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Name of page: Standard Features on Specific Wiki pages


Green check.png This page explains a policy, a widely accepted standard that all contributors should normally follow.

Please visit the talk page to add comments or suggestions for further development of the policy.

We are standardizing specific pages on the Wiki to improve the Wiki experience for all users including those new to our website. The following is a list of pages affected and details regarding the information on that page.

All Wiki Pages[edit | edit source]

Online Databases Found on Wiki Pages[edit | edit source]

  • Use the Manual of Style regarding formatting of databases on the Wiki
  • Following these guidelines will assist users in understand the information listed and bring uniformity to the pages
  • Formatting-Wiki Manual of Style

Country Pages[edit | edit source]

Items to be Standardized on Country Pages[edit | edit source]

The following should be on each Country page and should not be changed:

  • Breadcrumb trail
  • Paragraph at the top of the page, sometimes called SEO paragraph
  • Section Headings, for example, "Getting Started" and "Country Information"
  • Categories

Items to be Standardized on Country Sidebars[edit | edit source]

The following should be on each Country sidebar infoboxes and should not be changed:

  • Flags
  • Headings, for example, "Beginning Research"
  • Categories

United States State Pages[edit | edit source]

Items to be standardized on United States State Pages[edit | edit source]

The following should be on each Country page and should not be changed:

  • Breadcrumb trail
  • Paragraph at the top of the page, sometimes called SEO paragraph
  • Section Headings, for example, "Getting Started" and "State Information"
  • Categories: Country, topic

Items to be Standardized on State Sidebars[edit | edit source]

The following should be on each state sidebar infoboxes and should not be changed:

  • Flags
  • Headings, for example, "Beginning Research"
  • Categories: State

United States County Pages[edit | edit source]

  • County pages include information about databases and records for the whole county (thus, statewide collections can be found there)
  • Links to state topic pages should be included on the county page to save restating information about a topic that applies to the state level and every county

Items to be Standardized on US County Pages[edit | edit source]

The following should be on each US county page and should not be changed:

Locality Topic Pages[edit | edit source]

A typical locality topic page, such as Ohio Naturalization and Citizenship should include:

  • Online Resources heading at the top of the article listing all online resources available for that record type in that location in chronological order.
  • For some topic pages, the online resources is under the heading, How to Find the Records. Example: Ghana Civil Registration
  • Website and database links can be repeated in the body of the article as needed.
  • Topic pages for record types should include:
    • What the record is/history of record
    • Information typically on the record
    • How to access the record
    • Coverage and compliance of the record type
    • Other unique information reference to the record type
  • All information on the topic page should be pertinent to locating records for ancestors.

Items to be Standardized on Locality Topic Pages[edit | edit source]

Exceptions[edit | edit source]

Some topic pages have a unique or adjusted layout then what is listed above:

Underserved Country Topic Page Templates[edit | edit source]

The Underserved Country Topic page is a project that focuses on populating topic pages for countries that have very little information in the Wiki.

Historical Records Pages[edit | edit source]

This page is to:

  • Specifically for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections (published or scheduled) at FamiliySearch.org
  • Describes the collection and what records contain
  • Some articles include coverage tables
  • Gives other resources to assist in locating additional information on the collection or topic
  • These pages are created and maintained by FamilySearch staff

Items to be Standardized on Historical Records Collections Pages[edit | edit source]

Record Finder Wiki Page[edit | edit source]

This page is to:

  • Assist the researcher in determining record types that contain the information they are looking for in that locality.
  • Links to other Wiki pages containing information about how to locate the records

Items to be Standardized on Record Finder Wiki Page[edit | edit source]

Research Tips and Strategies Page[edit | edit source]

This page contains:

  • Links to specific research strategies for the locality
  • General tips and other resources for finding ancestors
  • Is not a strategy article

Items to be Standardized on Research Tips and Strategies Page[edit | edit source]

Guided Research[edit | edit source]

  • A list of prioritized databases for a specific country/locality
  • Focuses on birth, marriage, and death information
  • Links to both free and subscription databases and websites
  • Has What Else You can Try pages to assist in problem solving when you do not locate your ancestor in the databases provided
  • Created for researchers who were beginning research in a new locality to find the very best resources
  • Are protected pages and can only be edited by FamilySearch staff


Online Genealogy Records Pages[edit | edit source]

  • Found: Online Genealogy Records by Location
  • Also found as blue buttons on country/locality pages throughout the Wiki
  • Lists databases that cover the entire region; smaller jurisdiction databases should be listed on the corresponding locality page
  • Abbreviated version of a database link to save space and for easier readability

Items to be Standardized on Online Genealogy Records Pages[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers and FamilySearch Library Pages[edit | edit source]

Items to be Standardized on Family History Centers and FamilySearch Library Pages[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Affiliate Library Pages[edit | edit source]

Items to be Standardized on FS Affiliate Library Pages[edit | edit source]

  • Breadcrumb trail back to the state or country
  • Format of address and other contact information

Libraries and Society pages[edit | edit source]

Items to be Standardized on Country Pages[edit | edit source]

  • Breadcrumb trail back to the state or country
  • Format of address and other contact information


Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Buttons on the Wiki[edit | edit source]

  • Buttons are to be used sparingly on Wiki pages and are only used specific
  • Assigned button colors:
    • Blue: Online Genealogy Records pages
    • Purple: Ask the Community - can be linked to FamilySearch Community for that location or the FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups page listing all known Community groups and Facebook groups
  • Unassigned FamilySearch branded button colors:
    • Green
    • Red
    • Brown
    • Orange
    • Gray
  • Wiki Buttons - more information