Genealogy has been a passion of mine for more years than I care to remember, but Wikis, on the other hand, are a fairly recent endeavor. The following information is more for my own benefit than others, but I realized that if I was needing reminders, perhaps others might as well.
Citing Death Certificates
The order of the information is basically irrelevant, but sticking with a standard makes understanding the information easier. It is also important to differentiate between information culled from the record and information inferred from other sources. Always use brackets for information not directly derived from the death certificate.
Citing U.S. Census Records
Page creation on WeRelate
This is the standard, copied (with stylistic revisions), which I found on the Source Page Titles help file. [As of 19 Nov 2012]
The standard page title style for United States census records is: County name, State name, United States. XXXX U.S. Census Population Schedule (Example:Source: Crawford, Illinois, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule)
Citing on individual pages
I want to enter a census record as a source to one of my ancestors. The record is an 1820 U.S. Census for Overton County, Tennessee. Here's my method, which generally follows standards for citing U.S. census records while incorporating WeRelate's census page creation method. I haven't found one actual standard for citing census records. What I have found is that all of the information contained in the various citations is primarily the same, but the order or detail of the record may be different.
At this point, a link can be made to the actual page of the census record if it exists in a format that others can view online. Examples would be an uploaded image of the page or a link to a free website displaying the page. I usually attempt to find the image on Family Search, since it's free, so I can link directly to the image on their site in my sources. So here's the back end of my Text box detail:
Once this is done, clicking on Save Page or Show Preview should have the citation appearing like the following example:
Wallah! Now if you want to enter more details, like a transcription of what was found on the record, have fun and do so. Otherwise, all done!
You might be asking, why go to so much effort if I'm linking to the image online? I'm afraid I'd have to answer that question with a question. What if the link to the image breaks? With this method the record is accurate enough that anyone down the road can trace through the census (by hand, if need be) and find the exact page for which they're looking, even if the original image link goes away.
Standards and Standardization: Is it really that important?
What's the point? Why does it matter? Is it really that important?
It is, quite simply, very important if you want anyone to find your work, help you with your research or you want to make a valid contribution to the core system. Without standardizing the information on WeRelate, there will be 100 different ways to reference Albany County, New York with no one way for anyone to have a clue if someone else is doing research in that area or if there is a reference book that has something to do with that area.
Standards are also important for continuity. The more contiguous a site is, the easier it is to navigate and the more likely you will want to be there. Humans are creatures of habit and, in general, we don't like it when we are hit with the big red change sign. When one page shows a date formatted one way (ie, 25 Jun 1950) and another page shows a date formatted completely different (ie, 1950-06-25 or even 25 JUN 1950), it tends to jar our sense of aesthetics and hits us upside the head with unneeded change. Perhaps this isn't a huge irritant for you, which is fabulous and wonderful, but for many people, it is. Don't get me wrong, change can be good for many people, but I have found when reading, it is a bad thing. (past tense/present tense conflicts anyone?)
I can't stress this enough, standards are amazingly important, especially with so much information available. It may feel like a pain in the neck sometimes, but a pain now saves on countless headaches in the future.
Errors and Solutions
Dealing with Pages Created in Error
Everyone is going to do it at some point... a page gets created that is later found to already exist, so what do you do with the new page? If it was only created in the past day or so, you can send it to Speedy Delete and only the SD committee is the wiser. If it was created months ago, that could be another kettle of fish.
Deleting a Page
Sending a page to the Speedy Delete committee is the cleanest way to get rid of a recently created page. Here's my solution.
...and Save. Simple and you can go about your work, nothing to see here.
Redirecting a Page
So the page has been around a few months and it's possible someone else linked to it from another website. Great, so now what? It's fairly simple. The duplicate page needs to be redirected to the original page. Follow Steps 1-2 for Deleting a Page, then continue to Step 3.
...and Save. Again, simple, and the world is back in order.
Reverting to a Previous Revision
Going along my merry way, I made some changes to a couple of pages, which I considered the right thing to do at the time. A few days later (almost a week), I realized I had made a rather huge mistake in my changes. We learn as we go, right? ...and since no one else caught my error, I wanted to figure out how to fix it, but I had no clue.
Here's the scenario:
I changed the basic information for a census record source, which at the time I assumed was incorrect because it contained a rather specific author. Authors on census records? Not likely... so I changed them thinking something was seriously wrong with the original creator's thinking (arrogance strikes again). Little did I take into consideration that the page was an index that someone else had created OF the original census. Realizing my error later, I knew I had to put all the book citation information back into the source file and change the source file name back to what it was (yes, I changed the source file name too). Here was the response I received when I couldn't figure out the proper way to do it with the least amount of mess.
That thankfully answered my question and the pages are back to normal. *Phew*
General Wiki: Tips and Tricks
Inserting External Links
How to make it look neat and crisp like Example 1 and not awkward like Example 2.
Here's how each example looks on the backend:
Put the name inside the brackets, but don't forget a space between the URL and the name.
Since I seem to return to the help page for this more times than I care to remember, I thought it would be good to put an example here for future reference. How to use a very basic table in wiki format... It's really quite easy, but I always seem to forget one step, that one step that makes it all break.
Wiki Page Creation
New U.S. Cemetery Pages
How to Create
New cemetery pages can be created in a couple of ways and I will explain both of them here.
The first method utilizes the Add feature.
The second method is used when a cemetery is created directly on a person's page or some other page, which basically skips the above steps. Simply type the cemetery into the Burial field of an individual's page (Cemetery Name, City/Township, County, State, Country), save the page, then click on the Cemetery pages' placeholder, which will appear red on the individual's timeline. This will take you directly to the Edit page, which is explained next.
What to Include
From here, both methods of creating cemetery pages merge into one, the all-powerful Edit page. The Edit page has a few options and entries that need to be made to create a standard Cemetery page.
Some cemeteries may be further categorized as with the following:
Once these are complete, save the page and it's done!