Help:Record Type Template

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A template for authors to use when writing articles about how to find and use various types of records.

Copy this template to write articles about using a type of record, such as census or church records.

How to Copy a Template:

Note: Before trying the following steps, you may want to print this page of instructions.

  1. Highlightthe text beginning with the Content heading down to the bottom of the page and copy it.(Note: Use the mouse to highlight the area. Do not use Ctrl+a).
  2. Click on the Browse by Country link (on left side of screen).
  3. Select the appropriate country.
  4. On the Country page, click on the Add to Folder drop down menu (upper right corner of page).
  5. Select the Pageoption. A new blank page will open.
  6. Place your cursor in the Body Text box andpastethe text you copied in Step 1.
  7. Fill out the template. Use the headings as guidlines. Be sure to click on the See Examples links to understand what type of information should go under each heading.
  8. Important:In the Title box, type a title with words that lists the:
  • type of record
  • time period
  • locality of the record
  • Example: United States Federal Census Records, 1790 to 1840

Content[edit | edit source]

[This section should be a bullet list of information found in this type of record ]

  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3

Before using this record, know this[edit | edit source]

[This section should be a list of things the researcher must know before they can use this record effectively, such as the full name of the ancestor they want to search for. For more examples, click here.]

  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3

Before using this record, search this[edit | edit source]

[This section should list other records you should search before searching this one. For instance, if this article describes the use of a record that has no index, this section might recommend some finding aids that will narrow down the search.]

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

Where to find the record[edit | edit source]

[List in order the best places for the public to access the record. Can customers access this record through a phone call, a Website, a visit to their public library, a paper letter, or only through a visit to a specific archive? List these "access points" in order from most accessible to least accessible. For examples, click here.]

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

How to search the record[edit | edit source]

[List here the steps the reader must do in order to search the record. For an example, click here.]

Record sample[edit | edit source]

[Include an optional graphic of the record here.]

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Tips[edit | edit source]

[This section includes a bullet list of advice the reader will need to use the record successfully. Items in the Tips section are those which don't fit well in other sections.]

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

What to do next[edit | edit source]

[List tasks the user should do after completing their first search of the record. For examples, click here.]