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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.
  • FamilySearch Wiki: Finding Records for Your Research

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

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