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Blue check.png This page documents a guideline. It is a generally accepted standard that contributors should attempt to follow, though it is best treated with common sense and the occasional exception.

Any substantive edit to this page should reflect consensus. When in doubt, discuss first on the talk page.

We need your help! Below is a style guide to assist you in editing and authoring desciptions of wiki articles that describe FamilySearch digital collections.

Some Style Notes

FamilySearch provides free access to registered users of Historical Records Collections found on FamilySearch.org. The wiki articles that describe these collections have the phrase "FamilySearch Historical Records" in the title of the article. Dates are not usually included in article titles unless they are needed to specify a collection, such as Denmark Census, 1801 (FamilySearch Historical Records) or United States Census, 1940 (FamilySearch Historical Records).

These wiki articles are written to assist users who may or may not be genealogical experts. The articles should be written in a basic language style using simple words. Descriptions of each section of a FamilySearch Historical Records wiki article are listed below.

FamilySearch Collection Template

This template is used when no locality-specific Infobox is available. The template brands the article as describing a collection from the FamilySearch website and creates links to the digital collections.

Members of the User Guidance Unit (a FamilySearch entity) add the template to the Historical Records wiki articles. The CID number of the collection is appended to the CID=CID parameter. "Title of the collection" is replaced with the actual collection title. The country the collection belongs to is added to the "location" parameter. This creates the locality category for the article.

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Historical Record Collections .
CID
{{{CID2}}}
{{{CID3}}}
{{{CID4}}}
{{{CID5}}}
{{{CID6}}}
{{{CID7}}}
{{{CID8}}}
{{{CID9}}}


{{FamilySearch Collection
|CID=CID 
|title=Title of the collection
|location=}}

Infoboxes

Articles for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections display an Infobox on the right side of the page. If the Infobox for that locality is not available the following sections should be included in the article body.

  • Title in the Language of the Records
  • FamilySearch Resources
  • Related Websites

Once the Infobox is created the content of these sections will be moved to the Infobox.

Title in the Language of the Records

This portion of the article exists for non-English language collections. This section includes the title of the wiki article in the language of the collection records but without the suffix (FamilySearch HIstorical Records).

== Title in the Language of the Records  ==
Native Language Title

FamilySearch Resources

This section provides links to wiki articles, collections, and catalog records on the FamilySearch site with related content. This section should use a bulleted list to display articles. If the article includes an Infobox on the right side of the page these links should be added to the FamilySearch Resources section.

== FamilySearch Resources ==
*[[Argentina]] 
*[[Argentina Census]] 
*[[Argentina Military Records]] 
*[[Argentina Notarial Records]]

Related Websites

This section provides links to wiki articles, websites, archives, and other online materials with related content. This section should use a bulleted list to display articles. If the article includes an Infobox on the right side of the page these links should be added to the Related Websites section.

== Related Websites ==
*[http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_certificates/14122 Pennsylvania Death Certificates] 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/pennsylvania/index.html Online Pennsylvania Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries]
*[http://cb.hku.hk/fpslib/collections.html Chinese Genealogies] 

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Add this section to describe any special benefit to looking at this collection.

== Why Should I Look at This Collection? ==

What is in This Collection?

Use the description from the collection landing page as a base and add information based on what you know about the collection. Check the original records or microfilm collections, to see what they look like. At first this description is only preliminary, it should be updated as more is known about the collection or the collection scope changes. You may want to mention the archive where the collection was housed.

== What is in This Collection? ==

For Help Reading These Records

Add this section only when the collection records are not in English. If more than three items are included in this section a bulleted list should be used. Replace the word "Language" with the language of the collection. List other resources as appropriate.

Bulleted list style:

=== For Help Reading These Records ===
These records are written in Language. For help reading these records see the following: 
*[[Language Genealogical Word List]]
*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records]
*[https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish]

Sentence style:

=== For Help Reading These Records ===
These records are written in Language. For help reading these records see [[Language Genealogical Word List|Language]], [https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?fq=place%3A%22Spain%22 Reading Spanish handwritten records], and [https://script.byu.edu/Pages/Spanish/en/welcome.aspx Script tutorial for Spanish].

To Browse This Collection

Add this section only if there are images to view and a browse hierarchy with headers (not just numbers, aka a fakey browse). This section uses the {{Collection_Browse_Link}} tmplate. Replace the numbers in the CID parameter with the CID of the collection. Replace the "Publishable Title" text with the name of the collection. Remove the scheduled= parameter when the collection is published.

=== To Browse This Collection === 
{{Collection_Browse_Link
|CID = CIDnumbers
|title = Publishable Title
|scheduled = Needed if the collection is not yet published}}

What Can These Records Tell Me?

This section is to give users an idea what information is include in each image or record. Usually this includes a list of information included in the record. This can be in a sentence if the list is short or a bulleted list if there are more than three items. If the collection includes multiple record types a columnar bulleted list may be the best way to display the information. Please use phrases such as Name of Deceased, Birthdate of bride, and Occupation of groom.

The following example shows the wikitext used to display a three column list that uses 79% of the available screen.

== What Can These Records Tell Me? == 
The following information may be found in these records:
{{col-begin|width=79%}}
{{col-break}}
'''Record Type'''  
*
*
{{col-break}}
'''Record Type'''
*
*
 {{col-break}}
'''Record Type'''
*
*
{{col-end}}


Collection Content

These sections are only used based on the collection publication. Copy and paste the wikitext into the new article as appropriate. Sample images should only be used if there are no image visibility restrictions.

Sample images from the collection will be added to this section individually, or in galleries when there is more than one image. Images should be placed above or next to the record type that describes each image. Sample images should be included for each major record group.

== Collection Content ==
=== Sample Images ===
<gallery widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
Image:Image File Name|Description
</gallery>
=== Coverage Table ===
=== Coverage Map ===
=== Digital Folder Number List ===

How Do I Search This Collection?

This section is used all Historical Records articles. Copy and paste the wikitext into the new article. Add a sentence or use a bulleted list to identify information helpful to successfully use this collection.

== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know 

Search the Index

This section is used all Historical Records articles. Copy and paste the wikitext into the new article. Replace "number" with the CID number for the collection. Do not remove CID from the right side of the equals sign.

=== Search the Index ===
{{Search Collection Link
| CID=CIDnumber
| scheduled=
}}

View the Images

This section is only used when images for a collection are available. Image availability is indicated on the collection landing page by the phrase View Images in this Collection followed by a link indicating the number of images in the collection. Image collections have either browseable waypoints (data that describes the folder) or a DGS ("Fakey") browse that consists only of the accession numbers of the image folders. Select the appropriate instructions based on the type of browse the collection uses.

For collections with waypoint data, use the </nowiki>

View images in this collection by visiting the Historical Record Collections:

</nowiki> template. Replace "Number" with the CID number of the collection, and the First through Fourth browse levels with the browse levels used in the collection.

=== View the Images === 
{{View_Images_Link
| scheduled = Only needed if the collection is not published 
| CID = Number
| browse_1 = First browse level 
| browse_2 = Second browse level 
| browse_3 = Third browse level  
| browse_4 = Fourth browse level 
}}

For Fakey Browse Collections with a Digital Folder Number List (DFNL) page use the following format. Replace the [DFNL URL Link Text]</PRE> with the name of the Digital Folder Number List page for the collection. You must also replace "CID" in the URL <nowiki>[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/CID/waypoints Browse Page] with the collection CID.

=== View the Images ===
To view images in this collection:
#Look at the [DFNL URL Link Text] article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
#Go to the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/CID/waypoints Browse Page]
#Select the '''Film number''' to view the images

Known Issues With This Collection

This section will be added as needed by World Wide Support staff and missionaries when they add information about problems with the collection.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

This section is used all Historical Records articles. Copy and paste the wikitext into the new article.

=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.  Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].

What Do I Do Next?

This section is used all Historical Records articles. This section can be made up of either sentences or bullet points.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

This section can be made up of either sentences or bullet points. The content should include useful instructions on how to incorporate the search results into your records and apply the new information to identify the next goal in the research process.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

This section can be made up of either sentences or bullet points. The content should include useful instructions on how move forward in when the information being looked for was not found.

== What Do I Do Next? ==
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*
*
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*
*

Record Finder

This section is used all Historical Records articles. Copy and paste the wikitext into the new article substituting the country name for "County name" in the link.

=== Record Finder ===
Consult the [Country name Record Finder] to find other records.

Citing This Collection

The collection citation is prepared by User Guidance staff. The initial explanation about citing records should be pasted as it is written.

Example of the Collection Citation paragraph and template:

== Citing This Collection  ==
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
Collection Citation
"Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 1 April 2015. Parroquias Católicas, Buenos Aires [Catholic Church parishes, Buenos Aires Province].

This section also uses one or both of the following templates:

  • Where indexed records are available in the collection use the {{Record_Citation}} template
  • If images are available the {{Image_Citation}} template should also be used.

These should be placed on the lines following the collection citation.

{{Record_Citation}}
{{Image_Citation}}

Stub Article

If the article has three or more incomplete sections, the stub template needs to be added to the bottom of the article. The template automatically categorizes this section in the Category:FamilySearch Historical Records article stubs.

[[Category:FamilySearch Historical Records article stubs]]

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

In this section, add the “Contributor Invite” template by copying and pasting this wikitext coding:

== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?  ==
{{Contributor invite}}