FamilySearch Wiki:Social Life and Customs Research

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Project Leader[edit | edit source]

Amber Larsen

Purpose[edit | edit source]

To enrich the Social Life and Customs pages for all country pages on the Wiki, providing background information to their family history in that location.

Google Sheets[edit | edit source]

Link to spreadsheet

Task List[edit | edit source]

Country Name FS Catalog Google Scholar JSTOR WorldCat
Afghanistan Genealogy Amber Larsen 5 July 2018 5 July 2018 5 July 2018 5 July 2018
Albania Becca Curtis 22 August 2018 22 August 2018 22 August 2018 22 August 2018
Algeria Marie Robinson 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020
American Samoa Marie Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Andorra Marie Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Angola Marie Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Anguilla Marie Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Antigua and Barbuda Marie Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Argentina Gary Robinson 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020 22 Oct 2020
Armenia Gary Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Aruba Gary Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Australia Gary Robinson 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020
Austria Gary Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Azerbaijan Gary Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Bahamas Gary Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Bahrain Gary Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Bangladesh Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Barbados Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Belarus Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Belgium Marie Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Belize Marie Robinson 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020
Benin Marie Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Bermuda Marie Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Bhutan Marie Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Bolivia Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Bonaire Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Botswana Gary Robinson 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020
Brazil Marie Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
British Virgin Islands Marie Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
Brunei Marie Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
Bulgaria Marie Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Burkina Faso Marie Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Burma Gary Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
Burundi Gary Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
British Indian Ocean Territory Genealogy Gary Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
Cambodia Genealogy Gary Robinson 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020 28 Oct 2020
Cameroon Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Canada Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Cape Verde Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Cayman Islands Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Central African Republic Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Chad Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Channel Islands Gary Robinson 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020 29 Oct 2020
Chile Marie Robinson
China
Christmas Island, Australia
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
England
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
eSwatini, Kingdom of
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia (FYROM)
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gabon
The Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guam
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jan Mayen
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
Korea, South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia, Republic of (FYROM)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles (former country)
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
North Korea Genealogy
Northern Ireland
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Islands
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Republic of China, Taiwan
Republic of the Congo
Republic of Ireland
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saba
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Eustatius
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea Genealogy
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
State of Palestine
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan, Republic of China
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu (Ellice Islands) Genealogy
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands
Wake Island
Wales
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Part 1 - FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

1. Go to the FamilySearch Catalog.

2. Type in the respective country name in the search bar, then click Search.

3. Open the Social Life and Customs dropdown in the results list.

  • Note: If there is no result relating to Social Life and Customs, go straight to Part 2.


4. Open each link under the Social Life and Customs dropdown, and enter in the respective information into the spreadsheet.

  • Note: To add the URL to the Item Link column in this spreadsheet, highlight the entire link in the URL bar at the top of your web browser. You then have two options of how to Copy/Paste.
1. Right-click on the highlighted URL link and select Copy, and right-click in the respective cell in the spreadsheet, and select Paste.
OR
2. Highlight the URL link, and use the Control + C on your keyboard (Command + C if on a Mac) to Copy, select the respective cell in the spreadsheet, and use Control + V on your keyboard to paste the URL into that cell (Command + V if on a Mac).


Part 2 - Google Scholar[edit | edit source]

1. After you have completed the task list included in Part 1 above, go to Google Scholar.

2. Type in the name of the respective country, followed by "social life and customs".

  • Example: "Afghanistan social life and customs"


3. Examine both the titles of each result, as well as any brief content or summary given in the results page, to see if it has content related strictly to social life and customs.

  • DO NOT INCLUDE: If the book/article seems to be primarily focused on government/politics, economy, warfare, controversy, etc. do not add it to the spreadsheet.
  • DO INCLUDE: Books largely containing information regarding aspects of culture, social life, local customs, practices, etc.
  • Only pull results for the spreadsheet from the first two pages of results of your search.


4. If any entries seem to be of valuable Social Life and Customs content, add the respective content to the spreadsheet.

Part 3 - JSTOR[edit | edit source]

1. Go to JSTOR.

2. In the searchbox, type in the name of the respective country, followed by "social life and customs".

3. On the left-hand side of the results screen is a section called Subject. If available, check each of the following boxes one at a time:

  • Anthropology, Folklore, [location] Studies, Population Studies, Social Work, Urban Studies (as well as any others you feel are particularly related to Social Life and Customs).


4. Examine both the titles of each result, as well as any information given in the results page, to see if it has content related strictly to Social Life and Customs.

  • DO NOT INCLUDE: If the book/article seems to be primarily focused on government/politics, economy, warfare, controversy, etc. do not add it to the spreadsheet.
  • DO INCLUDE: Books largely containing information regarding aspects of culture, social life, local customs, practices, etc.
  • Only pull results for the spreadsheet from the first two pages of results of your search.


5. If any entries seem to be of valuable Social Life and Customs content, add the respective content to the spreadsheet.

Part 4 - WorldCat[edit | edit source]

1. Go to WorldCat.

2. Note that the blue search box in the center of the screen has an option for searching different categories (Everything, Books, DVDs, CDs, Articles). Click on the Books option.

3. In the search box, type in the name of the respective country, followed by "social life and customs".

4. On the left-hand side of the results screen are two sections: Content, and Audience. Select "Non-Fiction" under the Content section. Then click "Non-Juvenlie" under the Audience section.

5. Examine both the titles of each result, as well as any information shown when you click on the title, to see if it has content related strictly to Social Life and Customs.

  • DO NOT INCLUDE: If the book/article seems to be focused primarily on government/politics, economy, warfare, controversy, general national history, etc. do not add it to the spreadsheet.
  • DO INCLUDE: Books largely containing information regarding aspects of culture, social life, local customs, practices, etc.
  • Only pull results for the spreadsheet from the first two pages of results of your search.


Example pages[edit | edit source]



If there is a problem or an uncertainty, feel free to email amberlarsen@familysearch.org or contact me through Yammer.