User:Khaentlahn

Family Trees
Buchanan Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 237
Cemetery Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 1097
Census Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 3574
Cowan Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 19
Crumley Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 28
Family - Adame (view) (launch FTE)
people: 152
Family - Campbell (view) (launch FTE)
people: 1266
Family - Clark (view) (launch FTE)
people: 198
Family - Lumadue (view) (launch FTE)
people: 63
Family - Rice (view) (launch FTE)
people: 3621
Family - Saunders (view) (launch FTE)
people: 6688
Family - Symons (view) (launch FTE)
people: 22
General Research or Maintenance (view) (launch FTE)
people: 9645
History of Cleveland (view) (launch FTE)
people: 84
In-laws (view) (launch FTE)
people: 674
Knopf family (view) (launch FTE)
people: 31
Ricker - Nonrelative (view) (launch FTE)
people: 7
Sell-Borders (view) (launch FTE)
people: 473
Township Project (view) (launch FTE)
people: 441
User pages
Khaentlahn/Apollos Moore Mystery
Khaentlahn/Census Project
Khaentlahn/Notes and Rambles
Khaentlahn/Talk Archive 2012
Khaentlahn/Talk Archive 2013
Khaentlahn/Things To Do

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.

Contents

Records

Citing Death Certificates

Example:
Certificate of Death: Charles S Mote, in Missouri, United States. Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1961. (State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics). Filed 23 Jul 1918, Reg Dist No. 6290, File No. 22831, Informant: Opal Mote [Decedent's daughter by his first marriage]

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)

  • In the Source type drop-down, select Government/Church records
  • In the Title field, enter: XXXX U.S. Census Population Schedule. The system will use this information to create the proper page title.
  • In the Place covered field, enter: County name, State name, United States (Example: Lawrence, Ohio, United States). A drop-down will suggest the proper selection. (If the drop-down does not appear, please check your spelling.)
  • After creating the page, enter in the text field "{{XXXXCensus}}," which will add usage tips via a template. On the next line by [[Category:XXXX [Insert the State name here, do not include the brackets] census]].


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.

  • In the Citation's Source box, I choose Source.
  • Under Title I enter Overton, Tennessee, United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule
If the title doesn't exist, it can be created using the "Page creation on WeRelate" method. Ideally, the page will already exist and the process can continue.
  • In the Text box I put all the details that make the citation complete, Pg 254, Line 3, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 122.

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:

  • [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11584-44895-61 Pg 254, Line 3, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 122]

Once this is done, clicking on Save Page or Show Preview should have the citation appearing like the following example:

Example:
Overton, Tennessee, United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule
Pg 254, Line 3, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 122

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.

Templates

Administration

  • Sources needed -- {{sources needed}}
  • Speedy Delete as found under the Admin menu option -- (This can really be your friend to get rid of those pesky pages that pop up with the gremlins.)

Communication

  • Conjectured Information on this Page -- {{Conjectured|Text}}, which looks like this:
Conjectured Information on this Page
Text


As of this writing [20 Nov 2012], the text centers in the box, but the box does not center on the page.

Family Connections

Unfortunately, family connections are not always clean for one reason or another...

parents for a sibling relationship are conjectured, but not known,
parents are still living for a deceased child, but the grandparents are deceased
a connection between families should be maintained even if there are living individuals
an adoption relationship should be shown without causing duplicate parents issues
a deceased son-in-law or daughter-in-law should be able to connect with their spouse's family, but their spouse is alive

These are all perfectly valid, so I found a few templates and came up with few templates to help these situations. They all use the same basic format. {{Template name|Person (or Family) name}} used in the Event area of a page with the Other option chosen. More clarity can be found on the actual template pages. When you use one of these templates on a family page, the end result will be shown on both parents individual pages as well as the main family page.

Sources

  • BillionGraves Index -- {{Bgraves|####|Name}}
  • Find A Grave -- {{Fgravemem|####|Name}}
  • Find A Grave Cemetery -- {{Fgravecem|####|Cemetery Name}}
  • Wikipedia content -- {{source-wikipedia|wikipedia page name}} - Initially, this will only add a line that says the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia. An automated process will take over from there, which can sometimes take upwards of several months before completed.
For Category Wikipedia entries -- [[Category:7th New Hampshire Infantry (Civil War)]] [[Category:Source templates|Wikipedia]] (NOTE: I haven't tried this one yet.)
  • Wikipedia links -- [[Wikipedia:Article name|Article name]] -- This is for linking to Wikipedia instead of bringing information over from Wikipedia.

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.

  • 1. Make sure there isn't anything pertinent that should be saved from the page. If a duplicate source was made, copy anything unique from the duplicate to the original source.
  • 2. Erase everything (or anything) in the Text box.
  • 3. Insert the template from the Speedy Delete page, found through the Admin pull-down menu. Make sure to update it with an actual reason and date.

...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.

  • 3. Insert the following onto the first line of the duplicate page's Text box:
#redirect [[Namespace:Name of the original page]] -- (As found on How to redirect pages if more clarity is needed.)

...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.

I need to roll a page back to a previous version. I changed the page by mistake. How would I go about doing this?
Select "History" (top left hand list), select the version you want, click "edit" and then save the page. That's how I do it - not sure if anyone else knows a better way. AndrewRT
That's the right way.--Dallan

That thankfully answered my question and the pages are back to normal. *Phew*


General Wiki: Tips and Tricks

History Option

To the left of just about every WeRelate page is a History menu option, which leads to the Revision History of that page.

What is the page all about and how do you use it?

This page is for viewing what changes have happened to the page and to help you compare different versions of the page. Viewing the history is the easiest, just click on the History option and the Revision History page opens showing the entire change history from the page's beginning until its most recent version.

What if you want to compare changes that have been made to the page? Say someone made four or five changes to a page and you want to see all of those changes in one comparison instead of looking through all of them individually. There are a couple of ways to do this.

Any comparison can be done with the radio buttons (the little circles that turn green when you click on them). Click on the two revisions you want to compare regardless of where they are in the list and click the Compare selected versions and a comparison page will come up with the older of the two revisions on the left and the more current revision on the right.

You can also use the (cur) and (last) options for quicker viewing.

If you want to compare an old revision with the most current revision:
  • Click on the (cur) option to the left of the old revision.
If you want to compare an old revision with a revision either directly above or below it:
  • Click on the (last) option to the left of the latest of the two revisions.
For example: There are two revisions, one from 15:42, 19 December 2012 and one below it showing 11:51, 18 December 2012, to compare just these two, you want to click on the (last) option by the 15:42, 19 December 2012.

Inserting External Links

How to make it look neat and crisp like Example 1 and not awkward like Example 2.

Example 1:
Missouri Digital Heritage - More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.
Example 2:
Missouri Digital Heritage [1] - More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.

Here's how each example looks on the backend:

Example 1:
[http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/ Missouri Digital Heritage] - More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.
Example 2:
Missouri Digital Heritage [http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/] - More than 6.8 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state.

Put the name inside the brackets, but don't forget a space between the URL and the name.

Inserting References to Sources in Body Text

You've seen the body of a page with so much narrative it would make your head spin and scattered among the narrative are footnote links. How are those done? It is pretty simple. They used the ref tag as follows:

<ref name="S1"/> - References S1 in the Sources section of the page.
<ref name="Any other text"/> - Creates a source in the References section which is independent of already created Source.

For something so simple, you'd think it would be simple to remember, but if you don't use them very often... well, you get the idea.

Wiki Tables

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.

Example
{| class="wikitable"
|-
| This || Effort
|-
| That || Production
|}
This Effort
That Production

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.

  • Click on Add at the top of the page and select Place.
  • Enter the name of the Cemetery in the Name field utilizing the entire name of the cemetery without abbreviation.
  • Enter the County, District and/or State in the Location field. The standard appears to be to utilize Township, County, State or City, County, State, or some lesser variation dependent on how specific the location is able to be.
  • Click Next.
  • Check to make sure whether the Cemetery already exists. If it does, select the cemetery, if not, click Add Page and you will be taken to the Edit page.

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.

  • Type must be filled in with the option: Cemetery.
  • Latitude and Longitude are preferable, but not required to complete the page.
  • Located in is derived from the original entry of the Cemetery.
  • Also Located in is used if you used more detail in the place name than County, State. Put the County, State information here. It may seem redundant, but this field flows through to the main page for the County you're editing.
  • Text box should contain the some of the following:
(Examples use Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, Lawrence, Missouri, United States):
(Optional) == External Links ==
(Optional) :{{bgravescem|62531|Mapel Park Cemetery}} (...to add a link to the cemetery's BillionGraves page. bgravescem is the template that WeRelate uses for billiongraves cemeteries. The number between the | | (pipes) is the cemetery ID number at BillionGraves. It can be found in the URL of the cemetery page right after both the cemetery name, MapleParkCemetery/62531 or right after the #cemetery_id=62531.
(Optional) :{{fgravecem|29981|Maple Park Cemetery}} (...to add a link to the cemetery's FindAGrave page. fgravecem is the template that WeRelate uses for FindAGrave cemeteries. The number between the | | (pipes) is the cemetery ID number at FindAGrave. It can be found in the URL of the cemetery page right after CRid=. The name at the end of the template is however you want the cemetery to appear on the main page, but keeping it the same name as the Place name you created will likely keep confusion to a minimum in the future.)
(Optional) :[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mocemete/lawrence/Maple-Park/cem-maple-park.html Rootsweb: Maple Park Cemetery] (...if you want to add a link to some other website that gives information on the cemetery you're creating.)
(Required) [[Category:Cemeteries of Lawrence, Missouri, United States|Maple Park Cemetery]]

Some cemeteries may be further categorized as with the following:

(Optional)[[Category:Presbyterian cemeteries|Old Kingsport Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan, Tennessee, United States]]

Once these are complete, save the page and it's done!