- 1 Purpose, Policies, and Procedures
- 1.1 What the Wiki is
- 1.2 Who Maintains the Wiki
- 1.3 Content Allowed on the Wiki
- 1.4 Wiki Content Policies
- 1.5 Content not allowed in the Wiki
- 1.6 What you agree to by using the Wiki
- 1.7 Disputes between contributors regarding editing and behavior
- 1.8 Should we keep these?
Purpose, Policies, and Procedures[edit | edit source]
What the Wiki is[edit | edit source]
The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free, online genealogical guide created and maintained by FamilySearch, a non-profit organization. It contains links to genealogy databases, websites, resources, research strategies, and genealogical guidance to assist in the search for your ancestors. Wiki articles included are locality pages for countries around the world that contain topic pages which include pertinent genealogy record types explaining how to use the record, what it contains, and how/where to find it.
Who Maintains the Wiki[edit | edit source]
FamilySearch owns and maintains the Wiki. FamilySearch relies on volunteers to help update Wiki content and patrol edits made to the Wiki. Because of the enormous amount of Wiki articles, FamilySearch cannot guarantee content found on any Wiki page is current or correct. Like any Wiki, FamilySearch relies on the community to help locate incorrect information and identify broken links. Genealogical community members are welcome to add and update content on the Wiki by either editing the Wiki directly or submitting information to FamilySearch.
Sourcing and citing information helps establish the validity of the content, but no guarantees can be made regarding records and access owing to changing laws and other circumstances. Archives and government entities restructure, physically and organizationally, on a continual basis. It is not possible or reasonable to expect this information in the Wiki to always be accurate.
Content Allowed on the Wiki[edit | edit source]
- Links to free and subscription websites regarding genealogy databases, records, images, websites, research strategies, repositories, archives, government agencies, finding aids to other collections, or anything else helpful to a user to locate their ancestors
- Genealogical research strategies and guidance
- Instructions on how to find, use and analyze records that are genealogically useful
- Historical definitions of legal terms, occupations and other terms that are useful to genealogists
- Images: Includes samplings of genealogical records, images of historical interest, current and historical maps
Final determination about the appropriateness of content rests with FamilySearch.
Research Wiki Projects[edit | edit source]
- Locality pages: containing information about records, strategies and topics specific to a locality in discovering records about ancestors. This may include all jurisdictions, including countries, states, counties, parishes, provinces, departments, etc.
- Historical Records Collection pages: explaining the scope of the collection and examples of relevant information contained therein
- Guided Research project: maintained solely by FamilySearch to assist researchers starting research in a locality
- Libraries and FamilySearch Affiliate Library Wiki pages
- FamilySearch Family History Center/Library Wiki pages: for more information regarding what is allowed on a center/library Wiki page, go to: Help:Updating a Family History Page.
- Genealogical and historical society pages
Wiki Content Policies[edit | edit source]
- Creative Common License: Written content on the Wiki is under Creative Commons license. Exceptions include some FamilySearch images that are copyrighted. Be sure to view the license attached to any FamilySearch images before using or sharing to avoid violating copyright laws.
- Neutral Point of View: The Wiki is written from a neutral point of view representing fair and without bias all significant views of family history related topics that have been published by reliable sources.
Content not allowed in the Wiki[edit | edit source]
The Wiki should not include the following:
- Discussions of religion, politics, ethnicity, culture, and history except in relation to family history research and record keeping.
- Images and files of record sets of source documents except when showing sample documents, especially associated with Historical Records collections.
- Biographical information about an individual, unless it's used to describe a record or used in a case study to illustrate a research process or principle.
- Data sets and genealogical records, such as obituaries, military histories, or transcriptions of record sources.
- Lists of individuals in index form or a repository of individual information.
- Personal points of view, opinions, arguments, testimonials or stories of research experiences.
- Advertising or reviews of products or services.
- Edit wars and fighting over competing viewpoints.
- Profanity or profane slang in any form or language.
- Poems, speeches, or other narrative text.
- Holidays and family traditions. Those which affect family history records or research methods are allowed under specific countries/localities.
- Religious doctrine or advocacy, or criticism of religious practices.
- Doctrine and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is inappropriate to include this information on family history center/libraries Wiki pages.
- Internal policies or contact information of FamilySearch International.
- Contact information for business affiliates of FamilySearch International.
- Criticism of FamilySearch or any of its business operations.
What you agree to by using the Wiki[edit | edit source]
- System notifications from the Wiki: You may receive email notifications from the Wiki concerning watched pages, messages left on your user talk page, and when your Wiki editing role changes. Use the instructions found on the Notifications Wiki page to change your notification preferences.
Contributor Expectations[edit | edit source]
We anticipate contributors will add relevant content to the Wiki pages they edit.
Final determination about the appropriateness of content rests with FamilySearch.
Behaviors Not allowed[edit | edit source]
- Soliciting feedback or collecting suggestions regarding the development of products.
- Using bots, or programs that update pages automatically, without prior consent from FamilySearch management.
- Posting copyrighted material.
- Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than three times within 24 hours. Doing so may lead to an administrator revoking or limiting contributor privileges.
- Anything that is added, removed, or changed in the Wiki that is an attempt to compromise the integrity of the Wiki is vandalism and will be rectified and may include loss of editing privileges.
Disputes between contributors regarding editing and behavior[edit | edit source]
- Disputes between members. When disputes arise between community members they are strongly encouraged to talk together and resolve their differences without using mediation or arbitration.
- Mediation. A process available on request when disputes between members cannot be resolved on their own.
- Arbitration. The Wiki Governance Council will form the Arbitration Board. Arbitration is needed when disputes about user conduct are reported. The decisions made by the Arbitration Board are final. However, a community member may appeal to the Arbitration Board for decisions on deletions of content, blocking or banning.
Should we keep these?[edit | edit source]
|Type of guideline|
||Free, Verifiable, Neutral, Spam free, and Code of Conduct|
||Defined as: first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief |
||Manual of Style
||A set of standards for the design and writing of wiki articles|
||Transforming a Style Idea to a Manual of Style Guideline
||Procedure to try to transform your idea into a site-wide guideline|
||Assume good faith
||Be civil and follow dispute resolution processes, rather than attacking contributors or edit warring with them|
||Principles of etiquette or "Wikiquette", on how to work with others on the Wiki|
||Be kind to newcomers
||Most newcomers are not familiar with the policies or guiding principles so respectfully instruct them|
||Don’t try to win an edit war by bringing in allies or by enlisting friends to create the illusion of support.|
||Tips to avoid disputes
||To prevent an edit war, both contributors should use civilized discussion|
||Talk to each other
||The negotiation process will remain transparent by recording the entire conversation on the article "talk" page|
||Contributor assistance can be sought by listing a dispute through an edit to this site|
||If you are experiencing an editing conflict, you can submit the issue here so that it will be mediated|
||Just because you can publish something widely doesn’t mean you should if it is not relevant|
||When sharing research information avoid unproven techniques. If you have not tried it then do not share it|
||Source Citation Formats
||The first contributor to add a reference to an article sets the style for that article. |
||Link, don’t copy
||It is far better to add a brief quote or summary and then link to the public domain source material|
||Biographies of individuals, whether living or deceased, are not allowed (except as an short example)|
||An article that covers a syllabus should remain as given, a new article can be created with the latest information|
||Accuracy and collaboration
||Wiki content authoring isn’t about command and control; it’s about the merit of ideas. We are smarter than me|
||Proposal: The categories used should reflect where users are most likely to look if they can't remember the article name|
||Categories that do not follow naming conventions can be immediately renamed and deleted after moving articles|
||Process of resolving conflicts when a single term can be associated with more than one topic|
||Talk pages should be signed to aid discussions: articles should not be signed because they are shared work|
||It is best to choose a neutral, non-controversial name. No obscene or profane names are allowed. |
||Talk page guidelines
||A space for editors to discuss improvements to articles and other pages using courtesy and consideration|
||Do not revert any page or any part of a page more than 3 times in 24 hours or involvement by an administrator may result|
||Your user page is not a personal website and should only be used for Wiki related content|
||Article or page size
||Article size should be determined by readability and organization (100K byte maximum per Wikipedia)|
||Best practices in naming articles, categories, images, files, and templates for this Wiki. |
||Naming Conventions for Geographic Names
||Proposed policy provides that article names should be chosen for the general reader, not for specialists|
||Template:Policies and guidelines
||Template of policies and guidelines|