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Your Archives is good, allows people, place adn document contributions, but personally I think a little disorganised or rather unstructured. One I really like for its organization is fibis Families in British India wiki which is very organized. Have a look if you have not already.

Thanks for the welcome, and glad to see you moving up the food chain at the library:-))  It is certainly interesting to contribute but it can be time consuming and addictive to get it right. I have been preparing a new lecture "Genealogical Wikis: A Personal and Customizable Research Tool" to be given at IGHR next week. I am using FamilySearch wiki as an example but highlighting other international wikis as well. I am also pointing out that in most cases the skill set is transportable to most sites, there are exceptions. The key is finding the right wiki for what you want to do and what is the best way to organize the data - places, people, people and places, history, etc. I have therefore been making contributions to develop a few pages so that I can better learn the system. It is fun though and actually forces you to learn what you think you know.

Paul Milner

Userbox suggestion[edit source]

I added your question about creating new user boxes to the Help page's discussion page. You could respond to the suggestion there, or add additional items for discussion. --Fran 18:35, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

Daudwp, the  author of page  " Old microfilm number conversion 250-334 " needs some help understanding how to create unambiguous page titles. I'm assuming this is part of that British Ref project. Could you coach her/him? Ritcheymt 10:53, 11 April 2008 (MDT)

Darrin, there are many tech stuff still on backlog we want to use but it's the engineers. One feature is interactive google map but we have to wait for the engineers. So have patience with the engineers as we develop the FSWiki further. Dsammy 06:08, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

To all FamilySearch Wiki Contributors: An apology is in order...[edit source]

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

Hello![edit source]

We wanted to send out a quick letter of appreciation for contributing in one of the FamilySearch Historical Records articles. The information you provide is invaluable to those users who are searching out further information about collections in FamilySearch; it helps them make a deeper connection with their research, especially when it has to do with their own ancestry. It’s your contributions that are keeping the project rolling forward. We want you to feel a part of our community here.

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Featured Article Thank YOU![edit source]

Hi WilliamsDa,

The FamilySearch Wiki:FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the Guessing a Name Variation page you helped create has become a FamilySearch Wiki:Featured Articles, highlighted on the FamilySearch Research Wiki of the Wiki, and will remain there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and will help others find their ancestors.<br>'You have made a difference in research!'

joy Wyzer17 15:20, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Protected Page[edit source]

Darris, with the current policy of linking to articles like this, rather than copying the whole thing into the Wiki, it looks to me like this page should be deleted from teh Wiki and be linked to on the web, from articles in the Wiki that would benefit from that link. The page is protected, and those pages should be at a minimum.averyld 20:40, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

I don't think you will find more than one or two of the World Conference on Records articles on the web that we could link to. There are several volumes containing these articles and we only added a few to the wiki out of all those available. The articles that were loaded into the wiki are protected because they were previously published in print and are therefore not something we thought should be open to editing. You state that protected pages should be at a minimum in the wiki. I actually think that protected pages are at a minimum. How many protected pages are there in the wiki? I'd be suprised if more than 1% of the wiki pages are protected but would love to know what the exact numbers are. Darris G. Williams 05:08, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation.  The number of protected pages has been  kept to a  minimum, which we appreciate.  Many of the ones on the list are indexing pages, and I think those will move off the Wiki in the future.  There is a list in the Special Pages.averyld 00:39, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Cardiganshire Nonconformist Records There is a problem with this table on Lines 2-62 are missing. 63 is present but the lines don't start until line 415. Assuming you put in these tables you have the source to correct this. FamilySearch Wiki Support Ccsmith 23:27, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

Ireland Rural and City Maps[edit source]


Have updated the above page. Do you know of any other pages about these maps, as this page is incomplete? Thanks for your comment on the talk page helped me to update it. Sandralpond 17:37, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Sandra, There should be a similar page for each locality in the UK and Ireland. It has been a long time since I looked at those pages. When the wiki was new this type of information was used to help seed the wiki content. The actual content for the Rural and City Maps pages has probably not been updated since it was first created in the 1990s. Darris G. Williams 02:17, 29 January 2014 (UTC)