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LAFHL menu template is not working, only text and position tags
Jane, I just sent you an email on this, but thought I'd put it in your Mentor Talk box too.

I edited the menu template to widen it and make it taller. Edit worked fine. Subsequent work on a linked page to edit up the body text to be just under the Menu template and ... seemed to be fine, but later check on preview, the menu location and substance had changed to tag info for font, positioning, with the beginning of the template down in the body text section, but only the beginning. I thought I'd get it back with a history undo, but that didn't help. Can you check for me and then if fixable tell me how, or what you did if you fix it? Thanks, date is 1 Dec 2011 at 5:21. I don't have rights to this computer's time/date functions so can't tell if its me or FamilySearch time that is recorded below.

Warren 01:22, 2 December 2011 (UTC)
Hey, what gives?  I just went back searching for something on our wiki page and ALL the template menus are up again.

Warren 01:33, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Search string brings up my Sandbox pages

Jane, any idea how to stop searches for "lafhl" from finding my Warren's Sandbox 3 or 5 when Los Angeles Family History Library users open FamilySearch, go to the Research Wiki link and type in LAFHL or lafhl?

Warren 22:43, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Warren, I did several searches and didn't bring any of your sandbox pages up. Last year the engineers removed sandboxes from regular searches, so they should not be coming up, so I'm not sure how it is happening. If you are through working on those pages, you can mark them for deletion and I will be watching for them and get them deleted as soon as possible (you can then re-create a Sandbox 3 or Sandbox 5). The way to do this is to go in to edit your page, change to Wikitext mode and place the following at the top of the page ...

{{Delete|xxxxxxx}} Replace xxxxxxx with the reason you would like the page deleted. You might say {{Delete|no longer needed}} Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Jane evancol 04:06, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

How widen display below the Wiki blurb on right side of screen?

Jane, I have a spreadsheet I copied to my warrendaniel Sandbox 5.  It stops way short of the right side of screen, apparantly because of the Wiki menu that is on the top right of pages.  How can I get it to use the space below the Wiki menu?

Warren 00:27, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

Warren, I don't see a spreadsheet on Sandbox 5. Did you remove it ? If you want to put it back on and let me take a look, I would be happy to. Also, if you have some things you want to walk through, I can get us a Meeting Place room and I can help you get them taken care of. Jane evancol 04:10, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

Jane,  yeah, I don't see it there either.  Perhaps I only previewed and did not save it.  I'll redo it and have you look at it again.  Thanks,

Warren 17:31, 21 November 2011 (UTC)


1- What is the Start a new talk topic box for at the top of your Talk page, this page?  Does it fill in above the last Talk item instead of clicking the edit option and doing what I'm doing.

2- Possible problem on our main site screen maintenance by other people not associated with our Library.  I'll either talk with you on training Thursday or by email when I find it.

3- I hope this is what Talk is for and how it's done.  Happily, if this is not how I talk with you, you can delete it.  Cool!

Warren 17:45, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

 WikiProject Illinois

Hi Jane --

Here's the link to the WikiProject Illinois. We'll have to get one going for Louisiana too. Murphynw 23:52, 1 March 2011 (UTC)


Hello Evancol!

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Again, welcome! Kara 00:07, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Page adopters

Hi Jane, Just letting you know that I have added a Userbox to your User page as an example of a new feature that I have built in to the adoption templates, whereby if added to a user page a userbox will be displayed. If you would rather not have this userbox on your page, then please go ahead and remove it. --Steve 12:40, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Getting Started pages project

Thanks for volunteering to help with the Getting Started pages project! I have been working on the Help:Tour page and was wondering if you could come share your thoughts - what concepts are needed for a "Tour" of the wiki?  Here is a Sandbox page with the general idea. Feel free to add your own edits/thoughts. 

Also, thanks for the changes to the Edit and Contribute page. I moved things back over into a 2-column format. But...the formatting might make it harder to edit. Thoughts? Also, was thinking that those little edit boxes all over the page are a little annoying and maybe we should turn those into bold text instead of headings. Thoughts? Anyway, the page needs more but I am very happy with it so far!

Community Center is next..... --janellv 23:51, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Help/Wiki Forum badges

Hi Jane, I noticed that you have done a lot of work adding the {{Contributor Help badge}} to the help pages. I understand the reason behind it, to increase awareness of the forums as a place to ask questions, but I think there might be a better solution. The badge template was created so that it could be placed within an article with text wrapping to the left or right. Your recent edits have placed the template at the top of articles and this creates a lot of white space. As an alternative I have created a new header article template {{Help article}} which I think is better suited for this purpose. I have added it to the article Help:Images as an example of how it look. I can use the find/replace function to build on the work you have already done to swap the badges for this new template. Before I do that, I wanted to solicit your feedback on the new template, is there anything that you would change about it? Thanks --Steve 08:44, 22 April 2011 (UTC)


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Hello, thank you so much for your help!!  I'm all set up now. Still reading instructions too.

Have a nice day.

--Utahnancy 18:50, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Info boxes

Hi Jane

Yes, I would love to help with info boxes, let me know what to do and what template to use.


--Utahnancy 18:10, 29 July 2011 (UTC)  Nancy

Thanks from the Wiki:

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is delighted to let you know that the “Anderson County Kentucky” page you helped create was a Featured Article, highlighted on the Main Page of the Wiki 8/12/11, and remained there for seven days. Thank you for your excellent work to help others quickly access records. Your contributions are appreciated and have assisted others in finding their ancestors.
You have made a difference in research!

Stub Removal

Hi Evancol

We at the FamilySearch Wiki would like to use this article,Ascension Parish, Louisiana, for a featured article on the Main Page of the Wiki. However, the word "stub" appears at the very top of the page. If you feel there is enough content to give researchers a good place to work from - we need YOU to remove the word "stub" from the article before we can feature it.
Thank you for your consideration.

Bo Gbo17 17:56, 26 September 2011 (UTC)

Stub Removal

Hello Evancol

Just the other day I sent you a note to remove the word "stub" from another Parish site.   am now asking you to do the same thing with the Caldwell Parish site and any other Parish sites where you have been at least one of the main contributors.  Thank you for all you have done and hopefully, continue to do.

Bo Gbo17 17:18, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Changing a page name?

Jane, while I was editing our "Basic Three-day Intensive Family History/Genealogy Training Course new", I noticed the 'new' at the end.  It was saved as part of the page name.  I want to delete it.

I suspect from class that it means renaming it without the 'new' and saving.  Then a redirect needs to be made, but I am not sure if needs redirect, nor how.  Can you help me?

Warren 22:01, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

Warren, you are exactly correct, it needs renaming.  The redirect will follow it.  I :will check to see if you have already attempted this.   Jane evancol 21:35, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Your Webpage

Jane, your webpage is beautiful. It is a treat to see a page so well organized, inticing with pictures, and lovely colors. It invites people in and to stay a while. And, I love the name "Hidden Ancestors".

 Did you create it with "The Next Generation" software? And who is your host? I'm looking for one that is a good price. Carol B. Moss 18:50, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi Carol ..  welcome to the Wiki.  Thank you so much for your kind words.  We have a lot of the site down right now updating links and giving it a bit of a facelift.  We use Active Web Hosting (same as TXGenWeb), and have been with them several years.  They are very reasonable, and give price breaks based on how long you sign up for.  Also, they just never go down, or if they do, I'm asleep and never know !!!   Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.  Jane evancol 19:12, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

 Contributor Help


I notice that you have moved "Edit and Contribute" to "Contributor Help."  Why did you you that?  Will I have to change all the foreign wikis to match?

Hope you have a great Christmas.

Charles Smith

It is a move we have planned for awhile (posted in the forums quite awhile back). We wanted to change it to bring it in line with the wording on the nav bar and the forums.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas as well.

Jane I will change that in the foreign wiki as well, then. Charles........

Thanks, Jane!

Thanks for aligning the infobox and the contents! It looks so much better. I look forward to all suggestions everyone has. Will you mind posting yours? I believe there is something important that we need to understand in your reasons for not liking the table. Something we may not have a handle on right now, but if we work through the ideas together, something useful will emerge. Thanks for ALL you DO, Jane. You are truly amazing. AdkinsWH 21:29, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Relinking pictures


My director wants to hyperlink images on our San Diego California Large Multi-stake Family History Center wiki page.  Is it possible to hyperlink over a wiki image to allow the proper link?  Please see the images on the SDCFHC page that asks like a page index.  Please advise.  Jrcrin001 21:09, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

We can hyperlink them.  I will need to make each picture into a template in order to do it.  Is it the 9 pictures on the front page that we put up ?   evancol 21:28, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes. Those are the pictures they want hyperlinked to the text below the image.  You are the best! Jrcrin001 06:48, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

See my note to you on your user page.  evancol 19:20, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks Jane!


Thank you again for all your hard work. At this time the Directors are focused on the 1940 Census stuff. And nothing new is needed, until they decide otherwise!

My condolences about your mother.  My mother-in-law is having a rough time right now at 93.  My mother passed away in 1990.  I know I will see her when it is my time to pass on.  Time dulls the ache, but it never goes away. 

God Bless!  JRC Jrcrin001 22:46, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Documenting images - Attribution

Hi Jane,

I noticed that you've recently uploaded some images (Ogden_fhc_119.bmp, Ogden_fhc_120.bmp, Ogden_fhc_121.bmp etc.) stating that the copyright holder has released them into the public domain, which is great. However no details of who the copyright holder is has been given. It's important that this information is listed so that it can be verified if needed (see FamilySearch Wiki:Image use#Copyright_and_Ownership). --Steve (talk| contribs) 15:26, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello Jane... I think I have it right this time.