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Soliciting your opinion

Hey FamilyJournals, 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. Thanks in advance! Ritcheymt 13:46, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Nice Maryland Societies page!

Hey FamilyJournals, I just wanted you to know I really like what you're doing with the Maryland Societies page! Ritcheymt 01:28, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you Michael
FamilyJournals 03:18, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Washington county cemeteries

Found the Washington County cemeteries page on, just six cemeteries, but they may be ones not on findagrave.   JamesAnderson 02:37, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Thank you James! I had actually already used that information on the Washington County page. Those cemeteries on that page are from various transcriptions, most are from findagrave but there are a few surprises in there. I appreciate your interest! Thank you.
Familyjournals 03:19, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Nice work on Maryland Military Records!

Hey there! Great work on Maryland Military Records! Thanks! Ritcheymt 18:58, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! It is really fun to do! Familyjournals 00:13, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm working to help w/ your trouble

I've been forwarded some e-mails showing some trouble you've been having from another user stemming from his ideas of what your content should look like. ;)  I appreciate your patience with this really rotten situation. I'm studying some policies and procedures Wikipedia has that will prevent this kind of thing in the future. I just wanted you to know I am on the case, but it'll take some time because I'm incredibly stacked up with tasks right now. Ritcheymt 12:19, 24 February 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:

Thanks! Ritcheymt 12:13, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

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

Hey there FamilyJournals! I'm searching for the wiki's best content to highlight it during a presentation I'm doing soon. Will you link me to a couple articles you've contributed to that you are most pleased with? Also, could you link me to your favorite article(s) written by others? Thanks! Ritcheymt 17:06, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

Where should wikiproject contributors communicate?

People who work on writing projects on the wiki are asking for an online venue they can use to talk about...

  • how to organize projects,
  • how and where to recruit contributors
  • how to motivate project members
  • how to track progress on projects
  • Manual of Style issues that we need to settle to avoid rework
  • ...and other stuff.

Could you go to the wiki feedback forum and give your opinion as to what tool(s) we should choose to communicate? The thread where we will discuss this is Which tools for wikiproject contributors to communicate? Ritcheymt 16:24, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Weigh in on FamilySearch Wiki talk:Naming a Project?

Project pages are getting hard to find because people are putting them in multiple namespaces and using all kinds of naming conventions. Would you mind weighing in on FamilySearch Wiki talk:Naming a Project? Thanks! Ritcheymt 00:10, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Please vote on search result title link color

Some users have reported that the red color of the article title links in search results are confusing because in a Mediawiki site, a red link means a link to a page that has no content. There is a poll on the forums as to whether to make the links blue instead, which would also conform to what Google and Bing do. Please read the thread/explanation and vote. RitcheyMT 16:20, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

To all FamilySearch Wiki Contributors: An apology is in order...

By way of introduction, my name is Ben Bennett and I’ve recently joined the FamilySearch team as the product manager for the Wiki and Forums. Put simply, my job is to ensure that your experience, as contributors and users of the Wiki and Forums is excellent. To this end, an apology is in order.
As you know, we recently implemented a new user ID/sign in process for the FamilySearch Wiki. As we implemented this new system, I personally heard from many of you. You shared with me problems that were occurring for you as you tried to sign in, edit or do other things that resulted in lost work, lost time and frustration for you, our key contributors and users. Please accept my sincere apology for the poor performance and poor experience associated with the Wiki during the past few weeks. Please also accept my commitment that the FamilySearch team will learn from this experience and do all that we can to prevent situations like this in the future. To this end, I wanted to share with you ...CONTINUE

Moderator/Adopter issues coming to a vote

As you probably already know, FamilySearch launched an Adopt-a-Page program at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference over the summer. Many groups are signing up to adopt a page. We need your help in order to resolve some important questions about the relative roles that Moderators and Adopters ought to play and how they can work together. These questions and discussions are on the new FamilySearch Wiki Contributors' Corner forum. We are going to hold a vote on these issues by year's end, and the resolutions will change the roles Moderators and Adopters play, so please visit the forum and add your thoughts. Thanks! RitcheyMT 17:42, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Welcoming Committee

  • Hi Deb! Just wondering if you are still a part of the welcoming committee. Your name is still listed on the committee page as one of the members. Let me know, and if a change is needed, I can do that for you. Thanks! -Fran 23:38, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Fran, It might be good to take me off of that. Thanks so much! FamilyJournals 23:42, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Moderator for Utah

Hi, I guess Rorie Jensen put us both on as co-moderators for Utah. I am on Skype and my user name is jamestanner. I am also the moderator for Arizona and have been for the past couple of years since 2008. There is a moderator group on Skype called FS Research Wiki Moderators and it is a pretty good way to communicate. You can also email me anytime at Let me know your thoughts about the Utah pages. James L. Tanner 03:37, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

Aultorest merger

You might want to add some comment about the merger taken place many years ago. I visited Aultorest and found out the northwest portion was Mountain View Cemetery. The burials are mostly Catholic. Dsammy 03:44, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for pointing that out. I thought I had mentioned it on the Ogden page but I'll go check it when I get a break from work. You are right, Aultorest has a very nice Catholic section. We are very familiar with this cemetery as it's where our plots are along with those burials of my husband's family. Thanks again. Familyjournals 19:12, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

If you go to northwest portion, you will find the GAR memorial monument and it mentioned "Mountain View Cemetery". it's on top of a raised circle. Dsammy 23:18, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Ohio moderation

Hello! I didn't realize there was a moderator for Ohio, and since I have done a lot of cleanup work on articles for Ohio already, I thought I should come by and leave an introduction :-) I live in Cleveland and have been a lifelong resident here in Northeast Ohio. Besides my ongoing interest in genealogy/family history and local/Ohio history, I am also an IT professional who has made contributions here and there on Wikipedia and WikiTravel. I've spent a good amount of time fleshing out and organizing articles for counties in Northeast Ohio, especially Lorain County. If there is ever anything you could use from me, please let me know. I hope you will also weigh in on any ideas I bounce around, as I am interested in setting and following useful standards to keep things neatly organized! Thanks!!! - LeeTHawkins 22:34, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Hi Lee, I've noticed that you've been very busy lately. Great! Keep it up! There are several live user meetings that are available if you'd like to discuss your ideas with the others in the community. FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings I'm unable to attend due to my work schedule but the times I've been there have been very informative. Welcome and let me know if I can be of help. Familyjournals 01:38, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Support

Hi Debbie! I just saw that you signed up to help with Wiki Support. Welcome to the team! I'm very excited to have you join. What's your schedule like? We meet each week but it's definitely not required that you attend. Do you have anything specific that you would like to help with, or would you like us to work with you to find something interesting? What we do is broken up into a few main areas:

  • Communicating with and helping other contributors
  • Patrolling and maintenance
  • Governance (this we are just starting to figure out)
  • Improving the Help content

You can also see the Forum thread where we talk about building some committees to see if there's something specific of interest to you there. Let me know what you think. Again, welcome to the team! -- janellv (talk| contribs) 17:47, 3 September 2011 (UTC)