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Linking to the New Family History Archive Viewer

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

Wiki Contributors Corner Forum - 22 December 2010

Wiki page Moderators and Adoptors! Stay up-to-date and give your input on issues that matter to you on the Wiki Contributors Corner Forum.

Update from Search Product Management - Pilot vs Beta - 8 November 2010

An upate written by Robert Kehrer, the product manager for beta search about the Pilot and Beta search functions has been posted to Feedback and Community Support site.

Watch and Unwatch Bug - 9 July 2010

The following notice was posted on the Forum 9 July 2010:

Some maintenance updates were installed on the wiki Thursday night (last night). As a result, a new bug was introduced that impacts the Watch/Unwatch feature in the wiki. Here’s a brief description of what you will experience:

When you are watching a page, the Unwatch link shows up (like it always does). Due to the bug, the Watch link will still be there, even though you are already watching the page (this is the bug).

However, if you are not watching a page, you will only see the single option to "Watch" the page. You will not see the additional "Unwatch" option.

The engineers have isolated the problem and identified a fix. They will be testing the fix and installing it to the live wiki site once the testing is completed.

Thanks to everyone for quickly reporting the problem. As a result of your watchful eyes over the wiki, we were able to quickly call in the troops and work toward the solution in a timely manner!

See also, Technical Meeting Agenda for 26 October 2010.

Wiki Success Stories

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Newly Published Collections on Family Search

08/18/2010 FamilySearch announces many more collections added to Historical Records, totalling 200 million names. Included are the 1910 US Census (additional data, still in progress), various additional data from vital records in several states, and about half this total is from 18 different other countries. This is said to have made's collection nearly the largest international family history data resource known at present.

October 2010 new collections for Historic Records are now only published in FamilySearch Beta as the closure of the Record Search site approaches FSbeta may be found at:

New collections added 20 October 2010
Ghana 1982-1984 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Idaho County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional indexes and images added
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Censuses (FamilySearch Historical Records)

28 October 2010

Germany, Ludwigshafen Church Family Registers Extraction (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Norway 1875 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional image included

Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional images included

Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records) additional indexes and images added

Minnesota State Census, 1865 (FamilySearch Historical Records) new indexed records

U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 1,973,884 indexed records and 52,150 digital images added

New Collections added 29 October 2010

Brazil Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Honduras Catholic Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Germany, Bremen Name Card Index to Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

New Collections added 5 November 2010

Canada Ontario Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Rhode Island 1905 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Tennessee County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Spain, Cadastre of Marquis of Ensenade (FamilySearch Historical Records)

a further 15 collections were reworked or added to

New Collections added 9 November 2010

Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

New York, Naturalization Indexes (FamilySearch Historical Records) Eastern District

Oklahoma Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes (FamilySearch Historical Records)

United States, Mormon Battalion Pension Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Arizona Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)

3 December 2010

FamilySearch Historical Records added collection 500 North Carolina County Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)