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The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.
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The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.  
  
== Success Stories ==
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== Success Stories ==
# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#Wiki_to_the_rescue|Carlisle Indian School Records]]
 
# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#.22Let.27s_give_it_a_test.22|Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps]]
 
# [[FamilySearch_Wiki:Success_Stories#Wiki_Links_to_FamilySearch_Record_Search|Using the Record Search records Wiki articles]]
 
# [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?t=2103 Using the Wiki with the Forums to get help]
 
  
== Keys to Success ==
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#Wiki_to_the_rescue|Carlisle Indian School Records]]
=== Key One: Try it! ===
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#.22Let.27s_give_it_a_test.22|Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps]]
In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.
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#[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories#Wiki_Links_to_FamilySearch_Historical_Records|Using the Historical Records Wiki articles]]
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#Video:[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the Wiki: A Case Study]
  
=== Key Two: Use different ways to search and browse  ===
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== Keys to Success  ==
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=== '''Key One:''' Try it!  ===
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In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.
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=== '''Key Two:''' Use different ways to search and browse  ===
  
 
#Keyword searches  
 
#Keyword searches  
 
#[[Browse by Country|Browse by country]]  
 
#[[Browse by Country|Browse by country]]  
#[[:Category:Contents|Browse by topic]]
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#[[:Category:Contents|Browse by topic]]  
 
#Navigational boxes  
 
#Navigational boxes  
 
#Categories  
 
#Categories  
 
#Clickable maps  
 
#Clickable maps  
#Disambiguation pages
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#Disambiguation pages  
 
#"What links here" on every page
 
#"What links here" on every page
  
=== '''Key Three:''' Understand 25+ best features  ===
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=== '''Key Three:''' Understand 15+ best features  ===
  
 
#Research Content  
 
#Research Content  
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#*Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them  
 
#*Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them  
 
#*Research strategies for births, deaths, and marriages based upon time and locality from the 1500s to the present  
 
#*Research strategies for births, deaths, and marriages based upon time and locality from the 1500s to the present  
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#*Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves
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#*Research tools
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#*Articles that teach you how to locate records
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#*Tons of images to help learn about records and places
 
#Answers to common research questions, for example see:  
 
#Answers to common research questions, for example see:  
 
#*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]  
 
#*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]  
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#*The Historical Records Wiki page links to the database so you can immediately conduct a search  
 
#*The Historical Records Wiki page links to the database so you can immediately conduct a search  
 
#*Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article  
 
#*Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article  
#FamilySearch Indexing articles in the Wiki
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#An Opportunity to Share
#The [https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help FamilySearch Help] link at the top of every screen
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#*Share what you know
#*[https://help.familysearch.org/help/self-help Type a question or use the advanced search] to find answers to your wiki questions
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#*No publication delays
#*Self-help includes the option to [https://help.familysearch.org/help/contact call or send a message] to get individual help, plus
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#*Preserve your knowledge
#*Community Assistance through the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/index.php Forums]
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#Your Own Page
#*Local Assistance through [https://help.familysearch.org/help/localAssistance Family history Consultants and FamilySearch Centers]
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#*Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community
#*Browse the wiki help articles in the FamilySearch help documents
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#*User your User Page-Talk page to communicate with wiki community members
#*Use the Wiki help and how-to pages
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#*Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you
#The [[Community Center]]
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#Talk Pages
#Live [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|community meetings]]
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#*Use the Talk page to share your ideas about improving an article
#*Listen to the meetings live or the recording. Choose MP3, MediaPlay, QuickTime, or Webinar type recording.
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#*Use the Talk page to talk to a specific user in the wiki
#*Meetings are held for new wiki users, genealogists helping other genealogists, contributors, and technical users.
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#Viewing a List of Contributions
#The opportunity to share what you know.
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#*View your own list of contributions
#No publication delays.
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#*Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes  
#Research tools.
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#*Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”  
#Articles that teach you how to locate records.
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#Every Page has a History
#Tons of images to help learn about records and places.
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#*See a history of all the edits made for any article  
#New research topics and articles never seen before.
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#*See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved
#Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them.
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#Wiki System Preferences
#Share what you know and preserve your knowledge.
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#*Change your preferences.  
#Your own “user page” to user for various purposes.
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#The Watch List
#Collaboration through talk pages.
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#*Be notified when new content articles are updated.  
#Collaboration through internal e-mail functionality.
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#*Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.  
#Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes.
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#*Manage your watchlist  
#Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves
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#WikiProjects You Can Join
#Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”  
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#*Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content
#See a history of all the edits made for any article, including the ability to see exactly what the page previously looked like.
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#*Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders
#Change your preferences.  
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#*Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject
#Be notified when new content articles are updated.  
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#*Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn
#Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.  
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#Featured Content
#Manage your watchlist
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#*Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best
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#*Submit an article for Featured Article status
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#*Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status
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#Disambiguation Pages
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#*There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of [[:Category:Ambiguous place names|Ambiguous place name pages]] in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!
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#*For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the [[:Category:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation category page]]
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#The Navigational Boxes
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#*There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.
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#*Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing
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#*Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places
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#The "What links here" feature
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#*If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.
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Revision as of 03:27, 30 June 2014

The “Keys to Success” in using the FamilySearch Research Wiki are based in part on some of the common aspects found in four different success stories. In addition, your success in using the Research Wiki to help with your genealogical research will be enhanced by your understanding of some of the best key features in the Wiki.

Success Stories

  1. Carlisle Indian School Records
  2. Finding Pennsylvania Ward Maps
  3. Using the Historical Records Wiki articles
  4. Video:Researching in the Wiki: A Case Study

Keys to Success

Key One: Try it!

In every success story example, the Wiki was not the first choice to search for research help. But in every success story example, the user came away with the realization that the FamilySearch Research Wiki is a valuable tool and in many cases, the answers to research questions are already there.

Key Two: Use different ways to search and browse

  1. Keyword searches
  2. Browse by country
  3. Browse by topic
  4. Navigational boxes
  5. Categories
  6. Clickable maps
  7. Disambiguation pages
  8. "What links here" on every page

Key Three: Understand 15+ best features

  1. Research Content
    • FamilySearch publications were added to the Wiki and updated!
    • New research topics and articles never seen before
    • Links to online databases and descriptions of how to use them
    • Research strategies for births, deaths, and marriages based upon time and locality from the 1500s to the present
    • Use the content as a venue to teach others how to help themselves
    • Research tools
    • Articles that teach you how to locate records
    • Tons of images to help learn about records and places
  2. Answers to common research questions, for example see:
  3. FamilySearch Historical Records content
    • The Historical Records page links to the usage description page in the Wiki
    • The Historical Records Wiki page links to the database so you can immediately conduct a search
    • Anyone can add additional insight into using each of the Historical Records databases by adding what you know to the wiki article
  4. An Opportunity to Share
    • Share what you know
    • No publication delays
    • Preserve your knowledge
  5. Your Own Page
    • Use your “user page” to introduce yourself to the wiki community
    • User your User Page-Talk page to communicate with wiki community members
    • Add a User Box to your page to help share details about the things that interest you
  6. Talk Pages
    • Use the Talk page to share your ideas about improving an article
    • Use the Talk page to talk to a specific user in the wiki
  7. Viewing a List of Contributions
    • View your own list of contributions
    • Keep track of your contributions for credentialing purposes
    • Learn from a specific author in the Wiki by viewing their “user contributions”
  8. Every Page has a History
    • See a history of all the edits made for any article
    • See exactly what the page looked like on any given day it was saved
  9. Wiki System Preferences
    • Change your preferences.
  10. The Watch List
    • Be notified when new content articles are updated.
    • Be notified when someone improves what you contributed.
    • Manage your watchlist
  11. WikiProjects You Can Join
    • Participate in a WikiProject to help grow and improve the content
    • Choose from a list of tasks identified by the WikiProject leaders
    • Get the help you need from those involved in the WikiProject
    • Create your own WikiProject to share what you know and to help others learn
  12. Featured Content
    • Review the Featured Articles and learn from the best-of-the-best
    • Submit an article for Featured Article status
    • Add a new article or improve upon an existing article to help it achieve the Featured Article status
  13. Disambiguation Pages
    • There is often more than one place for a specific locality name. The list of Ambiguous place name pages in the wiki gives you a glimpse of how many locality names might be confusing in your research. Each of these Disambiguation pages will help you sort through the options and hopefully find the right locality!
    • For non-place-name disambiguation pages, see the Disambiguation category page
  14. The Navigational Boxes
    • There are a lot of different types of navigation boxes.
    • Each navigation box will help you navigate to other pages that relate to the topic you are viewing
    • Each navigation box will help expand your knowledge about related topics and places
  15. The "What links here" feature
    • If the article you are viewing does not have the information you are looking for, choose the option to see a list of other pages in the wiki that link to the page you are viewing. Perhaps the other articles have exactly what you are looking for.

Learn more about ...

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Wiki tools for research
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Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
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Getting Started in the Wiki
Thumb Man Researching.png
Family History for Beginners