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==== Registering ====
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You will need to register at the Family Search Wiki Site. If you currently have a userid and password for any Family Search product, it will work on the Wiki, and you do not need to re-register.<br>
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From any Wiki page, go to the upper right corner of the page and you will see "sign in"&nbsp;Click on that, and when the screen comes up to sign in, on the bottom there will be a place to register a new account.&nbsp; Create your account and log in.
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== Registering on the wiki&nbsp; ==
  
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You will need to register at the Family Search Wiki Site. If you currently have a userid and password for any FamilySearch product, it will work on the Wiki, and you do not need to re-register.<br>  
  
==== Watching Your Pages ====
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From any Wiki page, go to the upper right corner of the page and you will see "Sign In". Click on that, and when the screen comes up to sign in, there will be a place above the "Sign In" box labeled "Create an Account", click on that and follow the instructions to register a new account.  Create your account and log in.<br>
  
Once registered, the first thing you will need to do is set your county/counties to "watch" status, which will notify you of any changes made to that county Wiki.&nbsp;&nbsp;Once you have logged in and are on the state or county page you have adopted, look on the upper right side of the page on the toolbar with "watch," "share" and "print." Click on "watch" and it will respond telling you that you are now watching that state/county. “Watching” will cause an e-mail to be generated to you any time another user makes an edit to your page showing you what was changed. This makes keeping an eye on the page content much easier.
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== "Watching" wiki pages  ==
  
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Once registered, the first thing you will need to do is set the pages you've adopted to "watch" status, which will notify you of any changes made to those pages. Here's how:
  
==== Registering on The Forums ====
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*Once you have logged in and are on a page you have adopted, look on the upper right side of the page on the toolbar with '''watch''', '''share''' and '''print'''.
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*Click '''watch''' and it will respond telling you that you are now watching that page
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*“Watching” will cause an e-mail to be generated to you any time another user makes an edit to your page showing you what was changed. This makes keeping an eye on the page content much easier.
  
Next, you will want to register on the Forums so you will have access. Forum registration IS separate from Wiki or any other project. The forums are where queries are posted, as well as moderator/adopter/admin discussions are held.&nbsp;On the right hand side of your county page you will see a gray pull down navigation menu with the main titles of “Views,” “Community,” “Toolbox” and “Personal Tools.” Click on the small arrow out to the right of “Community,” opening up the pull down menu. Go down the menu and click on “Forums.”&nbsp; On the forums, under the Welcome section at the top, you will see the blue underlined “register.” Click on this and register. Take a moment to browse the forums and see all that is offered.
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== Learning about policy changes saves rework  ==
  
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Changes occur often on wikis regarding policies, governance, stylistic issues, time-saving templates, and even the roles of adopters and moderators. When such changes occur, it is good to be aware of them early because this saves one from making many page edits using obsolete rules and having to correct them later. <br> <br>
  
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== Creating your user page  ==
  
==== Creating Your User Page ====
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The last thing you need to do to get set up is to create your user page. This will tell users and contributors about you and your organization.
  
The last thing you need to do to get set up is to create your user page.&nbsp; This will tell users and contributors about you and your organization.&nbsp; Using the navigation menu on the right side of the page, expand "Personal Tools" by clicking on the arrow out to the right.&nbsp; The first item you see should be your username.&nbsp; Click on this, and it will take you to your user page.&nbsp; It will say "This page has not been created yet."&nbsp; Do not let that confuse you, just click on "Edit This Page" and begin typing.&nbsp; You might want to create a Personal Section telling a little&nbsp;bit about you and maybe what you are working on personally in your genealogy,&nbsp;as well as a Genealogical section, telling about your organization as well as any other information.&nbsp; You may want to use this area to encourage contributions to your page as well&nbsp;as offer help to users.&nbsp;
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#Using the navigation menu on the right side of the page, expand '''Personal Tools''' by clicking on the arrow out to the right.  
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#The first item you see under '''Personal Tools''' should be your username. Click on this, and it will take you to your user page.  
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#Before you make your first edit to your user page, a message will display there saying "This page has not been created yet." Do not let that confuse you; just click on '''Edit This Page''' and begin typing.
  
<br>Once you have completed these tasks, you are ready to start adding information to your page.
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=== Ideas for your user page  ===
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A user page is a great place to tell a bit about yourself and link to wiki articles and other sites you find helpful. There are no requirements about what user pages must contain -- they exist to help users -- but here are some ideas of what you might add:
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*A Personal Section telling a little bit about you.
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*A section about your personal genealogical projects.
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*Links to pages you moderate.
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*Links to [[Help:Contributor Help|Help pages]] you use often.
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*A section about any genealogical associations with which you are affiliated, and your reponsibilities there.
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*A section that suggests the types of improvements that are still needed on pages within the topic area you oversee. ((This, along with a [[How to Run or Manage a Wiki Project|project]] page is a good way to make a "call to action" that can get others working on your projects!)
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To learn more about user pages, see [[Help:User page|Help:User page]] and [[FamilySearch Wiki:User page|FamilySearch Wiki:User page]]. To see a couple good examples of user pages, see [[User:JensenFA|User:JensenFA]] and [[User:Cottrells|User:Cottrells]].
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== Thanks for adopting!  ==
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Now that you have completed these tasks, you are ready to start adding information to the pages you've adopted.

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Registering on the wiki 

You will need to register at the Family Search Wiki Site. If you currently have a userid and password for any FamilySearch product, it will work on the Wiki, and you do not need to re-register.

From any Wiki page, go to the upper right corner of the page and you will see "Sign In". Click on that, and when the screen comes up to sign in, there will be a place above the "Sign In" box labeled "Create an Account", click on that and follow the instructions to register a new account. Create your account and log in.

"Watching" wiki pages

Once registered, the first thing you will need to do is set the pages you've adopted to "watch" status, which will notify you of any changes made to those pages. Here's how:

  • Once you have logged in and are on a page you have adopted, look on the upper right side of the page on the toolbar with watch, share and print.
  • Click watch and it will respond telling you that you are now watching that page
  • “Watching” will cause an e-mail to be generated to you any time another user makes an edit to your page showing you what was changed. This makes keeping an eye on the page content much easier.

Learning about policy changes saves rework

Changes occur often on wikis regarding policies, governance, stylistic issues, time-saving templates, and even the roles of adopters and moderators. When such changes occur, it is good to be aware of them early because this saves one from making many page edits using obsolete rules and having to correct them later.

Creating your user page

The last thing you need to do to get set up is to create your user page. This will tell users and contributors about you and your organization.

  1. Using the navigation menu on the right side of the page, expand Personal Tools by clicking on the arrow out to the right.
  2. The first item you see under Personal Tools should be your username. Click on this, and it will take you to your user page.
  3. Before you make your first edit to your user page, a message will display there saying "This page has not been created yet." Do not let that confuse you; just click on Edit This Page and begin typing.

Ideas for your user page

A user page is a great place to tell a bit about yourself and link to wiki articles and other sites you find helpful. There are no requirements about what user pages must contain -- they exist to help users -- but here are some ideas of what you might add:

  • A Personal Section telling a little bit about you.
  • A section about your personal genealogical projects.
  • Links to pages you moderate.
  • Links to Help pages you use often.
  • A section about any genealogical associations with which you are affiliated, and your reponsibilities there.
  • A section that suggests the types of improvements that are still needed on pages within the topic area you oversee. ((This, along with a project page is a good way to make a "call to action" that can get others working on your projects!)

To learn more about user pages, see Help:User page and FamilySearch Wiki:User page. To see a couple good examples of user pages, see User:JensenFA and User:Cottrells.

Thanks for adopting!

Now that you have completed these tasks, you are ready to start adding information to the pages you've adopted.