FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Wiki

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Volunteers - Help Us Build the Wiki[edit | edit source]

Like a barn raising, the Research Wiki can only be built by an involved community. Communities naturally include individuals with different levels of expertise. Share what you know!

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Help us by:

  • Expanding existing articles
  • Creating new articles
  • Adding sources
  • Linking to other online resources
  • Correcting grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Combining duplicate articles.

Whatever your level of expertise, the wiki needs you! Come join the wiki barn raising team.

Get Started[edit | edit source]

See the topics below for ideas about how you can help on the wiki. Volunteers should also contact the Moderator for the State, Country and Possessions of interest for suggestions and help for contributions associated for that location.

Do you need help getting started editing? Click here.

General Help Needed On The Wiki[edit | edit source]

In addition to State and Country Projects, the items below involve work that a volunteer can do with minimal training:

In addition to these projects, additional projects that volunteers can easily do are listed below:

Help Wanted by Location[edit | edit source]

Help Wanted - United States[edit | edit source]

Want to help on a specific U.S. State? Click on a state on the map below to go to its Help Wanted Article. State Moderators have a variety tasks needing your assistance.

AlabamaAlaskaArkansasCaliforniaArizonaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingWashington D.C.USimagemap.jpg

Help Wanted - Worldwide[edit | edit source]

CanadaUnited StatesMexicoRussiaAustraliaNew ZealandEnglandScotlandIrelandNorwaySwedenFinlandJapanChinaNorth KoreaSouth KoreaGreenlandIndiaMongoliaBrazilChileArgentinaUruguayParaguayBoliviaPeruEcudorColombiaVenezuelaGuyanaSurinameFrench GuianaCubaPuerto RicoPanamaCosta RicaHondurasEl SalvadorGuatemalaBelizeHaitiDominican RepublicCaribbean IslandsThe BahamasSouth AfricaLesothoSwazilandMadagascarMozambiqueZimbabweBotswanaNamibiaMalawiZambiaAngolaTanzaniaBurundiRwandaUgandaKenyaDemocratic Republic of the CongoCongoGabonEquatorial GuineaCameroonCentral African RepublicEgyptSudanSomaliaEthiopiaDjiboutiEritreaLibyaChadNigeriaNigerBeninTogoGhanaCote d'IvoireLiberiaSierra LeoneGuineaGambia Guinea-BissauBurkina FasoMaliSenegalMauritaniaWestern SaharaMoroccoAlgeriaTunisiaIcelandYemenOmanUnited Arab EmiratesBahrainSaudi ArabiaKuwaitIraqIsraelJordanSyriaLebanonIranTurkeyGreeceBulgariaMacedoniaAlbaniaRomaniaMoldovaSerbiaMontenegroCroatiaSloveniaHungaryAustriaSwitzerlandItalySpainPortugalFranceBelgiumNetherlandsGermanyDenmarkPolandCzech RepublicUkraineBelarusLithuaniaLatviaEstoniaKazakhstanUzbekistanTurkmenistanKyrgyzstanTajikistanAfghanistanPakistanBangladeshNepalBhutanMeghalaya Assam Nagaland ManipurMyanmarThailandLaos CambodiaVietnamPhilippinesMalaysiaBruneiIndonesiaPapua New GuineaPacific IslandsWorld Map 640px.png

Regions[edit | edit source]

Help Wanted by Region
North America Europe Africa Asia
South America Middle East Australia / Pacific

"How To" Reference Articles[edit | edit source]

Even More Opportunities for Beginners[edit | edit source]

Lego at Work

Start Simple[edit | edit source]

  • See the Volunteer Opportunities list below
    (the listing can be sorted by "ease" of activity)
  • Stubs
  • Short Pages
  • Find pages that could use some TLC, such as Stubs, or Short Pages. There might be a section in these articles that you could enhance by adding content, or spell-checking.
  • Are you interested in a specific area? Could you add research tips to pages in that area 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 are not time sensitive.
  • Could you check for broken links or add categories to pages?

US County pages[edit | edit source]

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 are missing.
  • Looking for county histories on Googlebooks or Internet Archives and then adding them to the County pages

Projects[edit | edit source]

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

Get Started[edit | edit source]

See the topics below for ideas about how you can help on the wiki. Volunteers should also contact the Moderator for the State, Country and Possessions of interest for suggestions and help for contributions associated for that location.

Wiki Editor Training[edit | edit source]

Learn all about editing, and get started by adding something to improve the wiki. To learn all about editing in the wiki, click on each of the following in turn and follow the steps there:

Editing in the wiki

  1. Create a FamilySearch Account
  2. Make your first edit to the wiki
  3. Watch tutorial videos
  4. Learn to use a Sandbox page

Talk with other contributors

  1. Join the Contributor Community:
    • On FamilySearch Groups: Request an invitation   |   Go to FS Wiki group 
      (FS Groups requires you to be invited to join; fill out the form to request an invitation, or go directly to the FS Wiki group if you've already joined.)
  2. Learn about Talk pages
  3. Create your Wiki User pageExample One | Example Two | Example Three
  4. Add the Volunteer Userbox to your user page

Enrich your experience

  1. Set your user preferences
  2. Watch your favorite pages

Help[edit | edit source]

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

Learn more about ...[edit | edit source]

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Projects Seeking Contributors
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Enhancement Committee