Map/Society Page Project - How to Create a Society Page

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How to Create a Society Page

Follow these steps:

Step One - Invite your Society to Participate

  • Decide who from your society will enter information on your society Wiki page.
  • Editing on the Wiki is similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing programs.
  • There are written instructions and online videos to help guide a beginner through the process of editing on the Wiki.

Step Two - Create a FamilySearch User Account

  • If you are the appointed society representative to add information to the Wiki society page, you must create a FamilySearch user account. This will be a personal account and not a society account.
  • Instructions on how to Create FamilySearch account. To print the instructions on the webpage, click on the printer icon at the top of the page.
  • You may already have a FamilySearch user account if you have indexed on FamilySearch or signed in to view some images on FamilySearch Historical Records. If so, you do not need to create a new account.

Step Three - Log into the Wiki

NOTE: If you have just created an account, you should already be logged in and your name should appear in the top right of the screen and you can skip to Step Four. If your name does not appear, follow the instructions below:

  • Log into the Wiki by going to wiki.familysearch.org and clicking, "Sign in" at the top right of the screen.
  • Type in your user name and password and press enter.
  • When you have successfully logged in, your name should appear in the top right of the screen.

Step Four - Create Your Society Page

  • To create your Society's wiki page, type in the full name of your society in the search field in the top right corner of the screen. NOTE: if your society's name may be confused with another society in a different state or country, add in parenthesis the state or country. This will help the user know the locality your society covers. For example: Warren County Genealogical Society (Ohio)
  • After you press enter, a list of wiki page results were appear.
  • BLUE LINK: If you see your society's name listed with a blue link, a page has already been created. Click on that link and you can view the page and edit as you need to. You are done with the process and do not need to create a society page.
  • RED LINK: If you see your society's name listed with a blue link, this indicates you need to create a new page. Click on the red link and a new page will appear. Continue with the instructions below:
  • You should now see the wiki edit screen directly below the tan box. In the top left corner of wiki edit screen, click on the button, "wikitext."
  • Copy and paste the following phrase in the wiki edit screen:
{{subst:Societies}}
  • Once you have pasted the phrase onto the page, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the "summary" field (above the "Save page" button). Copy and paste in the field,
"Creating society page."
  • Now save the page by clicking on the "Save page" button.

Step Five - Collect Information about Your Society

  • Use the Society Page and Infobox Form to determine what you would like to add on your society page.
  • Skip any sections that do not apply to your society.
  • NOTE: The society page structure may change throughout the pilot project. Updates and information will be given to societies who participate.


Step Six - Add Info to Your Society Page

  • Once you are logged in, locate your society page by typing your society name in the search box. Example: The Brickwall Genealogical Society.
  • Review the results list and click on your society page.
  • Instructions on how to add information to the society Info box and the society Wiki page are below:


Where To Get Help During the Process