FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records
FamilySearch Wiki Historical Records is an ongoing project to describe the historical record collections published online. As new collections are prepared for publication, articles are written describing the overall collections and the records available in them. These articles include basic information about the collection, instructions on how to effectively search the records, and other potentially helpful material.
How You Can Help
The User Guidance unit welcomes contributions to the FamilySearch Historical Records articles. Like all articles in the FamilySearch Wiki, these articles are not only meant to be used by patrons for research purposes, but are also available for patrons to contribute when they have a working knowledge of the locality or record type. Community members can help expand the research done by User Guidance by helping with image translations, record content description, related website listing, and other needed additions.
Projects Needing Content
Below are links to lists of projects that need to be completed, organized by language. Click on the language you wish to work on and help out with the projects listed there.
Alternatively, you can work on project pages by task:
Project Task Descriptions
The tasks listed above involve adding information to wiki articles describing the corresponding FamilySearch Collection. There are multiple sub-tasks that involve adding content. These may be done independently of each other.
For more information about adding content for these tasks, see Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections.
When available, sample images are added to the articles so that patrons may get a quick preview before browsing the entire collection. If the collection is not in English, the sample images need to be translated into English. Please see the document How to Help with Image Translations for further instructions.
- Describe the physical state of the originals, including water damage, torn pages, bleed-through, and fire damage. For an example, see Spain Catholic Church Records.
- Describe the dates covered by the collection. For an example, see Sri Lanka Colombo Dutch Reformed Church Records.
- Describe the history of the collection and the records, which might include the processes, creation and disposition of the records. Relate information about localities, jurisdictions, and religious or ethnic groups. For an example of a Record History, see llinois Cook County Birth Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- Describe the original intent of the creation of a specific collection. For an example, see England Cheshire School Records (FamilySearch Historical Records).
- This section includes sub-headers in bold text for the major record types found within the collection. A phrase similar to "[Record type] records may contain the following information" is generally included, followed by a bullet list of genealogically relevant information contained in the record type. Some collections contain several types of records and may need a list for each record type. For an example, see Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records.
- Explain to wiki users how the records can be used to help them find out more about their ancestors.
- Describe research strategies that are helpful when dealing with the collection.
- Explain what the next step would generally after they obtain information from the collection.
- If the collection has an index, describe how to find indexed records in the collection. For an example see United States Census, 1940.
Related Websites and Wiki Articles:
- Related website links: Links from the wiki article to related websites. Such links could include other websites hosting a similar collection, maps and history of the area, genealogy groups specifically dealing with the collection area, etc. Please avoid linking to paid websites, bibliographies, or Wikipedia.
- Related Wiki articles: Links from the wiki article to other FamilySearch wiki articles. Such links could include the main locality/country landing page, wiki articles describing similar collections, and wiki articles with research helps for the locality.
How to Get Started
The following articles will help you get started with various aspects of working on a wiki article.
- Getting Started with Historical Records: Information on ways to contribute to the FamilySearch wiki.
- FamilySearch Records Project Training Page: Information on how to edit and complete tasks for the project.
- Welcome to FamilySearch: Introductory article for all new users
- FamilySearch Records Project: Getting Started: Provides information for those just beginning, as well as resources for more in-depth information
These articles are written at a basic level for beginning users. The style guide explains how to create and edit content for the wiki articles. Please review the guide before contributing to the project. Any questions concerning the guide can be posted on the FamilySearch Collections Talk page.
Thank you for all your help and contributions to this project.
Who Are User Guidance?
This project is overseen by the User Guidance unit. Members of the unit are responsible for creating and monitoring Historical Records articles.
The User Guidance supervisor coordinates all User Guidance team members and facilitates interactions with other FamilySearch units. The supervisor's user page is available at User:HoranDM.
Each coordinator is assigned specific localities around the world. Coordinators are responsible for creating the Historical Records articles about the collections from their localities that publish. The coordinators use FamilySearch programs to obtain and include collection and record information.