Help:Wiki University--Image & PDF Approval

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Approval Authority[edit | edit source]

  • Authority to approve images must be granted by your supervisor.
  • This authority gives you the ability to approve upload of your own images and [1] files.
  • This authority also allows you to approve images and PDF files submitted by users, but only if you are assigned to work Salesforce cases.
  • The following is a list of image or files accepted by FamilySearch Wiki: png, jpg, jpeg, doc, xls, ppt, bmp, pdf, pptx, docx, xlsx, gif.

Image Use Policy[edit | edit source]

There is a strict policy in place about what type of images and PDF files can be included in the Wiki. They must be copyright free or used with permission, neutral, and protect the privacy of individuals. Be familiar with the Wiki Image Use Policy before selecting photos and PDF's for upload.


  • Restrict the use of images of deceased individuals, unless it is to illustrate a research concept.
  • Do not use images of living persons, to protect privacy.
  • Images and PDF files approved must be free of any restrictions or copyright issues.

Checking Copyrights and Finding Images[edit | edit source]

  • In Wiki, we use images that DO NOT have copyright issues and can be freely used.
  • Before using a copyrighted image, you should be familiar with the various kinds of copyrights.
If you are looking for images in Google, here's a way to weed out the restricted images:
  • Type in subject in search box.
  • Click on "Images" on tool bar at the top of the image page.
  • Click on "Tools" on the right end of the next toolbar that appears.
  • Click on "Usage rights" on the menu that appears just below.
  • Click on "Creative Commons Licenses."
The images that remain should be free from restrictions, although you should also follow through to the source to be sure.

Assume all images on the Internet are copyrighted and therefore inappropriate for the Wiki unless you can prove otherwise.

Where to look for images[edit | edit source]

Four major sources of copyright-free images are:

  1. Wikipedia and the associated WikiMedia. The vast majority of images (but not all) on Wikipedia can be used in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Click any image in Wikipedia to see its file, description and copyright status. For example, see File:GoldenGateBridge.jpg, or File:Klondike mining camp.jpg.
  2. Creative Commons. Some Internet image galleries such as Google images and Flickr have a mixture of copyright and non-copyright images. Use the Creative Commons Search to find possible images for the Wiki. Be sure to follow each image's link to learn its own individual copyright status. For example, see File:Jewish cemetery.jpg.
  3. Own work. If you create an image yourself and are the sole copyright owner, and if you are willing to license that image for public use on the Wiki, you can. For example, see File:Utah Territory 1856 map.png, or File:Cilmeri.png.
  4. Free image resources at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki lists dozens of Internet sites with free-licensed images that would be suitable for use on the Research Wiki. Also includes seven free image search engines.
  1. PDF stands for portable document format. It is a universal file format developed by Adobe® that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics, and colour of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.