User:AdkinsWH/Sandbox Pattern concepts

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Priority 1 tasks are assigned to the Wiki Content Team. Our first purpose is to get the most important information into the Wiki for each state and its counties. To do this, our focus is on one state at a time to discover patterns that can be easily adapted to other states.

NOTE: The pattern concept was proven to work by Ruth2Jones in July, 2014. She adapted the pattern used in the Illinois Births before 1877, which took days to create. It took just minutes to adapt it to Arkansas -- two states with vastly different records.

Meeting 8/26/14: Recruiting event (See Danielle's 8/19 email "Question"

Wilma to dos[edit | edit source]

Taxonomy: cross reference types of records; redo taxonomy Institutions


General[edit | edit source]

    • Done: get hub from caleb and link: Joy did the hub and linked it: Early Sep 2014
    • Intro:
      • Done: Joy is getting another image: the one we have is too much like a tombstone. Then we'll redo the intro: Joy did a "Feed the Wiki" image -- alphabet soup: early Sep 2014
      • Wilma is still working on the intro area and the tabs on the page format: Sep 16 2014.
    • Maintenance section - talk with Support team leads?, Who?
      • What is really needed here, once a state is reformatted? Couldn't it just say last major check of links, etc.: August, 2014. After a reasonable time you may want to.... [list options, such as check links, redo some of the others listed under things you can do, etc.] Then they could decide to check links or for more info to add.
    • Get the correct link to Other Projects
    • Set it into a pattern for other states
    • Icon for How to make you first edit -- next to the hub?
    • Many hands make light work image: Is this needed on a reformatted state?
      • Present the concept of Help Wanted Pages to Danielle, Caleb, Guiseppe: once a pattern is developed, post that (adapted?) task on the Help Wanted pages of each state, with a link to "How to do it" which has the current best pattern for that page/task.
  • Finish the bulk of the "Wanted Pages" excel sheet. Done 8/19/2014. Sent to Guiseppe. Perhaps Support team will post to pages.
    • Then post to help wanted pages for each state, country.
  • Create the Arkansas Home page in sandbox. Claimed by AdkinsWH 01:29, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Refinement needed before community review
      • Tab style?
      • Bar colors
    • State topic list Done by Joy.
    • Add "Arkansas" to the state topic list Done
    • add topic "Social Networking Groups". Link to Arkansas Genealogy Local Resources Done
    • I think these tasks have been completed.Ruth J. Jones 18:56, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Have Yammer/Community review

Joy Assignments from Wilma[edit | edit source]

  • Updated the "Help Feed the Wiki graphic" User:Wyzer17 19:56, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Finished "intros" for Format 2 and 3 and Johnson County, AR. The content lists are the same except the military records from Johnson County. User:Wyzer17 21:03, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Managed to do one clickable county map - it is so much slower that the Image map Editor we have used in the past.
  • Completed County Creation Dates and Parent Counties - changing 120% border width to 100%.User:Wyzer17 16:31, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Prep for community/yammer review[edit | edit source]

  • Create a county home page Claimed by AdkinsWH 20:44, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Post the County page to Yammer for feedback
    • Done 8/11/2014. Have not yet reviewed the feedback (8/19/2014)
  • Records page
    • Match these record categories to the state list created by Charles Smith. Done by Joy Aug, 2014
    • Breadcrumb trail will have to be adjusted when it goes live -- including on Websites and Courthouse pages.

Prep for Excel copying[edit | edit source]

  • Prep so the pages can be done in Excel Claimed by AdkinsWH 17:11, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Get sandbox pages acceptable
    • Create the "shell" page in Excel. Protect it, so we don't accidentally write over it.
    • Topic list, add the word "County" to the county topic lists. Done by Joy. Also colors changed
    • Link to the County Records and Information page. Done
    • Create Intro templates for each category. Thought these could be adapted from WA, but could not find them. Adapt, therefore, from WA county pages. Claimed AdkinsWH 01:38, 19 July 2014 (UTC). In process.
    • check all links to see that they work properly, and lead to the most helpful pages (Ruth's suggestion 4 Aug 2014)
    • Ask Diana Ornstead to pick a couple of counties we can test, and she can see if we overwrote another editor.
    • Test this in the beta version so we can make refinements. Joy and Wilma 8/19/2014

Multi-topic Tasks[edit | edit source]

  • Glean from Internet sites
    • Ancestry.com completed for AR by Bo and Joy, probably in May 2014
    • Archives.net???
    • Others, so long as they actually have databases
      • Not from Linkpendium and CyndisList. They certainly are wonderful sites, but they make their living and reputation from gleaning the Internet. They don't maintain their own databases of information, therefore, if we glean from them, we are essentially bypassing them. And we want to encourage all they do.
  • Arkansas Record Finder Adapted from TN by AdkinsWH 16:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC) Still to resolve
    • Minorities
    • Public records
    • Do we want that template "Links to Arkansas-related Topics" in this (or other pages?)
  • FHL (WorldCat? ACPL?) links in these sections: Cemeteries, Church History AND Church Records, History, Obituaries, Probate Records, Vital Records
    • Wilma, Ruth, team: refine format, then someone claim

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • State page:
    • Get all links to the state section two places: name search and list of cemeteries
    • Explanations so people can get to counties and use the site well
    • If possible, arrange in order from best down
    • Completed by Sister Claudia Heaston in June or July 2014. May have completed most states, not just AR
  • County pages:
    • Objective: Each county has a chart linking to that county's page with cemetery databases or lists
    • Completed in July 2014. Wilma needs to refine this so it is easy to do from county to county.
    • Bo in progress Aug, 2014. Has completed all counties for the Name search and cem list columns; has started on the "published records" section. Is up to Bradley Co. He and Wilma will meet about US gen Web links. (Aug 19, 2014)

Census[edit | edit source]

State page

  • Template:Census Online Arkansas. Break it up in segments; before 1850; 1850-1870; 1880-1940 to work better with the How to Find Birth Records before county records were kept. Done for AR.
    • This should be done for every state as the How to Find Birth records page is updated. Joy started this for every state July 16, 2014.
    • Progress: Joy completed for every state!

County pages

  • Wilma create the intro
    • Team: do we want it like WA, or it that too busy?

Courthouse and Local Resources[edit | edit source]


  • Create a separate page with only County Genealogy Records and Information (Accidentally started page in actual space, not a sandbox.)
    • Make sure there is an intro template for each topic {{AR Court Intro}}
    • Decrease the heading levels by 1 less "=" They start at level 4, decrease to level 3. Done AdkinsWH 15:24, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Make the links to those pages correct from "Co format 2" page and others.
  • Towns and communitiesAdkinsWH 15:19, 19 August 2014 (UTC)Setting pattern claimed AdkinsWH 15:19, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Topic Intros Claimed AdkinsWH 15:19, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

  • Arkansas Guardianship We learned of this need from the Rec Sel Table. Feel free to check this topic for another state, as much of the info will adapt easily to AR.Claimed by Ruth J. Jones 14:06, 1 August 2014 (UTC) Submitted page to Wilma by email for her comments.Ruth J. Jones 17:17, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

History[edit | edit source]

  • Historical Timelines
    • Bo completed several counties before we realized this should be a community assignment. Bo's work helped to establish the pattern others can follow.

Migration[edit | edit source]

  • Create the page Arkansas Migration from the Migration trails mentioned on the (old format - before August 2014) state page.
  • This page will also need some intro.
    • Has an intro been added to Illinois Migration Routes page? Claimed by Ruth J. Jones 16:06, 1 August 2014 (UTC) However, Ruth does not feel qualified to create and introduction, and has asked Wilma to do so. Submitted initial possible page for Wiki placement to Wilma by email Ruth J. Jones 18:38, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • Arkansas Obituaries We learned of this need from the Rec Sel Table. Feel free to check this topic for another state, as much of the info will adapt easily to AR. Claimed By Ruth J. Jones 16:59, 28 July 2014 (UTC) Submitted page to Wilma by email for OK to place into Wiki Ruth J. Jones 14:06, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Social Networking Groups[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • State pages
    • Completed. page can be deleted AdkinsWH 04:00, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
    • Illinois Online Birth, Marriage, Death Records article incorporate into Illinois Vital Records article, then the Online Birth, Marriage, Death records….. article can be deletedRuth J. Jones 17:50, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
    • Wilma and Ruth will discuss and work on this and have others review to be sure we are on the mark.
    • When finished, change the links on the Illinois home page and be sure the links are correct from the How to find Illinois birth records page.
    • Once we have the pattern, we can skip the step of creating the Online BMD page.


  • Update the AR Vital Records page. Note: Wilma and Ruth will discuss this and have the others review to see if we are on the mark.
    • The need: So the links from the "how to find birth information before (date birth records were begun for that state)" will give the users not just the links, but easy to understand information.
    • the How to find AR Birth Records, How to Find AR Marriage Records, How to Find AR Death records will remain. Birth, marriage, and death links should be well clarified, then added AR Vital Records page.
  • How to Find Arkansas Birth Records Update the years before births were recorded using the pattern on Illinois How to find... page.
    • fix the chart in 'How to find AR Birth Records'; so far a 1st draft has been developed from the IL model (15 July 2014) - this may be easier once the VR page is finished Ruth Jones is working on this AdkinsWH 22:49, 25 June 2014 (UTC) Ruth completed this AdkinsWH 21:17, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
    • To help users, this needs to be done for every state. (Not by Wiki Content Team as this time, however. Getting the pattern down for 3-4 states, then it can become a good project.AdkinsWH 22:51, 25 June 2014 (UTC))



Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Johnson County, Arkansas Genealogy Websites -- tabs and format Done AdkinsWH 23:56, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Ruth: will you do the "County Offices..." piece of this? I realize it should be under Courthouse as well, but let's give it here where many may look for it.