FamilySearch Wiki:New Contributors Training

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==== ****  Classes will resume Wednesday, January 4, 2012  *** ====

PURPOSE: Support & Collaboration 

  • If you have experience with family history but are new to using the Wiki, this meeting is for you! You may receive support in contributing to the Wiki, which helps others with direction in their personal research.
  • The first part of the meeting will include training on the scheduled topic. After the training, the agenda is open for you to ask questions you may have.
  • Current news items are sometimes discussed.
  • The Family history community naturally reaches out to mentor and share our knowledge and sources with each other. As we do this, we experience the support of collaboration and the sweetness of success. Working together, we will find our ancestors!

WHEN: Thursday 2:00 - 3:00 MST (4:00 - 5:00 EST)

Click to Attend (MeetingPlace ID 5252)

See below for instructions on using MeetingPlace. 

WHAT: Scheduled Topics

Scheduled Topics
*Proposed Dates to be Given
1. What is the wiki, setting preferences    
2. Wiki community, wiki navigation
3. Rich Text editor, User pages, watching pages
4. Links, sandbox, discussion pages    
5. Standard editor & wikitext
6. Table of contents, searching   
7. Copying & pasting, part 1
8. Copying & pasting, part 2   
9. Images and files   
10. Tables & templates, references & citations
11. Namespaces, creating & naming articles   
12. Combining & deleting, categorization

*These dates are subject to change. 


  1. Ways to get to the Wiki; registering; signing in; setting your preferences; MeetingPlace tips
  2. Understanding the Home page and the navigation bar; Community guidelines; Forums
  3. Editing pages using the Rich Text/FCK editor; setting up your User page; watching pages and understanding the Watched Pages e-mail
  4. Creating and editing links; setting up your Sandbox (a subpage) and linking back to your User page; using Discussion pages; Signing your name 
  5. Editing pages using the Standard editor; intro to Wikitext; creating and editing links - continued; IE browser tips
  6. The Table of Contents (TOC); heading levels; advanced searching; types of pages, including special pages
  7. Copying and pasting – from within the Wiki, from other Web sites including Wikipedia
  8. Copying and pasting – from Microsoft Office Word, from Writer; running OpenOffice from a flash drive
  9. Uploading images and files; placing images and files and their thumbnails in an article; roles in the Wiki
  10. Creating and adding tables; using templates, infoboxes, and userboxes; adding References/Citations to an article
  11. Understanding Wiki namespaces; creating and naming a new page; splitting an article; renaming, moving, and redirecting articles
  12. Combining articles; deleting articles; understanding and adding Categories to articles

WHERE: Online with MeetingPlace 

Attend Meeting (MeetingPlace ID 5252)

To both view and hear the meeting

  1. Click Attend Meeting, above.
  2. If necessary, in the Meeting ID field, enter 5252, and then click the Attend Meeting button.
  3. On the Attend Meeting screen, enter either a guest user name or your LDS Account information, and then click the Attend Meeting button.
  4. Under Connect Me, make sure that the boxes next to both Join the web conference and Have MeetingPlace call my phone have a checkmark in them; type your phone number (including area code, with no dashes or parentheses) in the appropriate field; and then click the Connect button.

To hear the meeting only

Call 801-240-2663 (or toll-free 877-453-7266), and then follow the prompts. The Meeting ID is 5252.

International callers

Sometimes, MeetingPlace will fail to connect an international caller to the toll-free number. If this happens to you, using Skype, you can call the toll-free number at no cost to join the meeting.

  1. Join the meeting over your computer, but don't have the system call your phone.
  2. In Skype, click Call Phones
  3. Select the United States flag, then enter 877-453-7266
  4. Follow the prompts; the Meeting ID is 5252.
  5. The "pound" key is the same as the "hash" key, #.
  6. Skype can cause reverberation in the meeting, so please keep your audio muted when you are not speaking.


Previous Recordings and Lesson Plans

To review the recording or access attachments of a previous meeting:

  1. Click MeetingPlace.
  2. Enter 5252, and then click the Find Meeting button (not Attend Meeting).
  3. Type in your name, and then click Find Meeting
  4. Under Meeting Search, select Past.
  5. Enter the date (or date range -- such as From: Apr 7, 2011 6:00 AM To: current date), and then click Search.
  6. In the Past Meetings list, for the desired date, click the Meeting ID link (5252).
  7. On the right, under Options, click Attachments/Recordings.
  8. The Web Recording can be played, but not downloaded. It has both audio and video. There are also separate audio recordings (and sometimes document or other attachments) which can be downloaded to your computer by right-clicking the icon or link, and then selecting Save Target As....

Dates Given
1. What is the wiki, setting preferences 18 Aug 2011
2. Wiki community, wiki navigation 25 Aug 2011
3. Rich Text editor, User pages, watching pages 01 Sep 2011
4. Links, sandbox, discussion pages 08 Sep 2011
5. Standard editor & wikitext 15 Sep 2011
6. Table of contents, searching 22 Sep 2011
7. Copying & pasting, part 1 29 Sep 2011
8. Copying & pasting, part 2 06 Oct 2011
9. Images and files 13 Oct 2011
10. Tables & templates, references & citations 14 Jul 2011
11. Namespaces, creating & naming articles 21 Jul 2011
12. Combining & deleting, categorization 28 Jul 2011

Lesson Plans

Listed below are copies of the lesson plans used for the New Wiki Contributors Training meetings. They correspond to the Topics list, above. The information given was accurate at the time of the lesson, but may change slightly as our Wiki grows and matures.

To download a file, right-click the name of the file, and then select either Save target as... (IE) or Save Link As... (Firefox). Select a location on your computer, and then click Save.