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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Userboxes|Add the Volunteer Userbox to your user page]]
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Userboxes|Add the Volunteer Userbox to your user page]]
=== Projects Needing Help  ===
''Outside of State and Country Projects, the projects below involve work that a volunteer can work on 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>
== What tasks could a beginning contributor do?  ==
== What tasks could a beginning contributor do?  ==

Revision as of 07:41, 13 February 2013

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Building the Wiki could be compared to a barn raising.
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A barn raising is accomplished with volunteers of all expertise levels -- from total beginners to master craftsmen. 

Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs a variety of people, those who can:

  • Search for good record sources, find information already available regarding a topic that could be linked to
  • Correct spelling mistakes and grammar, add headings to articles
  • Design the information architecture, the look and feel of the content section, the elements of a good article, and the way in which the various pages will interlink
  • Help care for the Wiki by combining duplicates, adding categories, and 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

Outside of State and Country Projects, the projects below involve work that a volunteer can work on 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.

Other Help Wanted Projects

In addition to that, here are some simple ways you can add information other researchers need!

If there are other areas of the FamilySearch Wiki you would like to volunteer for, we have a Wiki Help Wanted page that lists additional projects and areas where help is needed.


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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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Projects Seeking Contributors
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Maintaining the Help Content Committee
Maintenance and Patrolling Committee
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Enhancement Committee