Monday, March 31, 2008

FamilySearch Training Wiki?

As the new FamilySearch system continues to be rolled out around the world, the demand for training materials is growing. I've seen several great presentations created by people in the community that were tasked with training a group of people on the new system. A colleague (Tim Cross) and I were talking about this and he mused that it would be wonderful if there were a FamilySearch Training Wiki or some site where the community could come together and pool there knowledge, tools, slideshows, etc. that they use for training. A site like this would be a tremendous resource. This is not an 'official' effort by FamilySearch, just an interesting idea two guys talked through around the water cooler (OK so it was really in IM...). Anyone feel like giving this a go?

7 comments:

Daniel Longmore said...

You could just start by adding articles related to this topic to already existing FamilySearchWiki https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Main_Page . There is my two cents.

Renee Zamora said...

I really think this needs to be developed. There are so many great resources created out there by the average individual and it's only by luck that you stumble upon it. A repository to access all the materials would be a great asset to the community.

I am posting this to my blog and asking readers to help contribute to developing this.

Darris said...

I think Daniel and Renee both hit on important points. There is already a FamilySearch wiki and adding training materials would seem to be a natural fit. Does the Family History Department want to operate or support two different wikis?

The wiki found at https://wiki.familysearch.org could have an extension added for Slideshare, enabling people to add Powerpoint (and other) presentations. I agree with Renee, it would be nice to have a central gathering place for genealogical advice. Another wiki could be ok but...

Having a place for enthusiasts to gather and collaborate is great. FamilySearch wiki is up and running. Maybe this could be an easy fit for training also.

Mary said...

I think this is a FABULOUS idea. Then all the little tips, hints, helpful info, videos, slide presentations regarding FamilySearch Training would all be in one location to be easily accessed by all of us - newbie or more experienced would greatly benefit!

Angela McGhie said...

I also think this is a great idea. I am in charge of training in my area and would love additional resources. I would also be willing to share the resources that I develop.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest visiting "Mastering Family History" at http://www.masteringfamilyhistory.com/

This site has some interesting material.

joankwg1940 said...

Wouldn't this save time for everyone. What a great idea.