FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah Tasks Church Phase 1

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The WikiProject Utah team selected a community approach to records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, rather than individual wards. (The ward approach may be needed for large Church communities, such as Salt Lake, Provo, etc.) (Meetings 9/12 and 9/26/2012)

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Task Description, Church Phase 1[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this project is to copy and adapt the "pattern" (found by clicking the Talk tab) to each Church community in Utah's 29 counties.

The adapted pattern pages (called Church community pages) give extremely useful facts and links to help people doing Latter-day Saint research:

  1. Directs people to the correct pages in and gives them a link to Jenson's Encyclopedic History of the Church, where they can get the history and boundaries of wards and branches in that locality.
  2. Provides a link to the FamilySearch Library catalog for church records of that place and ideas where other records can be found.

The Church communities that need Phase 1 pages added and adapted appear as red links under the heading "Church of Jesus Christ..." on the county pages.

Example of an adapted pattern page[edit | edit source]

This page has been adapted to the community of Milford, giving Jenson's page numbers and link, the name(s) of the stake(s) for this place, the link to the FamilySearch Library Catalog, and other adaptations.

Wards and Branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milford, Beaver County, Utah

You may also notice that the details under Church Units and Boundaries and History Timeline have not been filled in. That is because those areas require more time and training. Due to the sheer volume of pages that need adapting, Phase 1 is simply a first pass.

Step 1. Check Jenson's Encylopedic History[edit | edit source]

A) Navigate to the county page under "The Church of Jesus Christ...." B) Notice a red (no page created) link in the blue table. C) Check FamilySearch Digital Library to see if this place is featured.

How can you tell if it is "featured?" Although there may be other "hits" for that place, most will be in the correct part of the alphabet, such as "F" for "Frisco." It may be mentioned in the B's, but not featured there.

C1) If it is featured, proceed with Step 2 on.

C2) If it is NOT featured, send me an email with the title: "Not featured in Jenson's" and be sure to include the county and town name. Then return to the county page, and do Step 1 for the next red link.

I will take care of these until I decide exactly how we want to handle these and add instructions. If you overwhelm me, that's OK.

Step 2. Copy the pattern without changing it[edit | edit source]

A) Click the Talk tab
B) Click the "Edit This Page" button.
C) Select Wikitext
D) Highlight all (Ctrl+A) and copy (Ctrl+C)
E) Cancel edit

Step 3. Click a red link and copy the pattern page[edit | edit source]

(Best to have another tab or window open, as mentioned in the Tip above)

A) On the county page, go to the Churches and Religious Groups topic
B) Click a red (no data yet) link -- under the Church of Jesus Christ... heading.

Note: It will tell you the page does not exist. That's what you will accomplish.

C) Click to edit, select Wikitext, click on the page, then paste the pattern.
D) Fill in edit Summary box: "copied pattern" and Save page

Step 4. Adapt the Pattern[edit | edit source]

A) Breadcrumb trail:[edit | edit source]

  • Change "Beaver" to the current county (change it twice in the breadcrumb trail)
    • The first "Beaver" is in the link itself. The second "Beaver" is in the display -- what the user will see.
  • Change "Frisco" to current town. Be sure the comma is still there, as "Frisco, Utah"
  • Type in Summary box, "Breadcrumb", and Save page

B) Get correct pages from Jenson's Encyclopedic History[edit | edit source]

  • Click on the BYU link, search by place, scroll down to see page numbers
    • Clicking sends you out of the Wiki and adds a tab at the top. You may want to just keep the site open if you are going to do Church Phase 1 for more than one community.
  • Identify the beginning and ending pages in Jenson's which feature this place or church unit.
    • There may be scattered pages mentioning this place or unit, but we're after the pages where this place is featured.
  • Back on the Wiki page you added, edit in WikiText, and change the page numbers (p ?-?) to the correct pages for this place

C) Under "Church Units and Boundaries"[edit | edit source]

Change the stake name (you will find it in Jenson's)

  • In WikiText, change Beaver Stake to the correct stake in this link (two places):

[[Wards and Branches of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Beaver Stake, Utah|Beaver Stake, Utah]]

  • Once you save the page, this link may turn red. It just means that Church Phase 1 has not been done for it as yet.

D) Under "Obtain the Records"[edit | edit source]

1) Change the link under "List of Records...." from "Beaver, Frisco" to current county and place
2) Test the link. Does it list church records for this place per the FamilySearch Library Catalog?

  • Yes. Go to "E".
  • No. Be sure the link in WikiText has all the correct items: a) two squiggly brackets before and after; b) FHL then a pipe | c) Utah, County, Town separated by commas then (space dash space) - Church Records d) (pipe subject pipe) |subject|disp=church records

It will look like this in WikiText:
*List of {{FHL|Utah, Beaver, Frisco - Church Records|subject|disp=church records}}{{FHLTopicOnlyLinks}}

2a) Test the link again. Does it go the the catalog for the right place, but doesn't list any church records?

  • Yes. Try to understand why it didn't find anything.
    • Click to the catalog, and search by place: Utah, [county]. Then click the topic church records and scan through. If a church record for this place does appear, click on it to see where it has been cataloged.

For example, we learned that Bothwell was filed under Tremonton in the catalog. (We don't understand why, but see how it was handled on the page.)

  • If you still can't find church records for this place in the catalog, email me ( with the topic "FHL link does not work" and put a link to the page you have been adapting into the body of the email. This allows me to link to it quickly and see what I can understand. The more of these I have to do, the better I will know how to adapt the task instructions.

E) Change the Category[edit | edit source]

Scroll below the "References" heading.

  • In the second Category, replace "Beaver" with current county
  • In the third Caterogy, replace the name of the stake, as you found in Jenson's
    • Note: Every page in the Wiki is supposed to be assigned to at least one category, allowing familiar users to find all the pages assigned to that category. These pages have 4 categories:
      • Finding Latter-day Saint Families
      • The County (this is the one that needs to be adapted)
      • The Stake (this also needs to be adapted)
      • Latter-day Saint Church Records
  • Type in the edit Summary box: "adapted categories" and Save page

Repeat Phase 1 for the next community[edit | edit source]

Get back to the County page and select the next red-linked community. Repeat Steps 1-4.

Phase 2: Boundaries and History Timeline[edit | edit source]

We are skipping Phase 2 right now, because:

  • People need this page asap adapted to each of the Church communities in all of the 29 counties.
  • Having all the adapted pages gives people a lot of good information and links to records they can use.
  • Users will still be able to get the church unit boundaries and history by clicking to Jenson's. They are not left high and dry.
  • Phase 2 takes more time per church unit than this Phase 1.
  • Users are asked to add the boundaries and timeline information, so it will be done over time.

We will soon focus on Phase 2 for major areas in early Latter-day Saint history, such as Salt Lake, Provo, Orem, and the like.

If you really, really, really want to do Phase 2 right now, here is a link to the Task Page: ChurchPhase 2.

Counties[edit | edit source]

All counties are ready. Please write "Done" after a completed county.

Beaver done · Box Elder done · Cache done · Carbon done · Daggett done · Davis done · Duchesne done · Emery done · Garfield done · Grand done · Iron done  · Juab done · Kane done · Millard done · Morgan done  · Piute done  · Rich done  · Salt Lake done  · San Juan done  · Sanpete done  · Sevier done  · Utah done  · Summit done  · Tooele done  · Uintah done · Wasatch done  · Washington done  · Wayne done  · Weber done