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== Linking to the New Family History Archive Viewer  ==
'''UPDATE: These instructions no longer work and are out of date. There is no known solution to this problem at this time. It is not possible to make links to Family History Archive digitized books that begin with "http://dcms."''' [[User:Murphynw|Murphynw]] 23:09, 11 April 2012 (UTC)
As Family History Library books are digitized, they are now being placed in a new viewer. Visitors are are no longer sent to the classic BYU Family History Archive viewer for recently-digitized books. At this time, there are not persistent URLs to these newly-digitized books. The [[Template:FHA|FHA]] template has been constructed, for use in FamilySearch Wiki, for linking to books in the new viewer. <br><nowiki>{{FHA|[identifier]|disp=[custom text]}}</nowiki>
Steps for using the FHA template:
1. Newly digitized books can be recognized by finding red links in the Family History Library Catalog.
2. Once you click the red link and open a book in the new viewer (most red links still open books in the classic viewer), you will need to retrieve a identifier that is unique for the book, which is found in the URL.
:'''Sample URL:''' https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&amp;dps_pid=IE63938&amp;dps_dvs=1325629572098~379&amp;dps_pid=IE63938&amp;change_lng=en
:In this URL, the unique identifier is '''IE63938.'''
3. Once you know this identifier, you are prepared to create an FHA template. Copy and paste this template and fill in the identifier and custom text: <nowiki>{{FHA|[identifier]|disp=[custom text]}}</nowiki>.
:'''Sample FHA Template:''' <nowiki>{{FHA|IE63938|disp=Family History Archive}}</nowiki>
:'''How this displays on the Wiki:''' {{FHA|IE63938|disp=Family History Archive}}
:::[[User:Murphynw|Murphynw]] 22:31, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
== Community Wiki Support Meeting Date &amp; Time Change  ==
The meeting that has been held on Monday at 9:30 AM will now take place on Thursday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. &nbsp;The meeting number is 3232. &nbsp;There is also a Contributor Discussion Meeting on Thursday at 1:00pm. &nbsp;The meeting number for this meeting is 7770.
== Contributor Help Gets a New Look - 7 October, 2011  ==
If you frequently use the [[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]] (Edit and Contribute) Page, you have probably noticed that it is sporting a much different look. The Support Team just finished a major redesign that we hope will make it much easier for contributors (and anyone else who finds them useful) to navigate&nbsp;the pages. All of the pages you are familiar with are still there, with the exception that we now have one consolidated page that has all the information for basic page editing. We are also excited to have a search function on that page that will just search the help content that you can find at the top of the [[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]] (Edit and Contribute) page. In addition to all of the familiar pages and links, you can now find&nbsp;a link to [[Help:Resources and lists|Resources and Lists]], which will be a continually growing category, as well as a link to [[Help:Volunteer to help|Volunteer on the Wiki]]. This link will take you to pages that share ways you&nbsp;can volunteer to help with the care and support of the Wiki such as participating in a project, joining a committee, or even becoming an ancillary member of the Support Team.&nbsp;Don't forget, we have a new [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentors|Mentoring Program]] designed to help you should you want any additional assistance&nbsp;!
== Wiki Committee's have been created and need your help - October 2011  ==
Some new committee's have been formed to help with the support of the Wiki. &nbsp;If you would be willing to share some time and your expertise with others, one of these committee's might be just for you. &nbsp;Take a look and determine where you can help to keep the Wiki updated and accurate, as well as a place that researchers and contributors can rely on. &nbsp;Check out the [[Help:Wiki care and support|Wiki Care and Support]] page today!
== Wiki Mentoring Program is Born - 30 August 2011  ==
A Mentoring program has been established to help new users who may need personalized help with getting started in the Wiki or with specialized projects. &nbsp;To make this a successful program, we need experienced Wiki users who would &nbsp;be willing to act as mentors. &nbsp;See the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentoring|Mentoring]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:Mentors|Mentors]] pages for further information on how you can help or be helped.&nbsp;
== Wiki Contributor Help Forum Added&nbsp;&nbsp; 3 May 2011  ==
A new forum has been created especially for contributors to the Wiki to get your questions answered about how to do something, or how to fix a problem you are having.&nbsp; Visit the new forum at [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=56 Contributor Help Forum] to post a question, or maybe help another contributor by answering&nbsp;one.&nbsp;&nbsp; You will also find links to the forum posted on the Help pages.<br>
== FamilySearch Wiki Reaches a Milestone 50,000 articles! - 15 March 2011<br>  ==
Congratulations are in order! Last Thursday, the 50,000th FamilySearch Wiki article was created. We've come a long way since the first 800 articles were created based on the FamilySearch Research Outlines three years ago.<br>
Most of all, many thanks go to the wonderful users and and contributors to the FamilySearch Wiki. We would not be where we are today without all of your help and contributions. It certainly won't take another 3 years to complete the next 50,000 articles. We look forward to working with you towards 100,000!
== Family History on TV - 7 March 2011  ==
*I don't know when this new page was added, but today I noticed the link at the bottom of the [https://learning.familysearch.org/ Learn] page. When visiting FamilySearch.org, click on the [https://learning.familysearch.org/ Learn] tab
*At the bottom of this screen you will also see the link to [http://familytech.familysearch.org/ Family Tech] that was added during the [http://rootstech.familysearch.org/ RootsTech] conference.
*Under the [http://rootstech.familysearch.org/ Family Tech] link there is a new line of text that includes the link to the new page:
::*[https://learning.familysearch.org/who-do-you-think-you-are-and-family-history Family History on TV]
*Towards the middle of this new page there is a link that says:
*Read more about Television Shows and Family History – guess where this takes you?
*You’re right . . . the Wiki&nbsp;!!!
*Enjoy the new content on both the [https://learning.familysearch.org/who-do-you-think-you-are-and-family-history Family History on TV] page and the corresponding wiki page, [[Television Shows and Family History]].
== Another way to search the wiki -21 Feb 2011  ==
The [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ Family-ology] website has a tab labeled [https://www.family-genealogy.com/ResearchWiki.aspx?title=utah&ns=0 Research Wiki] that can be used to view alphabetical lists of the content pages available in the wiki. Plus, they also provide a search feature! Check it out!
== RootsTech news reports mentions the Wiki - 20 Feb 2011  ==
*[http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/60506/RootsTech-Conference-Convergence-brings-new-technological-uses.html RootsTech Conference: Convergence brings new technological uses] Gadgets, Internet are boon to genealogists.
*[http://www.taneya-kalonji.com/genblog/managing-rootstech-knowledge Managing RootsTech knowledge] - a [[RootsTech 2011|new page in the wiki]] was created to capture RootsTech presentations
*[http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/rootstech_the_history_of_your_family_is_in_the_fut.php RootsTech:&nbsp;The History of Your Family is in the Future]
*[http://idogenealogy.com/blog/2011/02/12/rootstech-day-2/ RootsTech - Day 2] - mentions Wiki engineer Don Stringham's presentation of creating Wiki templates
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/02/rootstech-ketchup.html RootsTech Ketchup] - ok, now we're really stretching, but it's still an interesting article
*Add additional articles as they are discovered.

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New Wiki Home Page Design (Nov 16, 2012)

A new wiki home page design is in the works. It will be rolled out in stages. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and suggestions onto the discussion page.

Wiki Community Council has been created! (Nov 16, 2012)

The Wiki Community Council has been created, and they held their first meeting on November 14, 2012. The purpose of the council is to be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

Would you like to see something done in the wiki? Would you like help for a WikiProject, either setting one up, or finding volunteers, or anything else? The Community Council can help.

Creating a Wiki Community Council (Sep 20, 2012)

Calling all Wiki contributors,

The creation of a Wiki Community Council, made up of wiki editors from the general public, has been a common discussion over the last couple of years. The purpose of the Council is:

  • To be advocates of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and help promote the Wiki to the genealogy community, and to be advocates of the Wiki Community to FamilySearch.

While many things can be done on the Wiki without any need for a Council or governing board, a Community Council can help by educating community members about the best ways to "get things done" in the wiki. It can support community members with the things that they would like to do to make the wiki better. It can make recommendations to FamilySearch for major changes to the wiki that require FamilySearch support or authorization.

It is finally time to create this Council. A forum thread includes a document setting out the Charter and Scope of this council with more specifics of what it will be involved in.

We invite your nominations now, to recommend those you have seen as valuable members of the community to be a part of this council. Do you see someone who has done great work in the Wiki? Someone who is an advocate for the general public? Please send your ideas and nominations to researchwiki@familysearch.org.

New Sign-in Option (Jul 23, 2012)

Tired of the wiki signing you out when you are in the middle of editing a page?

When you sign in now, you can check the box "Stay signed in for 2 weeks" and not worry about getting kicked out in the middle of an edit!  When you Sign Out in the Wiki, you will probably be taken to FamilySearch.org and signing in there brings up the 2-week option.

Community Support Meeting, Wiki Contributors Meeting, Technical Meeting Time and Date Change

  • Community Support - This meeting has been scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning in the past. It will now be held at 9:30 am on Thursday morning.
  • Wiki Contributors - Previously met at 1:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon.  It will  now be held on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm 
  • Technical Meeting - Previously held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon, will now be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
  • This change will take place on 28 June, 2012.

Milestone for Links from Learning Center to Wiki Pages (12 Jan 2012)

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Links have now been made from the tutorials on the Learning Center Page, left hand navigation bar, to corresponding pages on the Wiki. Each lesson is linked to at least one Wiki page. All the content for the countries has been linked, except for United Kingdom and the United States. Those country's links will come along soon.

--Carol B. Moss 22:46, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Live Chat is now available to Wiki Users (9 Jan 2012) Update (18 June 2012)

Phone support has been added and is functioning.  Follow the instructions below, and the hours remain the same.

Anyone needing personal help with the Wiki can now initiate a Live Chat with a Wiki Support person.  The best method is to go to FamilySearch.org:

  1. Click on "Ask for Help" at the bottom of the page
  2. Then click on" Contact FamilySearch" on the right hand side of the page
  3.  "Click here to start an online chat"
  4. A list of options will appear.  Wiki is number 8 on the list.
  5. For phone support, Use Option 3, ResearchHelp and then Option 3 again for the Wiki.

Note:  This option will not work with Chrome.  Your browser must be Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Live Chat will be available as follows: (All Mountain time)

  • Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM