Help:Wiki University Wikitext--Categories

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Categories[edit | edit source]


It is policy to place all articles in FamilySearch Wiki into at least one category.

What is a "Category?"[edit | edit source]

Categories work much like indexes. They are for grouping articles under similar subjects, localities, or topics. Categories (along with other features like cross-references, lists, and infoboxes) help users find information, even if they don't know that the information exists or what it's called. For more information on Categories, click here.

How to place a page into a category[edit | edit source]

  • Categories are internal links and use the same double square brackets.
  • They are placed at the bottom of the page.
  • The Wikitext coding is:
[[Category:Name of category]]

  • NOTICE the double square brackets.
  • NOTICE the required word "Category" and the colon.

Use an existing category rather than invent a new one[edit | edit source]

There are literally thousands of categories in the FamilySearch Wiki. Use the category given in your project instructions or check this list of existing categories to use. If you can't find one that seems to fit, please contact others for help. Please DO NOT CREATE A NEW CATEGORY unless you are given permission to do so.

Try these out[edit | edit source]

  • Click on the category link at the bottom of this page to see where it leads.
  • In your sandbox page, embed the category "Sandbox" on the page.

Quick Quiz
  • What does it mean when these categories show up in a red color?
A. There is no such category in the wiki?
B. This category has not been created yet?
C. All of the above.
  • Categories are external links surrounded by single square brackets.
  • Categories are always placed at the top of the page.
  • You should check to see if a category has been created rather than make up a new one?