== History of Editing the Wiki ==
When the FamilySearch Research Wiki began in 2008, anyone with a FamilySearch login could edit and make changes to the
wiki. Because of spamming issues in 2016, the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Wiki Governance Council|Wiki Governance Council]] decided to lock down editing to only known legitimate users with interests in furthering the development of the Research Wiki. Thus, in June 2016, new roles were created to the wiki called, “editor” and “page creator.” Unfortunately, because spammers had numerous Familysearch accounts, there was no way to differentiate a legitimate editor from a spammer until an edit was made. Therefore, it required that everyone who wished to edit the wiki to make an official request giving their username and stating which wiki page they wished to edit. This new process has solved our spamming issue. But it required longtime editors to request editing rights.
== Do you Have Editing Rights? ==
To edit the
wiki, you must be assigned the wiki role of editor and page creator. You need only request this once. Once you are an editor and page creator, you will remain so as long as you follow Wiki Guidelines and Policies. To determine if you currently have editing rights, go to the [[Special:ListUsers|User List]] and type in your FamilySearch account username. Your user name should appear at the top of the list and list the wiki roles assigned to you.
== Request to Edit the Wiki ==
To request to edit the
wiki, please fill out this [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerHi0w9a0wRla8104bwH4oLHFYXu2f1ytNafRdRw8umoTWHg/viewform form]. You should receive an email within 48 hours regarding your editing status.
== How to Edit the Wiki ==
If you have the editor and pagecreator
wiki roles you can edit the wiki by signing into FamilySearch then clicking on either the Edit tab or Edit source tab. Please visit the wiki article, [[Help:Editing the Wiki|Editing the Wiki]] for instructions on how to edit the wiki.
== "But I Need Research Help!" ==
#If the records are not online, how to find them in a genealogical repository
Some instructions on how to search the
wiki to see how it can help you do your genealogy research can be found on the wiki article, [[Help:Browsing the Wiki|Browsing the Wiki]]. <br>
'''To ask a specific question about an ancestor, we suggest you visit our Research Groups on Facebook. Choose the correct regional research group from this
wiki page, [[FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook|Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook]] and “join” the group on Facebook. You can then post a question asking advice or help in your locating your ancestors.'''<BR>
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