHLC, Worldcat (OCLC) at

FamilySearch Wiki talk:Consensus at

FamilySearch Wiki talk:Source Citation Formats at

FamilySearch Wiki talk:Disambiguation at

Thanks! Ritcheymt 12:12, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Census Project Backlog Prioritization

David, it's great to have you back from vacation -- we've missed you!

Could you take a look at the Requirement Backlog (second table) on FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject U.S. Census and rank the requirements/stories in priority order? You can do this by the Delphi method: Give the lowest amount of points (1) to the lowest-priority item and the highest (41? 42?) to the highest-priority item. We're doing this individually because it's so hard to get everyone together for a meeting. If you need explanation of a story, please see Pat.

After we tally the points for each item, we'll reorder the backlog in priority order. Then we'll start individually choosing stories we want to attack during the sprint. Thanks! Ritcheymt 12:23, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

What's your best work? And your favorites from others?

Hey David! I'm doing a presentation on the wiki's best content and I'd like to highlight some of yours. Can you link me to 2 or 3 articles you've contributed to that you are most pleased with? You do great work! Also, could you link me to your favorite article that someone else did? Thanks! Ritcheymt 17:06, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

1. Hamburg Passenger Lists - I didn't originate this page but I revolutionized it, and it is the most useful to more people than any other.

2. New Sweden - a labor of love because I wanted to create the best footnoted list of places in New Sweden.

3. The third choice is not one page but a series of pages. It is still a work in progrress with lots more pages to add. So far, I've created a series under:

United States Migration Internal
Erie Canal
Central Pacific
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
Texas Pacific
Southern Pacific
Trails and roads
Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
Butterfield Overland Mail

If you asked me to choose my favorite out of that list, I'd pick Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

My favorite work by someone else is Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research created mostly by Noel Cardon. It covers a topic that is very important to those who need it but which would be overlooked by most. It is my idea of unexpected blessings of a community project bringing in material the "professionals" would probably have neglected. Diltsgd 15:30, 10 July 2009 (UTC)