Frequently asked questions
What is an article?
- An article is a page that contains genealogical information not directly related to specific persons or families. Articles are group projects, meaning you can start the article, and others can add to it later. They are intended as community resources that the entire WeRelate community can use to make their genealogical research easier and better. Articles include state and country research guides, shared research pages, and more.
How do I find an article?
- To find an article, click on the Search menu in the upper left menu bar and select "Articles"
- You can search for it using the search fields
- Browse through lists of articles by clicking on the Browse link under "Search Articles"
- For more assistance, check out the tutorial on finding articles
How do I create a new article?
- Click on the Add menu in the upper left menu bar and select "Articles"
- Read the information below the entry box
- Enter the title of your article in the Title field
- Click "Add Page"
- When the new page comes up, click on the Edit link in the left sidebar
- Enter relevant Surnames into the Surname box - One surname per line
- Enter relevant Places into the Places box - One place per line
- Add the Year Range if applicable
- Type the text of the article in the text box
- Click on Preview Page at the bottom of the page to see what your finished page will look like
- When you are satisfied, click on Save page at the bottom of the page
- For information about creating particular types of articles, see:
How do I edit an article?
- To edit an article, find the article you want to edit and click on the Edit link near the top of the screen.
- Please feel free to add to or correct any information on the page
- It's a good idea to click on the Show preview button at the bottom of the page to see the effects of your changes
- Don't forget to click on Save page to save your changes when you're finished
When will my changes start showing up in searches?
- Your changes or additions to the Articles page will become effective immediately
- Your changes will begin showing up in Searches the following day
- Pages are indexed every night, so if you created a new page, made changes to an existing page, the changes will start showing up in searches the following day.
What if I don't want anyone else making changes to the article?
- You should create a User Page instead.
How do I tell what changes someone else has made to the page?
- Click on the History link near the top of the screen
- This displays a list of all changes made to the page
- For each change, you can see how the page appeared after the change was made, the date of the change, and who made the change
- To see exactly what was changed, click on the two versions of the page you want to compare, followed by "Compare selected versions". Here's an example in which someone corrected a spelling error
What if I want to leave a comment, but don't want to edit the page itself?
- You can leave comments about any page on its talk page
- Just click on the Talk link at the top of the screen, and then on "Add topic"
Titles for articles
- Articles do not belong to a particular namespace
- Instead, they are identified by a unique page name
- Some Article types require specific titles:
- The total number of characters in the title may not exceed 255
- For more information, see Help:Page titles.
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