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THIS PROJECT IS NOW DORMANT!!! The Wiki Staff would like to thank everyone for their help on this project.

The balance of this page is for reference only.

You can help thousands who will use the FamilySearch Wiki to help them find their people who lived in Utah at some point.

The project will begin in earnest January 1, 2012 and is expected to be active through 2nd or 3rd Quarter 2013. With people like YOU, the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), and advisors from the Family History Library, the Utah-related pages are becoming easily understood, inviting, and oh, so useful!

Overall Objectives[edit | edit source]

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The purpose of the Utah FamilySearch Wiki is to help readers find and use Utah records for genealogy and family history. The project will update and improve:

Progress[edit | edit source]

See Experimental County for progress on the county pages. Beaver County, Utah is the most up-to-date.

Core pages that consolidate many Wiki articles—a one-place-to-look-and-link concept—have also been created or updated as an outgrowth of the Utah project:

Guiding Principles

  • Highlight important and relevant items. Long lists of every website or every publication would bury, rather than highlight, what's important.
  • Tell readers what to expect when they follow a link or search a suggested record.
  • Balance content with these four factors in mind:
a. Genealogical Value. Does this help Wiki users further their research?
b. Clarity. Make sure everyone understands your meaning and the purpose of your words.
c. Brevity. Be succinct as possible without sacrificing purpose or clarity.
d. Documentation. Use footnote(s) to identify the source(s) of the content you are creating.

First Focus

First, basic content will be added to the county pages. Some tasks are identified, with step-by-step how to do them for the project. You are welcome to suggest additional project tasks or add information to other topics in a county. First focus:

  • Links to online resources: indexes and/or images of records or how to use those records.
  • Local repositories (libraries, archives, museums) and the records and resources they have.
  • Links to catalogs such as the Family History Library catalog, Google books, and WorldCat among others.

Experimental County page shows the current focus for county topics. No county is finished for those topics until listed as completed.

The Utah page is also being revamped to appeal to and guide beginners better. Since this is also experimental, it will be done in a "Sandbox" page, which has not yet been identified. AdkinsWH 01:27, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Community Meetings[edit | edit source]

Online meetings with focus on Wiki pages for Utah.

  • Share ideas, suggest improvements
  • Get news and progress reports.

Attend from home, at a library, or wherever you have an internet connection and a telephone.

Current meetings

Review minutes or recordings of Past meetings

How to join or review a meeting

Click to attend the online meeting  (or listen in to past meetings)

  • Enter the meeting ID: 2249 and click Attend Meeting. Sign in as a Guest (or with your LDS Account)
Past Meetings[edit | edit source]

Administrative Meetings (before Jan 2012)

Utah Wiki project tasks[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Wiki Videos

See product demos for the FamilySearch Wiki, including: searching, editing, making links, watching pages, and more. Each video lasts about 5 minutes.

The following are tasks to be accomplished for the Utah Wiki Project. Each task has step-by-step instructions to accomplish it.

Things You Can Do[edit | edit source]

  • Church LDS Phase 3. Add shells and adapt them to Utah counties.
  • Cemeteries in the counties Link to websites that can be linked specifically to the counties. In process by Liz and Wilma
  • History section of the counties Link to online histories of each county.

Tasks not yet ready[edit | edit source]

These are not yet ready, but you may want to know what is on the horizon.

  • Church LDS Phase 4 Once Phase 3 is completed, compare information with the Mormon Subject, Locality File, which is located in the US/Canada staff area of the FamilySearch Library. This phase will need to be accomplished by missionaries there.
  • Church Other Denominations. Make specific links to the Library Catalog items for those denominations. People wishing to add more detail and a timeline are welcome to adapt the existing shell (Remove Jenson's reference, Remove link to Church Historical Department, etc.
  • Family Associations/Societies Links to organizations based on descendency (e.g. Jared Pratt Family Association) Dggard 08:49, 14 November 2011 (UTC) Great idea! We will implement this. AdkinsWH 00:03, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Repositories in the county: libraries, museums, etc. Phase 1: Add contact information for local libraries, societies, and other record holders in each county.
  • State repositories: Utah State Archives, DUP, SUP, State Historical Society, state libraries, etc.
  • Migration: Railroad, trails, etc.
  • Native American records Dggard 08:12, 14 November 2011 (UTC) Another great idea. Much may already be done, which we will link to for sure. Thanks! AdkinsWH 00:03, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

If you have additional ideas, please add them to this list and sign it by adding 4 tildes (~~~~)

Tasks completed[edit | edit source]

  • Prep county page for Church records. 1) Copy the church records blurb to the county. 2) Describe and link entries for any churches other than LDS to the FHLC. - check the centennial histories for other churches, FHLC, etc.
  • Church LDS Phase 2 Add boundaries and links to church units and a history timeline for each LDS community, using information from Jenson’s Encyclopedic History of the Church. The active Utah WikiProject will focus on major areas, such as Salt Lake, Cache, Davis, Weber, Utah and Washington Counties.
  • Church LDS Phase 3 Audit to assure that Phase 1 has been accomplished for all Utah LDS units. (We estimate that 10-20% will be missed.) This task will include comparing Phase 1 with Jenson's, Jaussi and Chaston, and others. All details of this task have not yet been identified.
  • Church LDS Phase 1. Add shells and adapt them to specific LDS communities.
  • Church LDS Phase 1a Focus on stakes per Jenson's Encyclopedic History... to be sure all wards are included in Phase 1.
  • Birth section of the counties.
  • Major websites: statewide and county-by-county.
  • Heading "Church Records" was changed 10/17/12 to "Churches and Religious Groups" Lois Fowles is changing the headings and all links to it.
  • Neighboring counties maps are being made "clickable" by Joy Bogar and Jeffrey Stevens.
  • Obituaries section of the counties. Copy wording and adapt the links to each county.
  • Newspapers by county
  • Links to topics in the Family History Library Catalog This allows only the best items to be highlighted in the Wiki while informing users of other records or resources that are available. This also makes it so the Wiki won't have to be updated each time new things are added to the sites included.
  • Fix Starting Dates for records in the Top Table on each county.
  • Top Table in the counties Copy and adapt the table (from the Experimental County) to each county. NOTE: This was a very innovative accomplishment made possible by the community meeting.
  • County GenWeb Links Link to databases on county GenWeb databases, with information to help users decide to click or not.
  • County Headings 2 Comments on the Talk page for county headings have prompted some changes that need to be made to each county.
  • County Headings The genealogical community has given careful consideration to the headings and their arrangement in each county. The Utah county headings were created some time ago, and now need to be "remodeled," so to speak. That is the purpose of this task. It requires attention to detail, but is otherwise an easy task to accomplish.
  • County History List by year historical events that affected the records and the record-keeping in each county, such as settlement and migration, or natural events, such as flooding, drought, or fires.
  • County Courthouse Find uncopyrighted images of the courthouse (historical or current) and upload them. List their contact information (address, phone, email), including a link to website, addresses, etc.

Project Leaders[edit | edit source]

Project leaders page


Register of Interests[edit | edit source]

Register your interests in Utah counties or topics. By registering, you will be invited to share ideas and suggestions, you will be kept up-to-date, and you won't be contacted for everything else.

It is a pool of expertise and advisors.

Please post the following project banner template on your user page:

{{User WikiProject Utah}}

You can impact future users of the Utah Wiki with your insights and knowledge.

Utah county/topic interest list
Counties Topics (beyond one county) Wiki User Name Name Contact Info (optional)
All Church, FS content specialist hendricksonp Patsy Hendrickson
All Display, presentation, usability AdkinsWH Wilma Adkins
All Church, FS content specialist markhammj Marilyn Markham

Communication, volunteer coordination HoleDL Dawne Hole

Tasks as needed FowlesLO Lois Fowles

Tasks as needed solah Sandy Olah
Tasks as needed
James Tanner
Manual labor
Nathan Murphy
All Tasks as needed Ldrew Lee Drew


Tasks as needed


Rorie Jenson
All Tasks as needed ElizabethSnow Liz Snow

Maren Jeppson

Jana Stokes

Counties–Style Guide[edit | edit source]

Share YOUR ideas!
Help decide what county pages will contain and how they will appear. Your comments make a difference:

See Experimental county page for Utah. We experiment there and discuss ideas and wording and sources under topic headings.

Current focus:

Ideas implemented into current format:

  • The top of the page: image, chart, chart contents, chart colors: accepted sufficiently to start putting it on each county. Started to move the chart at the top of the page and adapt it to each countyAdkinsWH 15:15, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

See Beaver County for current format.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

2011 12 October Show and tell and brainstorm with US/Canada Consultants and Utah moderators
15 October show and tell WikiProject Utah to Logan Family History conference. Begin recruiting, set up training.

July 2011 Began weekly meetings with project administrators to plan the project: Dawne Hole, Marilyn Markham, Patsy Hendrickson, Wilma Adkins, with input from others.

  • Meeting times: Administrators -- 9 a.m. Wednesday mornings, 3rd floor FHL.Agendas. Minutes.

Administrators' schedule:

  • Nov, 2011
  • Set the Utah Wiki project schedule
  • Approve the project model county style page Beaver County
  • Adopt the existing tasks or create a proposed alternative task list. Review tasks descriptions and steps.
  • Review and create "how to's" that support task descriptions
  • Begin recruiting for beginning of Jan community kickoff of the project
  • Dec 31, 2011
  • Approve Utah treasurer hunt rules/guidelines and prizes.
  • Complete and approve project rules
  • Approve a project completion measuring tool (possibly modeled after the one for Illinois)


  • 31 Dec Complete descriptions and step-by-step guides for tasks to be accomplished during the Utah Wiki project.
    • Tasks will be planned for those who prefer tasks that don't require a lot of thinking or original writing, as well as those who prefer more challenging tasks.


  • 1 Jan Start weekly meetings with the community and contributors to report progress, give training, and brainstorm additional ideas for the project.
  • [TBD] With much of the planned content in Utah counties completed, the Utah treasure hunt for other records and resources begins. This will be a contest, with prizes from FamilySearch, UGA, and others.
  • [TBD] The Utah treasure hunt contest ends.
  • [TBD] Utah Wiki Project becomes inactive as a project, although many will continue contributing to its pages.

Project Guidelines[edit | edit source]

The following guidlines will be followed by the WikiProject Utah members until end of the project, tentatively scheduled for TBD 2012.

Vetted content[edit | edit source]

Before you add similar words to more than one Utah Wiki page, your words must be vetted and approved by any two other team members who are guided by rule #1 and agree with you on that way of presenting it.

Style[edit | edit source]

The first few weeks of the Utah project we will agree on a model style, and create at least one example page of it. To keep the project moving forward, NO style changes nor further discussion of changes will be allowed after that for the remainder of the project (tentatively until TBD 2012). Participants are expected to follow that style during the project.

Style includes but is not limited to:

  • Use of standard Utah templates
  • Headings (anything that would appear in a table of contents) match with FHL Catalog subject headings as much as possible Example: Beaver County, Utah
  • Heading levels: use levels three, four or five; avoid levels one and two
  • Order of presentation
  • Table of contents style or position (or lack of TOC)
  • image, table, or template positions or size; prefer sharp images relevant to the topic on the page
  • font
  • bold
  • italic for titles of published books
  • underline
  • indentation
  • bullets. Items under headings on county pages will be bulleted lists. Information describing the headings themselves will not be bulleted.
  • numbering
  • citations in footnote style
    • Please use the full Chicago Manual of Style footnote style (modified):
Author(s), followed by a comma
Title (book titles in italics)
Publication data in parenthesis:
- Publication place, followed by a colon
- Publisher
- Year of publication
- comma, and the the page number(s) followed by a period
Access information:
- link to free online copy, if any. IF a free online copy is available no further access data needs to be added.
- IF NO free online edition is available, then add:
- WorldCat template: {{WorldCat|#####|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
- FHL template: {{FHL|####|item|disp=FHL Film ###; Fiche ###; Book ###}}.
- Brief annotation explaining the content, or why, or how a reader would want to use the source.
  • image, table, or template style
  • internal link style
  • external link style including brief annotation. Prefer http:// links over https:// links.

Wording changes[edit | edit source]

Before changing the saved wording of another team member who followed these rules you must get their consent (except for obvious minor typos).

Links with purpose[edit | edit source]

The Wiki is not a links repository. It uses links to support the genealogical educational purpose of a page or section of a page. Show and explain links with an educational purpose in mind. Annotate each external link briefly but well enough for the reader to realize what they will be getting if they click that link.

Seek out local and unique[edit | edit source]

Seek out local and unique genealogical search strategies, records, or repositories and explain them to readers.

Describe each edit[edit | edit source]

Describe each edit in theSummaryfield before clicking the Savebutton.

Non-compliance[edit | edit source]

Non-compliance will result in work being reverted, or changed to follow these rules.

Templates[edit | edit source]

It has been decided to use templates for wording that will be used over and over in county, town, or other pages. This will allow changes to be made across all pages simultaneously.

If you wish to edit an existing template page, please post your proposed changes to the talk page for that template before making changes. Please place a watch on templates you have written or edited. If no responses within 1 week, contact the team member(s) who created the original.

Before creating a template, click on the what templates already exist.

To create a new template that will be used on several pages for the Utah WikiProject:

1. Create a new page with the following name: Template:UtahCo[record type]
2. Type the text for your template. Make sure that all concepts, sentence structure, and grammar are independent and can stand on their own if need be.
3. Add the category to the new template page using the following wikitext: <noinclude> [[Category:Templates for Utah pages]] </noinclude> . (Be sure to include the <noinclude> . Otherwise the category will also appear on all pages that merely have the template placed on them.)
4. Approve the wording with administrators of the Utah WikiProject Team.
5. Add the template to county pages using {{template page name}} Otherwise those pages will be added to the category Templates for Utah project.

To see a list of current existing templates for this project, click the category below "Templates for Utah project."