FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 26 June 2014

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Purpose of the meeting: Improve the Wiki

  • Forge solutions with other community contributors.
  • Share best practices, ideas, and content.
  • Discuss current issues, community matters, and strategies.
  • Move issues to decision.


Welcome[edit | edit source]

Kudos go to[edit | edit source]

Business/Announcements[edit | edit source]

No meeting next week, July 3. Can someone plan and moderate the meeting July 10, as Wilma will (most likely) be unavailable.

Agenda items[edit | edit source]

Be bold, post your agenda items!

Feel free to post on the agenda any items you wish to discuss during the meeting.


Summary of Yammer[edit | edit source]

FS Wiki Contributors group.

  • Giuseppe: help us identifying the main groups of pages we already have. Statistics
    • US counties (3,000) ; England parishes (14000), Indexing pages (3,000), historical records pages (5,000) ...etc.... it seems like 78,000 pages are too many, or there is some big chunk of pages we are missing
    • ... etc... likely includes (besides talk, redirect) FamilySearch Wiki, MediaWiki, Templates, Help, Category, Portal, Policy, and Widget.
  • There is a list of articles about the wiki that were in the old Amdox system and that are now in Salesforce about the wiki. They are outdated. Not all of them, but many, some also have broken links.
  • Discussion item: renaming/redirecting locality pages
    • Example: Illinois would become Illinois Genealogy Research
    • Giuseppe's reply is informative "when we asked our FS marketing/SEO experts a few months ago they confirmed what we already knew. We did not make any change at the time because we wanted to discuss this more with the community, but it is important to understand certain principles.
    • We need to define better our titles. Almost 50% of our searches come from Google.. with this change we will probably increase that number.
    • this should not make more difficult our internal search because if people look for Illinois they should find that page in the search together with the new titled page, and when they open the page they should be redirected to the new page
    • We do not want to go to the other extreme of having long titles for those locality pages. Long titles are not good because they dilute the value of the keywords and it would even complicate the searches
    • Our support missionaries would be able to create those redirects quickly for all State and later county pages
    • One comment: I can see it now: "Illinois Genealogy Research Genealogy"
    • The topic pages won't be renamed, will they? (Such as Illinois Vital Records)
  • Interesting / Fun
    • Volunteers uncover pioneer cemeteries long lost
    • Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You
    • Some touching poems
    • Can a first cousin, once removed, return?

Moderators and Adopters[edit | edit source]

Wiki Content[edit | edit source]

External links back to the Wiki
"External links" from the Wiki to other Wiki pages A few years ago, a friend and I did a search for these links and fixed the majority of them. External links are counted as "bounces" and skew the usage statistics.


Templates for common links:
Not everyone is aware of these templates and how to use them. A few years ago, the Library Catalog made changes that affected the URL, and every catalog link broke. As a result, the FHL template was created, so links were more robust.

Other templates were also created:

Wiki Support[edit | edit source]

Community Council Report[edit | edit source]

Items to pose to Community Council


Meeting Notes/Minutes[edit | edit source]