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=== General 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:''<br>
*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.]]
*[[Projects Seeking Contributors|Wiki Projects seeking contributors]]
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Cleanup|Wiki Cleanup Projects]]
*[[Help:Categorization|Add Categories to articles]]
In addition to these projects, additional projects that volunteers can easily do are listed below:
*[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.<br>
==Help Wanted by Location ==
==Help Wanted by Location ==

Revision as of 19:39, 5 September 2013

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Volunteers - Help Us Build the Wiki

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Like a barn raising, the Research Wiki can only be built  with volunteers from all walks of life and with different levels of expertise.

Help us by:

  • Expanding existing articles
  • Creating new articles
  • Adding sources
  • Linking to other online resources
  • Correcting grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Combining duplicate articles.

Whatever your level of expertise, the wiki needs you!  Come join the wiki barn raising team.

Get Started

See the topics below for ideas about how you can help on the wiki. Volunteers should also contact the Moderator for the State, Country and Possessions of interest for suggestions and help for contributions associated for that location.

Wiki Editor Training

Learn all about editing, and get started by adding something to improve the wiki. To learn all about editing in the wiki, click on each of the following in turn and follow the steps there:

Editing in the wiki

  1. Create a FamilySearch Account
  2. Make your first edit to the wiki
  3. Watch tutorial videos
  4. Learn to use a Sandbox page

Talk with other contributors

  1. Join the Contributor Community:
  2. Learn about Talk pages
  3. Create your Wiki User pageExample One | Example Two | Example Three
  4. Add the Volunteer Userbox to your user page

Enrich your experience

  1. Set your user preferences
  2. Watch your favorite pages

General 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:

Help Wanted by Location

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 have a variety tasks needing your assistance.

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

Help Wanted - Worldwide

CanadaUnited StatesMexicoRussiaAustraliaNew ZealandEnglandScotlandIrelandNorwaySwedenFinlandJapanChinaNorth KoreaSouth KoreaGreenlandIndiaMongoliaBrazilChileArgentinaUruguayParaguayBoliviaPeruEcudorColombiaVenezuelaGuyanaSurinameFrench GuianaCubaPuerto RicoPanamaCosta RicaHondurasEl SalvadorGuatemalaBelizeHaitiDominican RepublicCaribbean IslandsThe BahamasSouth AfricaLesothoSwazilandMadagascarMozambiqueZimbabweBotswanaNamibiaMalawiZambiaAngolaTanzaniaBurundiRwandaUgandaKenyaDemocratic Republic of the CongoCongoGabonEquatorial GuineaCameroonCentral African RepublicEgyptSudanSomaliaEthiopiaDjiboutiEritreaLibyaChadNigeriaNigerBeninTogoGhanaCote d'IvoireLiberiaSierra LeoneGuineaGambia Guinea-BissauBurkina FasoMaliSenegalMauritaniaWestern SaharaMoroccoAlgeriaTunisiaIcelandYemenOmanUnited Arab EmiratesBahrainSaudi ArabiaKuwaitIraqIsraelJordanSyriaLebanonIranTurkeyGreeceBulgariaMacedoniaAlbaniaRomaniaMoldovaSerbiaMontenegroCroatiaSloveniaHungaryAustriaSwitzerlandItalySpainPortugalFranceBelgiumNetherlandsGermanyDenmarkPolandCzech RepublicUkraineBelarusLithuaniaLatviaEstoniaKazakhstanUzbekistanTurkmenistanKyrgyzstanTajikistanAfghanistanPakistanBangladeshNepalBhutanMeghalaya Assam Nagaland ManipurMyanmarThailandLaos CambodiaVietnamPhilippinesMalaysiaBruneiIndonesiaPapua New GuineaPacific IslandsWorld Map 640px.png



Help Wanted by Region
North America Europe
South America Middle East
Africa Asia
Australia / Pacific

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:

"How To" Reference Articles

Even More Opportunities for Beginners

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Start Simple

  • 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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Maintaining the Help Content Committee
Maintenance and Patrolling Committee
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Enhancement Committee