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Welcome...[edit source]

Hello Slambo!

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Again, welcome! Kara 20:41, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Cool, thanks. I'm an admin at Wikipedia (where I also edit as Slambo), so the technicalities of editing here were pretty straightforward for me. My biggest concern was that I avoid stepping on toes as I learn more about the editing culture here.
In my own family research this week, I was looking into the Egly Amish of Indiana, since Bishop Henry Egly was my wife's 2g-grandfather. There are a few more links that I've found that would be helpful to other researchers, but wasn't quite sure about this wiki's policies on external links. On Wikipedia, external links by themselves have a less than stellar appeal. So, I'm still reading up on policies and guidelines here before getting further into editing.
Slambo 02:38, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Hi Sean, I was interested to read that you're an admin at Wikipedia. The FamilySearch Wiki would benefit from any help that you are able give. I have read your Wikipedia profile and see that one of your interest is ensuring articles are of high quality. This is a subject that has been recently discussed at the wiki tech users meeting and in the forum. Please feel free to make your views heard. Another way you could help is with your experience as part of The Infobox Watch, many of the editors who contribute to the wiki do not have the technical ability to create/amend infoboxes, so if you are able to lend a hand I know many people who would thank you for it --Steve 16:12, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Anything that I publish will be the absolute highest quality that I can make it, whether it's an article online or an audio production (like I'm doing with my model railroad and railroad history podcast; and I'm currently doing a quality check on the audio for episode 13 as I type this). If I can make something better, I will do what I can to do that.
I'm still working through reading up on this site's policies (and I noticed the similarities to many of Wikipedia's policies and guidelines) and editing culture, but I've already jumped in and made a few edits that I hope are considered positive. I'll take a bit of time later to review the tech meetings and forums soon.
I wasn't sure what would be needed for templates, so I haven't suggested anything on that front yet. But I would be happy to help build whatever templates and/or boxes that are needed. Feel free to point any interested editors my way; I'll do what I can to help.
Slambo 16:34, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

Articles about census records[edit source]

Hi Sean,

I see that you've made a start on organising the many articles in the wiki about census records. You've turned Census into a disambiguation page, which I think is an improvement. I think a good introduction about the topic would also fit on the page, but you might want to consider the usefulness of using categories to index the wiki rather than creating an index by hand. Adding code such as

[[Category:Census records in nameofplace]] or [[Category:Nameofplace Census]]

to the bottom of census articles will help group related pages together. Also I'm not sure if you've come across the template created by DiltsGD {{USCensus}} . If there are lots of census related articles from one particular country then more templates like this would also help people who find one find more. --Steve 13:21, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, I thought having just two links to Danish census info on such a generically-named page didn't seem right. As I updated the page further, I thought it could get unwieldy soon and started to wonder about linking to categories (like I've done in the Categories box on the Trains Portal) or showing navboxes instead. I saw {{USCensus}} on another page and considered using it instead of all the links under the U.S. heading, but then also thought that there are a lot of other related pages that would be helpful on that page too. Based on the links I found, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada seem to be good candidates for similar navbox templates now; I'll take a look at those in more detail soon. There's a lot that can still be done there, and there are a lot more pages that have census information on them. I wasn't sure what organization beyond jurisdictions would be helpful.
I haven't really looked too far into census page categorization yet. I suppose that would be the next logical step.
As I worked through adding links to Census, I found that I was missing the admin tools that I'm used to on Wikipedia.  :-) I see that Move has appeared in the list of actions available to me, so I'm guessing that my login is now autoconfirmed (like is done on WP).
Slambo 14:49, 19 August 2010 (UTC)