FamilySearch Wiki:Adding Historical Records link to FS Collections

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Purpose[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch collections are listed many times in the Wiki using a template called "RecordSearch". Using template (instead of just using the URL) takes the user directly to the collection when they click on the link it generates.

Each FamilySearch collection has a correlating article in the Wiki describing what's in each collection and how to use it. We want to link each mention of a FS collection to their corresponding Historical Records article. This will help users learn more about the contents and coverage of the FamilySearch Collections.

Task List[edit | edit source]

Task List

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Sign up on Task List[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the Task List and put your name in the "Name" column for the respective Wiki pages you'd like to sign up to work on.

2. Click on the name of the wiki page you signed up for. The name is linked to the actual Wiki page and will take you directly to that page.

Locate {{RecordSearch code[edit | edit source]

3. Click "Edit source" near the top of the page to look at the code for the entire Wiki page at once.

4. Use "Ctrl+F" (or "Cmd+F" on a Mac) to locate any instances of the following code on the Wiki page:


5. At the top of the page, after you have conducted the "Ctrl+F" function for {{RecordSearch, it will show a count of how many times that code appears on the page.

  • If you find 1 or more instance of that code on the page, mark "Yes" in the "Has {{RecordSearch template?" column of the Task List, and continue to step 6.
  • If you do not find that code anywhere on the page, mark the Task List accordingly, with a "No" in the "Has {{RecordSearch template?" column, and a "0" in the "How many instances on the page?" column. Put today's date in the "Date Completed" column. Then continue down the Task List beginning at Step 1.

6. In the Task List, list the number of times the code appears in the "How many instances on the page?" column.

7. Back on the Wiki page, locate what heading the first instance of "{{RecordSearch" appears under in the code.

  • Note: to identify a heading, look for some equal signs (===), typically in two-four equal signs on either side of the name of the heading. An example of a heading is shown below.

Level three header example.JPG

8. Near the bottom of the page, click "Show preview", which will show you how the page displays.

9. Locate the heading from step 7 in the Preview of the page. When you have found the correct heading, locate the link (created by the {{RecordSearch code) under that heading.

  • Note: to accurately find the corresponding FamilySearch collection link, compare the surrounding content around the "{{RecordSearch" code to other content on the page as it is previewed. That will help you know you've found the correct link that corresponds to the "{{RecordSearch" code.

10. If the link appears in a bulleted-list or another form of list of collections (or even appears by itself without other immediately surrounding content, such as seen in the image below), then continue to step 11.

  • Note: If the link to the collection is in the middle of a sentence/paragraph of text, is in a table/chart, or other format that is not a list, then move on to the next instance of the "{{RecordSearch" code on the page and start again at step 7.

In the code:
Record Search.JPG

Displayed on the page:
Bullet point example.JPG

Add "How to Use this Collection" link[edit | edit source]

11. Make sure you are now looking back at the Wiki code of the page, and that you are back at your first instance of the "{{RecordSearch" code.
Copy and paste the following code after the code corresponding to the collection. (see also Before & After images below)

  • Note: If the collection lists "index & images" or a variation thereof, paste the following code after.
 - [[ARTICLETITLE|How to Use this Collection]]

Code before HR link.JPG

Code after HR link.JPG

12. At the bottom of the page, click "Show preview". You should now see a red link after your collection that says "How to Use this Collection" (see example below).

HR article red link example.JPG

13. Don't click on the red link. But do click on the blue link that goes to the FamilySearch collection. This will open in a new tab in your browser.

  • Note: occasionally, such as in the image after step 12 above, there will be two links. In the example from step 12, you would click on the blue link for the title of the collection (Alabama State Census, 1866), not the link that says "FamilySearch".

14. After clicking the link, it should take you to the landing search page for that particular collection.There is a link in the middle of the collection search page that says "How to Use this Collection >>". Click "How to Use this Collection". It will take you to the corresponding FamilySearch Historical Records article in the Wiki.

Learn More link.JPG

15. Copy the entire name of the Historical Records Article (as seen below).

HR collection example.JPG

16. Back on your page of code, replace the "ARTICLETITLE" in the code you pasted with the full name of the Historical Records article from step 15.

Code after paste HR title.JPG

17. Click "Show preview" again, and make sure your changed worked. You should now see a blue link that says "How to Use this Collection" right after the link to a FamilySearch collection.

Link code done.JPG

18. If the finished product looks similar to the image above, scroll to the bottom of the page and in the "Summary:" box, type "Added How to Use this Collection link", and then click "Save changes."

19. If you have more than 1 instance of the "{{RecordSearch" code in your page, repeat steps 7 through 19 until you have added the How to Use this Collection link to every instance of "{{RecordSearch".

20. After you have completed all these steps for each instance of "{{RecordSearch" on the Wiki page, go back to the Task List and put today's date in the "Date Completed" column, and continue on to your next item, starting from Step 1.