Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FamilySearch WIKI-California

I was asked today why I was working on the Orange County and San Bernardino County, California Wikis. What was in it for me?

 That's a good question and my first thought was ...for fun. But as I thought about it I realized that I do get something else out of working on the FS Wiki. First, I like to learn new things, and I now know quite a bit about how a Wiki works. But, more than that, I am increasing my own knowledge about the State of California. I could just decide to read a few books but this way, I still read the books, but there is a product and I am contributing to a greater project as well. I grew up in California and learned about the state in 4th grade, in high school, and then again as a student in a state university. I've traveled extensively throughout the state so I think I'm pretty knowledgeable but, having a purpose always makes learning more successful. In education we called this project based learning. If the end product is actually useful then that's even better.

What this really says for everyone else is that you don't need to be an expert to work on the FamilySearch Wiki, you just need to find a county that no one is working on and start researching. A wiki is a community project so you don't need to know it all, you can work on the county by doing research on the Internet and at your local library. Pick an area in which you have a research interest and learn a little more.

Monday, March 12, 2012

1940s Technology for Women - Nylon Stockings - Soon to go the way of pantaloons and slips?

Nylon stockings are almost a thing of the past. Being of the "older" generation, I still wear them, but buying them is something else. Shelf space at the grocery store is shrinking daily. The younger generation, and by that I mean under 50, is hardly wearing them. Another technology soon to go the way of pantaloons and slips?

Women lined up to buy nylons in December 1945 (from the article "The Nylon Drama")
Nylon stockings were first invented by Charles Stine with Du Pont  in 1939. According to the Nylon Stocking Society nylon stockings were first offered for public sale in May 1940 at both The Expo on the West Coast and the World's Fair on the East Coast. Those first Nylons had a seam down the back and women were always checking to see if their seem was straight. During the war, Nylons were scarce and women would draw a seam down the back of their legs to simulate nylons. After the war, nylons were in such great demand that fights broke out in stores called the Nylon Riots. Unbelievable.

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

A New Look for the Orange County, California FamilySearch Wiki

I finally put the Orange County, California Wiki sandbox I have been working on, into the live page on FamilySearch Wiki. It still needs some work but the concept seems to be "get-it-out-there" and let the community as a whole work on it. Afterwards, I was asked if I was going to do every county in California. Wow! Lots of work. I also feel that it would be somewhat presumptuous of me to do this to every county. Plus, this is not all my own work.  I was told that I could copy formatting from WikiPages I liked. That no one "owns" a WikiPage. This totally flies in the face of the APG Code of Ethics. To give proper credit, the basic design comes from the WikiProject Utah Experimental County. It's not that difficult to code but it was their idea and I liked it.
I'm now looking into a few of the terms that are used. GSNOCC adopted Orange County which is why I felt comfortable doing such a major overall. There is also a position called a moderator. I'm not sure at this time how adopting a page is different than being a moderator although I do know that one is a group and the other is an individual. I need to find out exactly what everyone does with a wiki. So that leads me to reading wikiHow.