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Revision as of 15:27, 12 September 2013

Overall Objectives

The purpose of the Washington Wiki project is to help readers find and use Washington resources to support correct connections in their family tree. We want people to like the Wiki, to use it, and to make it better.

The project will update and simplify these Wiki pages:

Guiding Principles

The project is guided by these principles for both immediate and lasting value to users of and contributors to the Washington wiki pages.

  1. Provide information that quickly guides users to the correct records of their ancestors.
    1. Increase clarity and understanding of records, links, research methods, and what to do with the information found. (Can link them to the Research Process page(s))
    2. Give them enough information to decide whether to follow a link or not.
    3. Create an inviting look that reinforces or enhances the information provided.
    4. Call attention to obscure records (Add stars or a tip).
    5. Promote good sourcing and correct connections for submission to family tree databases, such as FamilySearch Family Tree, Ancestry.com, One Great Family, and others.
2. Help beginners without getting in the way of experts.
3. Encourage and promote a sense of fulfillment for all contributors as they:
  1. Add lasting content that will help many people.
  2. Give ideas of what/how to contribute
  3. Get training to use WikiText (in varying degrees) and to follow patterns
4. Get people with their feet on Washington soil engaged to share their knowledge and perspective and to maintain the Washington wiki pages.


Get Dawne's viewpoints as well. We need her perspective.


Constraints

  • Do not include names, but link to them.


Ideas not yet wordsmithed

  • What can they go to on the wiki or internet for background and records.
Spread the word

If they don't know about it, they won't use it, and these principles don't make any difference. But if we have good content and satisfaction, word of mouth if not more will help. Social media, Yammer, FaceBook, Twitter, Google

  • Some (C:/1 My Default Area/1 Washington Wiki/Social Media Contacts) Washington FHC workers have been found on Yammer

Project Guidelines

During the project, specific tasks will be claimed by team members and other contributors. "Basic training" will be given for those wanting easy tasks. As comfort levels increase, tasks with some increase of difficulty will be available. The most difficult tasks will be by assignment.

Guidelines for adding content to the wiki:

  • Highlight and list important and relevant items. Long lists would bury, rather than highlight, what's important.
  • Tell readers what to expect when they follow a link or search a suggested record.
  • Balance wiki content with these four factors in mind:
a. Genealogical Value. Does this help Wiki users further their research?
b. Clarity. Make sure everyone understands your meaning and the purpose of your words.
c. Brevity. Be succinct as possible without sacrificing purpose or clarity.
d. Documentation. Use footnote(s) to identify the source(s) of the content you are creating.

On the county pages, the purpose of the topics is to help users know how these records can help in their research. This includes:

  • Intro paragraphs: These are "templates" or form paragraphs that explain:
    • Dates of the records: This tells people whether those records existed when their ancestor(s) lived there.
    • Contents of the records: This helps people know if the records have the information they need.
    • Where the original records are stored.
  • Specific records for the topic are mentioned using bullet lists and include:
    • Links to online resources for a county, such as indexes or images of records, tips, and history. Include only links that go directly to results for the county.
    • For a few topics, Links to catalogs such as the Google books, WorldCat, Family History Library Catalog, among others, are appropriate. Again, these go directly to that county—no general links.

For more style and guidelines for the Washington Wiki Project.

Washington Wiki Project Tasks

Tasks ready

  • Identify Family History Centers in (or near) each county. 1) Create a link (if not already there) and click to the Wiki page for each center. Then add contact information and hours, if not already there. 2) On the county page, indicate if they have the FHC Portal. 2a) If none in this county have the Portal, identify the nearest Center (or library) OUT of this county that does have it. See task description
  • Libraries, archives, museums) - 1) Add contact information and links to websites. 2) Include a short summary of (physical) collections that help with genealogy or history. 3) Indicate if they have Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest Online, or other subscriptions sites for genealogy and family history. See task description
  • Are all County Quick Starts centered?

Tasks in planning

  • Add dates to major records table (under the County Overview heading). See task description
  • Scour Washington State Archives for items to post to 1) county pages, 2) WA topic pages, or 3) WA online collections page. See [[ |task description]]
  • Scour Ancestry.com for items to post to 1) county pages or 2) WA topic pages or 3) WA online collections page. See task description
  • FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Washington Tasks-|task description]]
  • FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Washington Tasks-|task description]]
  • Probate and Land Records Tasks: Skills: High genealogical experience, Wikitext to create the "Contents" table for these topics. [Decide with those in Washington and the team if we need to do the following, or will that which was scoured from FamilySearch HRC's, from Ancestry, and from WA state archives and libraries enough?: include what records are available, time period the record covers and how they can be accessed including links to databases, images and references to books and microfilm and information to repositories.
  • Newspapers and Obituaries Task: Pattern somewhat after Utah. Be sure to add Chronicling America to the list.
  • County Histories: list of county histories available with links to online books and references to libraries
  • Cemetery Records Task: (Difficulty level 3. People trained specifically for this task) 1) Link to major cemetery websites that contain cemetery transcriptions for the county; 2) Copy the colored table; 3) Adapt the websites to current county; 4) Check the links
  • Vital Records: include what records are available, time period the record covers and how they can be accessed including links to databases, images and references to books and microfilm and information to repositories.

Tasks requiring image and template expertise

1. Clickable neighboring counties. Joy is in process with this. She may do the difficult image portion and teach others to do the easier "clickable" portion.

Tasks completed

  • Images of the county have been added to the top of each county page by ClaudiaJ64. (Thanks, Sister Heaston)
  • Huge maps have been placed under the Maps heading. Please put those into templates and make them a more viewable size. Done by Wyzer17 Aug 20, 2013.
    • a. Add a caption to the images. Done by Claudiaj64
  • County headings - Make counties consistent. Done by Wyzer17 Aug 20, 2013. (Big job. Thanks, Joy)
  • Cut and paste tasks - topic intro templates. Done by Wyzer17
  • Boundary change links and History timeline prep. Done by Wyzer17 and Gbo17
[See Discussion page for instructions that never made it to an actual project page. 1) Copy the text, 2) use Wikitext when pasting, and 3) change the county name.]
Step 1A. Copy the following immediately below the Boundary Changes heading on each county, then adapt ADAMS to the current county. This link gives a timeline of boundary changes for the county, and will be valuable to users.
[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/WA_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#ADAMS Historical County Boundaries] from Newberry Library<ref>John H. Long, ''Atlas of Historical County Boundaries'' (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) [http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ online].</ref><br><br>
Step 1B. Copy and adapt the same link immediately below the "History Timeline" heading on each county.
Step 2. Copy the following below the link adapted in Step 1B, then adapt the essay #, author and county from History Link for Washington counties. This sets up that section so someone else can actually create the history timeline for that county.
Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. ''Okanogan County -- Thumbnail History'', [http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7608 History Link.org] Essay 7608.

Schedule

Beginning 1st Quarter 2013; Completed Oct 31, 2013

Washington Wiki Project Tasks

Before beginning any tasks please review the Washington Project guidelines.

FIRST TIME WIKI USERS: For instructions on how to edit the wiki use the following:

The following are tasks to be accomplished for the Washington Wiki Project. Each task has step-by-step instructions to accomplish it. SOME TASKS ARE NOT YET COMPLETED. WHEN TASKS ARE LINKED (typed in blue) THEY ARE READY FOR PARTICIPANTS TO WORK ON THEM.


  • Task Difficulty Tasks are rated for difficulty. Within each phase task table look for 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being the least difficult and 3 being the most difficult.

Background and Repositories Tasks

Verify neighboring counties.


County topic list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Standardize County subject headings HillierLW 20:53, 15 April 2013 (UTC); redone by Wyzer17 Aug 2013
3
Verify parent counties.
1
Locate county societies. Add contact information, link, and significant collections.
3
Locate county archives, libraries and museums. Add contact information, link, and significant collections.
3
Locate FamilySearch Centers. Add link.
2



Vital Records Tasks

Washington county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Vital Records Introduction 1
Add Vital Records Subheadings 2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part A. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add Ancestry Vital Records Part B. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add FamilySearch Vital Records. This task will become available when Vital Records Intro and Subheadings tasks are complete.
2
Add Vital Records Other Repositories template 3



Probate and Land Records Tasks

Washington county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Probate Records Introduction Ericcharlesperazzo 01:30, 11 July 2013 (UTC) 1
Add Ancestry Probate Records 2
Add FamilySearch Probate Records. 2
Add Probate Records Other Repositories template. 3
Add Land and Property Records Introduction Jnsouth 01:54, 11 July 2013 (UTC) 1
Add Land and Property Other Repositories template
3
US GenWeb Vital, Land and Probate Links 3



Newspapers and Church Records Tasks

Washington county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add Historical Newspapers Introduction and Headings 2
US GenWeb Church, Tax and Newspaper Records 3
Add newspaper records other repositories template Ericcharlesperazzo 00:55, 24 July 2013 (UTC) 1
Add Church Records Introduction 2
Add FamilySearch church records. 2
Add church records other repositories template.
3



County Histories Tasks

Washington county/topic interest list
Topics
Not all counties have records included in these tasks. Please add the tasks only to the counties listed. Tasks and the list of counties appear when you click on the blue link.
Complete Task Difficulty
Add County Histories Introduction 1
FamilySearch County Histories 3
Ancestry County Histories 3
County Histories found in Google Books and Internet Archive 3



Examples of Washington County Page

Note: The sample county started out as Adams when Marilyn Markham was using the FamilySearch Library missionaries, but became the Okanogan page when the Wiki Content team took over.

Adams County; Okanogan County

Schedule

Style and Guidelines

Style and guidelines for the Washington Wiki Project

Participants

Registration

If you are interested in participating in the Washington Wiki Project, click here to register as an Washington FamilySearch Wiki Project Volunteer. As soon as you are registered, you may begin to add information to any of the tasks typed in blue in the tables above.

Community Meetings

To be determined

Online meetings with focus on Wiki pages for Washington.

  • Share ideas, suggest improvements
  • Get news and progress reports.

Attend from home, at a library, or wherever you have an internet connection and a telephone.

Current Meetings

None are scheduled at this time.