Help talk:Templates


Templates: What I expected [16 July 2013]

Given that all other topics on this helptalk page have been deleted and there is a comment that a talk page is unnecessary for this topic, I expect this to be moved. But I don't know where else to place this.

When I think of templates, I think of something that can be used again and again to help provide consistency across the site.

Therefore, I expected to see templates for

Person pages (found one) Place pages (did not find one) Special projects (with at least some guidance; did not find one).

It would list recommended subsections within each page. So for a place, it might include: Geography History Politics Famous Surnames whatever

But I'm not finding that in the Help:Templates area.

Should I be looking elsewhere?

I'm basically looking for guidance on how to arrange different kinds of pages.

The only one that comes close to what I'm seeking is the Person template.

Jillaine 13:42, 2 November 2008 (EST)


This is a good idea. I'm not aware of any templates that have been created yet for people and places. I'm aware of one for "family exchanges": Template:Family Exchange, but I wasn't aware of the template for people that you found. If you have some ideas for what should go into a person (or place) template and would like some help putting them into a template, please let me know.--Dallan 07:03, 5 November 2008 (EST)


I came to this page hoping to find a list of available templates so I could click on the one I vaguely remember but don't remember enough to know how to get it again. --Janiejac 12:53, 9 July 2009 (EDT)

Hi Janie, try this link. [1]--Beth 13:12, 9 July 2009 (EDT)


I use templates when making Place pages--particularly in Research Tips where a whole lot of places in one province/state/county will have the same sources of information. Take a look at Place:Wellington, Ontario, Canada or Place:Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. If there are variations at the township or parish level, I use a file on Google Drive instead because I haven't figured out "Dynamic" templates. --Goldenoldie 14:50, 16 July 2013 (EDT)


Google map template problem [14 April 2009]

I have one location that just won't work in the template. Please see MySource:Jlanoux/PhelpsFamilyLocations. I'm intending this page to show historical map images and a Google link to the same place for ease in locating. Many street names have changed over the years. The link for Sullivan addition is driving me crazy. It seems to work until I touch the place to put the Google label. As soon as I touch that, Google gives errors and the location it goes to is Coffeyville, KS - a fer stretch from Zanesville, OH. I have left the http google link that I temporarily pasted in there to get the coordinates from. It also works fine, but I assume you want your template used. The very first link I did for MtAuburn behaves perfectly. --Jlanoux 15:41, 12 April 2009 (EDT)

I finally got a Google link to work for this location moving the target slightly. I am still baffled about why the other attempts did not work. Every time I edited the label text, it would go wonky. I'll leave the page marked up for you with the good and bad links in case you need to see them in the interest of science. --Jlanoux 17:49, 12 April 2009 (EDT)


That's interesting. It's due to the word "to" in the label. If you remove the word "to" it works fine. I assume that the word "to" causes Google to assume you're trying to create a route. I'll note this in the instructions.--Dallan 18:10, 14 April 2009 (EDT)


Problem: New Transcript Header is being transcluded [27 February 2013]

Hello. I've noticed that transcripts now include dropdowns for source/surname/place information during their creation. I think that is a welcome addition on the transcript page, but I am finding that this new header section of the transcript is coming along for the ride when I call for the transcript text on another page. Here's an example of where I have just started entering info Person:Happy Hall (1) Any ideas on how to fix this? Much thanks. --Cos1776 12:44, 27 February 2013 (EST)

I believe this has to do with the tags you used on the Transcription page. I removed the noinclude tags and added onlyinclude tags around the text you wanted to transclude. This includes only the text between the tags and not the rest of the page text/formatting. --Jennifer (JBS66) 13:32, 27 February 2013 (EST)
I didn't consider that option - thanks for the 2nd set of eyes. This will work fine here. Do you know if there is a plan in the works to retrofit the older, existing template pages with the new header? Thanks again. --Cos1776 14:25, 27 February 2013 (EST)
I'm wondering if you might be confusing Template pages and Transcript pages. WR's Transcript pages - like this one - have had the source/surname/place info for some time. Template pages - like this one that you've created don't have those fields because of how Templates function in general. --Jennifer (JBS66) 16:23, 27 February 2013 (EST)
Oh my goodness... you are correct - I am confusing the two. I hadn't worked with them in a couple of months and I was trying to quickly help out another researcher by posting that info. My humble apologies. :) --Cos1776 19:49, 27 February 2013 (EST)
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