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=== Other Help Wanted Projects  ===
*Add information to your county and/or city pages.
*Prepare county histories - county section of each state.
*Repositories - what's in a repository of genealogical interest ... U.S. Canada.<br>
*Outside company providing content ... we are putting in the wiki for formatting.
*Write about Migration Trails - Which Counties and Towns they went through in both the U.S. &amp; Canada.<br>
*[[Special:WantedPages|Write articles for links that are in <font color="red">red</font>.]]
*[[Share your knowledge by adding to the Wiki|Write articles of little known research methods for various parts of the world.]]
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|Need Moderators to run projects for places around the world]]
*[[Help:Support team|Join our support team.]]
<span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;" /><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">In addition to that, here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!</span>
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Create_an_external_link Add links] to the [http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/browseByCategory David Rumsey Map Collection] for the state or county in question. For an example, see the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Pennsylvania Pennsylvania].
*Add each state or county's creation date and parent states/counties. This information can be found using the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search] in the Family History Library Catalog.
*Add links to digitized state and county histories. A large collection of such histories is [http://sites.lib.byu.edu/fhc//index.php Brigham Young University's Family History Archives]. A shortcut to searching it for local histories is on the [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/BYU-FHL_Digital_Book_Collection BYU-FHL Digital Books Collection page.]
*The Research Wiki is also available in ten other [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Non-English_versions_of_the_wiki languages]. You can help by [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Translation translating pages] into one of the other languages.
:If there are other areas of the FamilySearch Wiki you would like to volunteer for, we have a [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help_the_Wiki_grow Wiki Help Wanted] page that lists additional projects and areas where help is needed.
== Help  ==
== Help  ==

Revision as of 08:46, 13 February 2013

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Volunteers - Help Us Build a Barn

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A barn raising is accomplished by volunteers with all levels of expertise -- beginners to professional craftsmen.

Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs volunteer help from people who can:

  • Add information to existing articles.
  • Add accurate sources to existing articles.
  • Link to online resources that enhance topics mentioned in the wiki.
  • Correct spelling mistakes and grammar and add headings to topic sections.
  • Create attractive article designs focused on patron usability.
  • Combine duplicate articles, add categories, and much more.

Whatever your expertise level, there's a place for you in a wiki barn raising.

Get Started

To get started, we need to know a little about you, your interests and genealogy or research experience. Please fill out the Volunteer form and we will contact you.  Work on state articles will typically be under the direction of the moderator for that state.  We will arrange your introduction to them.

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Volunteer Form

In the meantime, create a FamilySearch account if you don't have one. Set your account preferences and create your user page.

Projects Needing Help

Help Wanted - United States

Want to help on a specific U.S. State? Click on a state on the map below to go to its Help Wanted Article. State Moderators a variety tasks needing your assistance.

AlabamaAlaskaArkansasCaliforniaArizonaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingWashington D.C.USimagemap.jpg

Help Wanted - Worldwide

Coming Soon! - A World Map linked to Country Help Wanted Articles.

Additional Help Needed On The Wiki

In addtion to State and Country Projects, the items below involve work that a volunteer can do with minimal training:

In addition to these projects, additional projects that volunteers can easily do are listed below:

What tasks could a beginning contributor do?

Start simple

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  • Find pages that could use some TLC, such as Stubs, or Short Pages.  There might be a section in these articles that you could enhance by adding content, or even just spell-checking.
  • Are you interested in a specific area?  Could you add research tips to pages in that area that are in a specific section of the article, such as cemeteries?
  • Another possibility would be to watch genealogy blogs for press or news releases that could be added to the Wiki, if they're not time sensitive.
  • Could you check for broken links or add categories to pages?

US County pages

Is there something specific that is missing from several of them?

  • Examples:
  • Suppose several County pages are missing information about local libraries.  Could you use an internet site, such as PublicLibraries.com to locate the libraries for each county and add the link to the page?
  •  Add links to the Family History Center pages, if they're missing.
  • How about looking for county histories on Googlebooks or Internet Archives and then adding them to the County pages?


There are several on-going projects in the Wiki.  There will be information for areas where help is needed.  Many of the tasks would be good for a beginner.


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Help is available as you determine a task that you would like to do:

Learn more about ...

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