FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Wiki

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Beginning Contributors are needed

Building the Wiki could be compared to a barn raising.
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A barn raising is accomplished with volunteers of all expertise levels -- from total beginners to master craftsmen. 

Like a physical barn raising, a wiki barn raising needs a variety of people. While it requires experts who can design the information architecture, the look and feel of the content section, the elements of a good article, and the way in which the various pages will interlink, it also needs folks who can do research for good record sources, find information already on the Internet regarding a topic, correct spelling mistakes and grammar, add headings to articles, transfer information from other sources to the wiki, and many other tasks. Whatever your expertise level, there's a place for you in a wiki barn raising.

What tasks could a beginning contributor do?

Start simple

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  • Look at pages in the Wiki that could use some TLC, such as Stubs.  There might be a section in a Stub article that you could enhance by adding content, or even just spell-checking.
  • Are you interested in a specific locality?  Could you use your expertise to add content to pages in that locality that are in a specific section of the article, such as cemeteries?
  • Another possibility would be to watch genealogy blogs for press or news releases that could be added to the Wiki, if they're not time sensitive.

 County pages.

Is there something specific that is missing from several of them?

  • Examples:
  • Suppose several County pages are missing information about local libraries.  Could you use an internet site, such as to locate the libraries for each county and add the link to the page?
  •  Add links to the Family History Center pages, if they're missing.
  • How about looking for county histories on Googlebooks or Internet Archives and then adding them to the County pages?


  • There are several on-going projects in the Wiki.  There will be information for areas where help is needed.  Many of the tasks would be good for a beginner.


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  • Help is available as you determine a task that you would like to do:

What help could a beginner give to Support the Wiki?

If you're not ready to contribute yet, there are many tasks that need to be done on an on-going basis to keep the Wiki up-to-date, clean, and accurate.  You might want to venture into some of the Support tasks, or work on one of the committees.  
  • For instance, Maintaining the Help Content insures that the Help content is a valuable asset to anyone who uses the Wiki.  
  • Maintenance and Patrolling is necessary to keep links working correctly, ascertain whether articles are in the Scope of the Wiki, make sure that questions get answered on the Discussion pages, etc.
  • Perhaps, you would prefer to work with people.  The Wiki Contributor Support Committee might be just the thing for you.
  • The Wiki Welcoming Committee might be your niche.  Volunteers are always needed to help newcomers feel welcome and give them some helpful beginning information.


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     Help is available for any of these Support opportunities, as listed on the pages.
  • Wiki Support meetings are a great way to communicate with others and get a better understanding of what's needed, and how to help.
  • Mentoring is available for one-on-one help.