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Instructions for creating a page for your center in the Wiki

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    First, check to see if your FHC has already been createdin FamilySearch Wiki by typing in the name in the search box and clicking the search button. It may have already been created for you. If it has been created, check the tabs above to learn how to add information about your FHC to the page. If not, go to the next step.

  2. How to create a page for your FHC page.
    1. In the Search box, type in the name of your FHC using the format of town, state, and the words "Family History Center." For example "San Francisco California Family History Center." Use no commas between the name of the town and state.
    2. Click the search button.
    3. Under the Search Results heading, and above all the search results, you'll see this title you just type to be in red type.
    4. Click on the red title in red and it will take you to the page that you will edit to create your FHC page.
    5. Click on Wikitext in the editing toolbar.
    6. Type in the editing box {{subst:FHC page outline}}.
    7. Save the page. Add to the summary box "new page".
    8. One more step is required. You need to assign your FHC to a Category.
      1. This is done by going back to the Wikitext edit box.
      2. At the top you'll see "{{FHC-stub}}{{FHCpage|location=}}."
      3. After the "=" after the word "location," type in the state or country your FHC is in. That will assign your FHC to the correct category.
      4. Save the page.

  3. To fill out information about FHC.
    1. Click on Edit the page at the top.
    2. Fill out the page by typing over the the information in italics.
    3. Leave headings. It is recommend that you leave the main headings in place even if you have no information to put under them. You may have these additional services someday or you can use them as a source of services you might think about adding to your center in the future.

  1. Bullets, numbered lists and indents. If you want to have bullets, numbered sentences or indented sentences, use the following code while in the Wikitext editing box:
    1. Bullets. Type a * in front of the sentence.
    2. Numbered lists.. Type a # in front of the sentence.
    3. Indented sentences. Type a : in front of the sentence. 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:Wikitext

  1. Remove "Stub" template. 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, it would be a good time to 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."

  2. How to install Google Map link to the FHC page:
  1. Click on the Google link on #3 under Location & Map.
  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 "[http://maps.google.com 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: [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1.%092195+Jackson+Highway,+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.

  1. 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. Wiki Forum Contributor's Corner - to talk with others who are doing what you are doing
    3. Community Center - to see what others are doing on the Wiki

Additional items of importance:

  • 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. 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: You can also create a table that will link the main page and all of the sub-pages together so that visitors on any page will have links to all the other pages as well.  See .... for an example. (An example hasn't yet been created; one will be included here when done.)