To: Family History Consultants in English-speaking Wards and Branches
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We want to inform you about the launch of an exciting project from the FamilySearch Wiki community, the England Barn Raising. A wiki barn raising is a short, focused genealogical community effort to create or revise content relating to a single topic such as "getting started with genealogical research in England." During February 2009, we are looking for volunteers from the genealogical community to revise the England wiki pages for the four basic English record types and add pages for major English research Web sites. At the end of February, the FamilySearch Research Wiki will contain information about the latest and best basic records and Web sites to find English ancestors.
The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a resource to help individuals find their ancestors. This resource is available on the Internet at wiki.familysearch.org. The wiki is written by individuals around the world to help individuals with their family history research in all parts of the world. We encourage you to use it as you seek to help your ward members find their ancestors. The genealogical community asks for your help to make the barn-raising a success. Please pitch in and contribute a few edits to the England pages. You don't need to be an England expert to contribute, but experts are certainly welcome!
To see a list of pages to update and also a list of simple tasks that you can do whether you're a family history novice or a professional genealogist, see the England Barn Raising Tasks page at wiki.familysearch.org/en/
The first barn raising activity for the U. S. state of Maryland proved to be a lot of fun, and we're learning things that will help improve future barn-raisings for other areas of the world. Hope to see you soon on the wiki!Sincerely,