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  • Where to find projects: Here’s how to get to the list on the Community Portal.
  • Where to find projects: Here’s how to get to the list on the Community Portal.
  • Where to find projects: Here’s how to get to the list on the Community Portal.
  • Where to find projects: Here’s how to get to the list on the Community Portal.

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  • FamilySearch Wiki
    Finding Records for Your Research
  • Getting and Giving Advice
    Do you…
    • want to know where to find an ancestor?
    • want to know where the best, cheapest records are?
    • ever tell people the stuff you’ve learned?
    You can do it on FamilySearch Wiki!
    wiki.familysearch.org
  • Today’s Lesson
    • What’s a wiki?
    • Focus of FamilySearch Wiki
    • How people use the wiki
    • How edits spur quality
    • Projects & great content
    • Contributing
  • What’s a Wiki?
  • What’s a wiki?
    • A Website anyone can edit.
    • In Hawaii, “wiki wiki” means “quick”
  • Wikipedia: Community authoring
  • Wikipedia: Community Authoring
    9th most popular Website
    Content written by community
    3,000 new entries per day
    Most errors corrected in 5 mins.
    11 edits per article
  • About FamilySearch Wiki
  • FamilySearch Wiki’s Main Focus
    • Where to find records
    • How to use them
  • How people use FamilySearch Wiki
    • Get research guidance
    • Help others avoid my mistakes
    • Make friends
    • Leave a legacy
    • Gather information for a class
    • Reach a wider audience
    • Be part of something bigger than myself
  • Organization: Locality Approach
    Select a country.
    Information about records for that country
    States, counties, or parishes
    Search
    “United States”
    “New York birth”
    “[county] cemetery”
  • Growth & Quality
    Page edits spur quality
    Top contributors have 10k-15k edits/person
    59,000 edits in 2009(as of 7/29/09)
    7,500 characters/edit on average
    Top pages have 300-500 edits
    FHL research consultants investing 22,000 hours/year
    2009 edits = 535,000,000 characters
    Don’t blink – you might miss something
  • Content
    What’s really great on the wiki?
  • U.S. projects
    Current projects (for all 50 states)
    Federal and state Census
    Vital (birth, marriage, death)
    Other 2009 projects
    Land
    Probate
    Church or military
  • International projects
    Norway
    Sweden
    Chihuahua, Mexico
    Schleswig-Holstein
    Wuerttemberg
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Sachsen (Saxony)
    Netherlands
  • British Isles projects
    Probate records for England counties
    Principal Probate Registry & Estate Duty Registers
    Build England county pages
    Ireland county pages
    Guidance page for East India Company
  • Great content: some examples
    Maryland History
    Burned Counties Research
    United States History
  • Contributing
    Ever tell someone else the stuff you’ve learned?
  • Your knowledge is valuable!
    Are you good at…
    • Spelling?
    • Grammar?
    • Bridging ideas?
    • Finding cool Websites?
    • Finding local collections?
    • Linking between articles?
    • Documenting processes step by step?
    • Governance?
    • Recruiting talent?
    • Organizing volunteers?
    It’s easy on the wiki!
  • Reach a wider audience
    Over 600,000 unique visitors in the last year
    Hit counter on each page
  • Track traffic on the pages you create
  • Track traffic on the pages you create
  • Your contributions will last
    FamilySearch is big
    If Michael gets hit by a bus, the wiki won’t go away
    Creative Commons license
    Pages can be copied to other sites with CC license
    History page
    See every draft of every article
  • Finding Projects
    You can contribute to projects in progress!
  • Where to find projects
  • Where to find projects
  • Where to find projects
  • Where to find projects
  • How to create a project
    Create a page describing the project.
    Link to your project from the list on the Community Portal.
  • What We Covered Today
    • What’s a wiki?
    • Focus of FamilySearch Wiki
    • How people use the wiki
    • How edits spur quality
    • Projects & great content
    • Contributing
  • Getting and Giving Advice
    Do you…
    • …want to know where to find an ancestor?
    • …want to know where the best, cheapest records are?
    • …ever tell people the stuff you’ve learned?
    You can do it on FamilySearch Wiki!
    wiki.familysearch.org
  • The community needs your knowledge!
    While researching, you’ve learned something that can save someone else time! We need you!
    Volunteers
    We need people of all faiths, ethnicities, & backgrounds
    Call me 801-703-3580 or see me after class!
    Missionaries
    Full time or part-time
    @ Church Headquarters or @ home
    Call me 801-703-3580 or see me after class!
    Interns
    Any school, anywhere. Call me or see me after class!