Help:Updating a Family History Center page

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To fill out information about FHC

  1. Click on Edit the page at the top.
  2. Delete the information in italics and add your own information. Remove the italics by selecting the text, then clicking on the "I" in the toolbar above.
  3. Remove the headings that you will not be using. This will help your page look complete. You may however want to add it back in again in the future. To see what was there before, you can click on the "History" tab at the top and click on a date to view what the page looked like at that point in time.

Important reference links

The Community section of links on the right side of the screen has links to the most important reference links to help you as you work on your page. You will especially want to be aware of:
  1. Contributor Help - pages in the wiki to teach you how to do different things such as linking to other pages, adding images, etc.
  2. Contributor Help Forum - to ask questions about how to do things
  3. Contributor's Corner Forum - to discuss different aspects of working in the wiki
  4. Community Center - to see what others are doing on the Wiki

Placing Images

To place the image of your FHC do the following:

  1. Take a photograph and get approval of the image. See Images for the process of getting approval of photographs.
  2. Add your image under the introduction statement by typing in the following code in Wikitext: . This should place the image to the right of the Contents box.

Bullets, numbered lists and indents

These pages were created with the idea of having "section headings" with information about each topic under that section heading. Some of the information was formatted with bullets underneath already. However, some were not; to add information underneath a heading, put your cursor on the end of the row and hit enter.  Then, if you want to have bullets, numbered sentences or indented sentences, you can use the number/bullet options in the toolbar above, or click on Wikitext and use the following code:

  1. Bullets. Type a * at the beginning of a line.
  2. Numbered lists.. Type a # at the beginning of a line.
  3. Indented sentences. Type a : at the beginning of a line. if you want to indent two times, type ::. You can also type : in front of * or # to indent bullets or numbered lists.
  4. Useful Wiki Code. For other useful wiki codes to spice up your FHC page see Help:Formatting

Remove "Stub template"

The note at the top of the page that says that this page is a "stub" means that it's a page with very minimal information that needs to be filled out. Once you have filled out the basic information about your center such as location and hours and any other information that will be useful to the reader, you can remove the "stub template". You don't have to have the page completely filled out to do so.

  1. To remove the stub template: Click on the Edit link at the top of the page.
  2. Click on Wikitext in the editing toolbar.
  3. Find {{FHC-stub}} and delete it.
  4. Save the page. Add to the Summary box "deleted stub template."

How to install Google Map link to the FHC page

  1. Click on the Google link on your page on #3 under the Location & Map section.
  2. Click on “Maps” link at top of Google page.
  3. Type in address of FHC in Search box and click “Search Maps” button.
  4. Click on “Link” at the top of the map to the FHC.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Click on “Paste link in email or IM”.
  6. With a right click of the mouse, choose “Copy” from the drop down menu.
  7. Sign in to FamilySearch Wiki if you have not done it already.
  8. Click on the “Edit This Page” next to the name of the Family History Center.
  9. Click on “Wikitext” on the tool bar above edit box.
  10. Near the top of the edit box you will see the link "[ Google].”
  11. Select the link between the [ ]’s and paste the link to the map for your FHC from Google. The new link will be a long string of characters.
  12. At the end of the copied link, insert a space and type in the name of your FHC.
  13. It should look something like the example below: [,+Chehalis,+Washington&aq=&sll=37.09024,-95.712891&sspn=49.757664,60.732422&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2195+Jackson+Hwy,+Chehalis,+Washington+98532&z=16 Centralia Washington Family History Center].
  14. Click “Show preview” bottom at the bottom of the page and if it looks ok, then type in “Inserted Google map” in "Summary" box and click on “Save page.”
  15. Click link on saved page to make sure the Google map appears when you click on the newly created Google map link. You are done.

Additional guidelines:

  • Important: LDS doctrinal information does not belong on the pages of this Wiki. The wiki audience is world-wide, to individuals of many faiths, who love genealogy for the sake of genealogy work and is not a place to put information about LDS doctrine. This includes PowerPoint presentations and other documents that may include doctrinal information in them.  See the Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics for more information.
  • Wiki Trainer: You are encouraged to assign an individual to be a Wiki Trainer (currently, this is a Pilot program). This Wiki Trainer could have the responsibility to create and edit the center's Wiki page, and then go on to train others who volunteer in the center how to use the Wiki to help others, and how to contribute to the Wiki. It would be helpful for a Wiki Trainer to be:
  • Comfortable with computers and technology  (a background in building websites and even involvement with Wikis in the past is a plus, but not necessary, since this can be learned)
  • Willing to train others
  • More about selecting a Wiki Trainer...
  • Optional information: The wiki pages were created with a number of sections already there. These are not required to include on every page, and there may be other sections that you feel are important for your center to have. You can delete the ones that aren't needed. Do a search for "Family History Center" to see examples of what other centers are doing in the Wiki.
  • Help your center be found: Add links to your center page from other pages that might relate to your center such as the city and county locality pages in the Wiki.
  • Long page? If you have a lot of information about your center to add to this page, you may want to break your out into multiple pages. When you do so, you will want to create additional pages as "sub-pages." These pages begin with the same name of the main page, then include a "/", then the name of the sub-page.
For example, to create a sub-page for "Center Contacts and Hours" you would create a new page in the Wiki titled "Blue Springs Missouri Family History Center/Center Contacts and Hours". Although that is a long title, it gives the benefit of grouping the different pages together in the search results, and if you ever need to change the name of the main page, the sub-pages would also change.
  • Multiple page interlinking: If you create multiple pages for your site, you can create a "table of contents" that will include links to all of the pages. It will then be included on each page. See the Logan Utah Family History Center page for an example.