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2015 08-19-FamilySearch (PowerPoint)

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FamilySearch: FamilySearch + Wikipedia. Wiki Wednesday (August 2015) - Lightning talk on usage of FamilySearch for vital record citations. License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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2015 08-19-FamilySearch (PowerPoint)

  1. 1. FamilySearch FamilySearch + Wikipedia Erika Herzog User:BrillLyle WikiWednesday 2015 @ Wikimedia New York City Babycastles Wednesday, August 19, 2015 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. 2. FamilySearch  FamilySearch.com is a website maintained by the Mormon Church aka LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)  Unlike Ancestry.com, FamilySearch is a free resource with Vital Records  Types of records: • Birth, Baptism, and Christenings -- State Birth Indexes, esp. California • Marriage -- State Marriage Indexes • Death -- Social Security Death Index, State Death Indexes, Find A Grave • Census, Residence, and Lists -- US Census, United States Public Records • Immigration and Naturalization -- Passenger Lists, etc. [paywalls] • Military -- Draft Registration, Enlistment Records • Probate -- Estate Files This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 1
  3. 3. FamilySearch + Wikipedia  What this means for Wikipedia citations....  With NO PAYWALL, the following information can be confirmed and properly cited with vital records • Birth name • Birth dates • Birth place • Marriage dates • Spouse • Divorce dates This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 2
  4. 4. FamilySearch – Select "Search" This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 3
  5. 5. FamilySearch – Search Screen This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 4
  6. 6. FamilySearch + Wikipedia  Search tips: • Match all terms exactly • Filter by – RESTRICT RECORDS BY: – TYPE  Browse All Published Collections (from Search home page) can be used to target geographic locations and specific national collections This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 5
  7. 7. FamilySearch: Birth Index This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 6
  8. 8. FamilySearch: 1940 Census This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 7
  9. 9. FamilySearch: 1940 Census This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 8
  10. 10. Vital Records, Privacy, etc.  Care should be taken when using the information available on FamilySearch  Records in the United States Public Records category are similar to the "old school" phone book, but with more details. They often have relatively recent data and personal information (i.e., phone numbers, family members)  Typically, I do not use that information; instead I limit the citations used to the established vital records (birth, death, census)  If in doubt, if it seems that the information would be harmful to the subject of the article, DO NOT include the information This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 9
  11. 11. Comparison Sources  FamilySearch is a better citation resource than many existing Wikipedia citations  These resources are not sourced and do not include official vital records; however, they are used all over Wikipedia as citations • Filmreference.com • IMDb • Yahoo! Movie Biography links (which are now deadlinks) This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 10
  12. 12. Q&A  Questions?  Thoughts?  Concerns? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 11

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