FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah Community Meeting 2012 Apr 18

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Please excuse Wilma. She is on a research trip until the end of April.And also James Tanner...


Anyone new to this meeting?

Meeting Participants: Jana Stokes, Patsy Hendrickson, Liz Snow, Marilyn Markham, Maren Jensen

News and Events

  • Jane Colmenares can give great training. Contact Wilma ( if interested.
  • 1940 Census Help UGA's project with FamilySearch Indexing.
  • UGA Virtual Chapter, every 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). 19 April topic: 1940 census with Tom McGill, FamilySearch
  • Saturday, June 9th, a Family History Fair will be held in Murray. Sponsored by Regional stakes. Details will follow.
  • BYU July31- Aug 3, BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy
  • Cedar City (August 18th) and Sandy (September 21 and 22) UGA Regional Conferences
  • Creation of Utah Wiki Project Forum (date to be announced- but soon)

Review of last meeting

Liz Snow 16:12, 18 April 2012 (UTC) Committee needs: 

clarification on the tips and the tip bank and its location. Will it be on county page, state page, its own page, where will the links be. 


  • No additions or corrections made to April 11 minutes. Liz Snow 16:09, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Progress reports

Meeting discussion April 18:Liz Snow 16:09, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

  • Decided we need a link from obits topic to newspapers topic on each page.
  • Also a link from the Utah County Newspaper page to obituary and newspaper sections of that county.
  • General protocol: each topic on our county pages if too lengthy will link to a separate page for that topic. 
  • Marilyn suggested putting the years covered for each newspaper on the top of the County Newspaper pages. Book at the FHL Newspapers on Micorform which gives the year dates. 
  • On newspaper task, continue with task as written, if additional items need to be added to newspaper topic paragraph, then write a new task which includes these items. 

Idea share

Task for brief discussion

Topics that may need less discussion: Leader/assistants do examples, get suggestions and approval: Liz and Jana have volunteered to be assistants.

  • Obituaries

  • Do what on state level?

Future "quick" tasks:

  • Probate
  • Land and property
  • Court
  • Funeral home records

Discussion: Liz Snow 16:10, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

  • Didn't discuss obituaries or probate, land & property, court and funeral home records. We will discuss these when Wilma returns.

Vital records (BMD, Div)

  • County level
  • State level
    • In the Wiki contributors mtg Tues 17 Apr (Wilma gone) they presented the NY project as being done well and refered us to town page for an example..but I switch to county (Dutchess)....I thought they had some really good structure thoughts for the vital records section that we may want to consider. One thing they didn't do, that I would have done was make the vital records section a separate page. JanaStokes 22:33, 17 April 2012 (UTC)


  1. Cemeteries
  2. Church
  3. Libraries

Meeting discussion: Liz Snow 16:10, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Ideas for info on county page or having a separate page for Vital Records topic section:

  • start on county page and if topic gets too large, then link to separate page
  • need a general intro paragraph about general vital records and substitute records, then have links to other pages
  • if problem arises where general public is adding info that makes topic too long, we could put a sentence that says "please add more info to other page". Then put link to other page. 
  • may consider a "gardener" for pages to keep watch and move "weeds" to other applicable pages. 
  • decision to discuss topics for Vital Records section next meeting. 

Future meetings

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Next week:

  • Progress reports
  • To be determined by the group

To discuss soon:

Tasks for:

  • Vital records setup: making ready for items to be entered
  • Cemetery records
  • Church records
  • Funeral home records
  • Land and property
  • Probate
  • Court
  • Provide context continued
  • Tip Bank continued.