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New Sign-in Option

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 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

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

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." 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 FHA template has been constructed, for use in FamilySearch Wiki, for linking to books in the new viewer.
{{FHA|[identifier]|disp=[custom text]}}

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:
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: {{FHA|[identifier]|disp=[custom text]}}.

Sample FHA Template: {{FHA|IE63938|disp=Family History Archive}}
How this displays on the Wiki: Family History Archive
Murphynw 22:31, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Community Wiki Support Meeting Date & Time Change

The meeting that has been held on Monday at 9:30 AM will now take place on Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  This will take effect on January 3, 2012.

Contributor Help Gets a New Look - 7 October, 2011

If you frequently use the 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 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 Contributor Help (Edit and Contribute) page. In addition to all of the familiar pages and links, you can now find a link to Resources and Lists, which will be a continually growing category, as well as a link to Volunteer on the Wiki. This link will take you to pages that share ways you 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. Don't forget, we have a new Mentoring Program designed to help you should you want any additional assistance !

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.  If you would be willing to share some time and your expertise with others, one of these committee's might be just for you.  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.  Check out the 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.  To make this a successful program, we need experienced Wiki users who would  be willing to act as mentors.  See the Mentoring and Mentors pages for further information on how you can help or be helped. 

Wiki Contributor Help Forum Added   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.  Visit the new forum at Contributor Help Forum to post a question, or maybe help another contributor by answering one.   You will also find links to the forum posted on the Help pages.

FamilySearch Wiki Reaches a Milestone 50,000 articles! - 15 March 2011

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.

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 Learn page. When visiting, click on the Learn tab
  • At the bottom of this screen you will also see the link to Family Tech that was added during the RootsTech conference.
  • Under the Family Tech link there is a new line of text that includes the link to the new page:
  • 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 !!!
  • Enjoy the new content on both the 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 Family-ology website has a tab labeled 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