FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Province Histories

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Instruction[edit | edit source]

Task List

Step One: Open Page in Wikitext[edit | edit source]

  • From the Task List, select a province.
  • Click on the first available province. This will take you to the province's page.
  • Click Edit Source

Step Two: Locate Corresponding Page in Wikipedia[edit | edit source]

  • In a separate window, open Wikipedia.org
  • Search for the location.

Step Three: Extract Historical Information[edit | edit source]

  • From the introduction and the history section (and other sections if need be) of Wikipedia, find the following type of information:
    • The date the original area was founded.
    • The date the location was created.
    • What jurisdiction it belonged to at different periods of time.
    • Historically significant events (fires, earthquakes, battles) that may have damaged genealogical records.
  • Rephrase the historical information whenever possible so we are not directly copying Wikipedia.
  • The histories should be written in paragraph form, with each piece of information you find in a sentence right after each other.
  • The last sentence should give the population of the province. The basic format is already provided.
    • Fill in the name of the location
    • Fill in the population number, (usually stated in the sidebar), rounded to the hundred.

Step Four: Format Citation[edit | edit source]

There is already a template for a citation after the last bullet point.

  • Copy the name of the wikipedia article into "PAGE NAME"
  • Copy the wikipedia article's url into "URL"
  • Write the current date in place of "DATE"

Example Page[edit | edit source]

The following link is the completed province page for Álava, Spain Genealogy