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England Church Records[edit source]
Looking at your list of contributions, you appear to be a new editor. Welcome! However there are just two tips I'd like to make:
1. Your edits on the page England Church Records went against a compromise that was agreed to just a few weeks ago. See the talk page for more details https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Talk:England_Church_Records . Therefore where your edits have changed this compromise I have restored what was there previously. You are most welcome to share your ideas for this page on the Talk Page
2. I suggest that it would be easier both for you and for other editors that instead of making lots of very small edits on each page, you do a small number of larger edits. For example those who "watch" the pages you are editing will have their "watchlists" clogged with many small edits. It's also polite to write a 1 or 2 sentence description of your edits describing what you've done (you do this just before you save the edit in a special box that appears)
Hi Alec! I had a question about your edits. I work for FamilySearch and was tasked with merging the England Church Records and the "Locating England Church Records of England" (since deleted) wiki pages. All of the pertinent and new content about locating church records was moved over to the "England Church Records" web page except for the section that has since been restored back. I feel that the information about the Family History Library (and catalog) is important to have on the "England Church Records" page. Where do you feel comfortable with putting this information/section? Can I leave the IGI section alone and just add a section about the Family History Library?
I had a closer look at your edits and agree with the overall structure of it. However I would name the section "FamilySearch Catalog" since this wiki is aimed at online users, many of who will not be able to get to the FHL in Salt Lake City. --Av85647 (talk) 03:33, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
I made the changes again. I renamed the "IGI and FamilySearch Catalog" section to just "IGI" and added the "FamilySearch Catalog" section underneath it. If you want the IGI section to go back to its original name that is fine. Thanks, Beccac1229 (talk) 8:39, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
West Yorkshire[edit source]
Other than a few glitches, the West York are close to be finished. Also, I worked through Leicestershire. Like Kent County, there are red lines in the info boxes. I am under the belief that those will be updated in the 2nd phase, but if not, they need someone's attention as there are quite a few of the "Hundred" category that show up in red lettering. I am currently working in North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire --the next lines down from the others I have done... Let me know if you have questions. My personal email is: firstname.lastname@example.org SMILES... Mari
London online parish registers[edit source]
Thanks for your help in keeping the online parish register guides updated on the Wiki. Someone at Ancestry just asked me a few weeks ago if anyone was updating these English pages, so it will be good to be able to tell them that they are getting updated. I created many of these tables and use them all the time as a professional genealogist. I had a couple of ideas to share, if they are of interest, to explain my old thought processes:
1) For images, I had been only linking to images of original sources. I see that that column is now also used for links to derivative sources, such as published parish register transcripts. Not that one way is right and one is wrong, just wished to point out the difference.
2) A little background on why footnotes were included for the tables - they identified the date sources for coverage years were checked. These coverage years change over time as organizations add to their databases. I found it helpful to explain how the coverage years were determined, and if they were identified in a guide on the corresponding website, what date I looked at that guide. I remember that some users would complain because they couldn't tell if the tables in Lancashire, which another FamilySearch group created that lacked footnotes citing where the date ranges came from, were up to date, or outdated. It's probably fine to do it either way, I was just a bit shocked to see all that data gone.
3) I noticed the new tables are missing image links to Ancestry's London collections. Ancestry has both indexes and images. I tried to go back to the template to recover the data about image years, but it looks like the template pages have been deleted. I think an administrator can pull them back up though, for reference, as needed. If I recall, the image years and index years should be the same year ranges for this particular collection. They used to look similar to this, for an example: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Coln_St_Aldwyn,_Gloucestershire_Genealogy#Church_records .
4) For FamilySearch Catalog links, I think it would be helpful to forewarn people when a link will lead to a restricted image collection, so users won't have to click through to see if there is a lock or not. Here's a possible way that could be illustrated, see "FS PRs" above the table on this page: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Bristol_St_Mary_Redcliffe,_Gloucestershire_Genealogy. After the database title, I wrote (some restrictions may apply) and hyperlinked to a page explaining you can't view the images from home: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Restrictions_for_Viewing_Images_in_FamilySearch_Historical_Record_Collections
Thanks again for your help. You're making very helpful guides.
Somerset, England Parish registers project[edit source]
I boldly followed the instructions for the FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject England Parish Tables: Somerset Part 1 and fixed a few parish tables. I added what I hope are appropriate entries in the Somerset Parish pages task list.
I have ancestors in Leigh-Upon-Mendip, Somerset, so that's why this project caught my eye, and why I started contributing there.
Please correct any mistakes I made without waiting to hear back from me.
--Cheers, user:jcarroll 04:18, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
I tried to update the task list after updating the table for Brompton Ralph, Somerset Genealogy, but it appears that it is no longer publicly editable. Will you please grant me access to that spreadsheet? You can use email address jfc001 [at] gmail [dot] you-know-what.
--Cheers, user:jcarroll 02:21, 8 May 2019 (UTC)
I fixed the spreadsheet so you now should be able to edit it again. Thanks for all your work!