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Description[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this task is to locate pertinent County Histories available through and add the information and links to the FamilySearch Wiki.

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You may wish to open a separate "window" for these instructions so that you won't lose them while following each step.
To Open another window:

  • Click on a tab at the top of the brower and then navigate back to the FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject New Jersey.

Or you may wish to print the instructions before you begin editing.
To Print:

  • Go to the top right-hand corner of the page within the the white area.
  • Locate the word Print or the icon of a printer. Click on the icon.
  • Print.

General Instructions[edit | edit source]

1. Check the Assignment Chart below to choose a county to edit.

2. Sign up on the Assignment Chart to accept the task. Sign-up instructions are posted with the Assignment Chart below.

Specific Instructions for FamilySearch County Histories[edit | edit source]

1. You will be adding information to the FamilySearch county page by editing in wiki text. *If you have questions about editing, go to wiki help links under the heading Description.

2. Click on your chosen county name in the Assignment Chart. This will take you to your county page.

3. Login to the FamilySearch wiki using your FamilySearch login name and password (

4. Scroll to the sub heading, Local History, which is under the heading, History.

5. Click at the following link to go to

6. Once at the FamilySearch website, click on the word, "Catalog." At the next screen you will see two boxes. The box on the left is labeled "Search" with "Place-names" in the box, and the box on the right is labeled "For."

7. In the box labeled "For," type the name of the county you have chosen followed by a comma and New Jersey, click on the phrase when it appears below the box and then click the "search button." This will take you to a list of sources available through the Family History Library for that county.

8. Click on the word "History" to see a list of the books available through the Family History Library. Click on each link to determine if the book would be useful for others; therefore good to put on the Wiki.

9. When you determine which books you would like to have on the Wiki,go back to the window you have open for the FamilySearch county wiki page and click the edit box, which is to the far right of the heading, "Local History." If there isn't an edit box next to "Local History," click the edit box next to the heading "History." Then click on the word, "wikitext," which will bring you to the wiki text field.

10. You will now enter the books found into the FamilySearch county wiki page under the heading Local History. The format follows:

  • (a) : (colon)
  • If the format in the wiki is already established and does not have a colon, follow the format already established.
  • (b) * (star)
  • (c) The catalog entry:
  • Author , Title in italics, Publication information in parenthesis, Call number or film number, brief description.
  • For the author,type the last name, comma, and then the first name. If there is the name of a society or a series of authors, type them as written.
  • To make italics put two '' before and after the title. Be sure to capitalize the proper words in the title.
  • For the Publication information, type it the same way it is typed in the catalog.
  • To add a call, film or fiche number type the following: {{FHL|the title number|item|disp=FHL book, fiche or film}} The title number is found in the url at the top of the page. It is the number usually found at the end of the URL following an F. i.e. item%2F94879. The item number would be 94879.
  • If there is both a call number and a fiche or film number, put the film and fiche numbers first.
  • A brief description, if needed, such as "not complete," "index only," "transcription."

11. In the "Summary" box at the bottom of the page add the words, "Added FamilySearch County Histories" and then click the Save page button.

Examples[edit | edit source]

EXAMPLE In Wiki Text

:*Balliett, L. Dow,''Early history of Atlantic County, New Jersey : record of the first year's work of Atlantic County's Historical Society''(Kutztown, Pennsylvania : Kutztown Pub.){{FHL|261243|item|disp=FHL book 974.984 H2a}}

EXAMPLE – Finished Product

  • Balliett, L. Dow, Early History of Atlantic County, New Jersey: record of the first year's work of Atlantic County's Historical Society (Kutztown, Pennsylvania: Kutztown Pub.) FHL book 974.984 H2a

EXAMPLE of complete History Section

Atlantic County, New Jersey History

Assignment Chart[edit | edit source]

If you are accepting this task:

1. Sign in to the wiki at the upper right-hand corner of this page. Use your FamilySearch account username and password.
2. Open the Assignment Chart for editing by clicking on the check mark in the box at the right opposite the Assignment Table heading.
3. Place your cursor in the box under the heading Name/Date Task Accepted and opposite your county of choice.
4. Type 4 tildes (~). This symbol is located on the upper left-hand part of your keyboard, next to the number 1. The ~~~~ is an electronic signature and will leave your user name and date when you signed.
5. Scroll nearly to the bottom of the page. Add a summary sentence in the Summary box saying something like, "Selected Preble County for adding familysearch county histories".
6. Click on the box "Save Page".
7. You are now signed up to complete this task.

If you are completing this task:

  • Follow the same instructions as accepting the task, except place your cursor in the correct county box under the heading Date Completed. Change your summary sentence to something like, "Completed Adams County for Probate Records Other Repositories."
County Name/ Date Accepted Date Completed

Cape May