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Paul, I am afraid that the technical problems continue; today the problem for two of us has been failing to accept external links (both Wikipedia and NWKFHS). Phil and I both feel that unless the technical failures can be improved that contribution is far too time consuming to be worthwhile. We hope that the East Kent parishes with a different timescale in 2012 will not be as disrupted as we have found the West Kent contributions. Given the December disruption four other people have not attempted to contribute. There is no sign of change on the catalogue presentation and it seems likely that we will abandon work on the West Kent parishes catalogue effort; the American content is open to other contributors in the church records section. Where possible in future we will add source catalogue links or entries from the various archives to complement the Americanised version in the Family History library. If that is the technical obstacles are removed in 2012. Penshurst 10:18, 30 December 2011 (UTC)
I will contribute what I can to help others but agree that until FamilySearch resolve their technical problems that there are other places to work without such disruption. It appears that this area of FamilySearch is just as problematic as the frustration of Records presentation, the catalogue problems and associated geographical errors in for Kent in the index offerings. I know that these are free sites but the quality of information is poor and ignorance of geography detracts from what is intended. It does appear that there is a USA centric approach to English genealogy here; not surprising then that UK contributors have difficulty. Penshurst 19:12, 7 January 2012 (UTC) This replicates the Sussex group disillusion as well as other counties. Perhaps at some point in future after further work to bring FamilySearch disparate functions together in a viable effort we could contribute again with local knowledge.
From Ipswich to Canterbury
Thank you for hauling the Canterbury parishes back into the County from Suffolk! I have added some Kent FHS Canterbury Branch links to Canterbury, Kent Places of Worship and eventually linked the redirect from Suffolk! I have a feeling that someone in America ought to be very embrassed and red faced. As Joe Gargery would say "What Larks"! Hostelry 17:07, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
Indeed and Canterbury needs further attention in future; the early parish churches lost in the dissolution could be added. The basic information layer is there; church records should wait until 2013 when the Kent Archives reorganisation settles- the microfilming information is going to be superceded with revised catalogue in Kent. It is open to the Family History Library to put in their microfilm material but the deposited material will be another matter and archivist suggestions are to leave until 2013 reorganisation is achieved. Ps1964 16:23, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
- We of the wiki support staff agree with you concerning spelling, and are meeting with other FamilySeach entities to lobby this view point. But many Americans are limited because they do not know the English spelling of words. They are not trying to infuriate English readers, they are just acting within the limits of their own knowledge.
- Also, please remember that the wiki is community driven and that we depend on volunteers--such as yourself--to provide content. No one "owns" the information, and anyone can edit the content. Our best pages are those that begin with one person writing what they know about a subject, and then others with additional knowledge add to that page. We would be pleased if you added additional information,including changing spelling--in fact we encourage you to do so. Obviously, you who are local know much more about these localities and records that those who live out of country. But there are many Americans whose ancestors came from England, who need help understanding English records and localities. So Americans write what they know about these topics, within the limits of their knowledge.
- Hopefully we can all work together to improve the content of the English pages so that researchers, most of whom are amateurs, can extend their family pedigrees and understand their heritage. And please excuse any "misspellings" I may have made here--I am limited to American spelling, and even it is inadequate. Klk3 03:09, 11 February 2012 (UTC)