W is for Wiki Posted 27 April 2017 by Peggy Chapman What is the Guild wiki? It is a members benefit and members will need to be logged in to view the wiki pages. It represents the collective knowledge of many Guild members on topics ranging from surnames, to conducting a one-name study, to resources by country, to genealogy software, well, almost anything you can think of relevant to a one-name study. Before you ask a question, try searching the wiki first and you may get the answer you are seeking, or a link to an external resource. Certainly if you are new to a one-name study, you will see all the pillars of wisdom described and different ways of managing your study. Where do you find the wiki? It is the first topic under the Resources tab on the home page of the Guild website. The contents of the wiki are displayed in several ways, and you can choose a traditional Table of Contents or you can choose other ways to search, such as, alphabetically or most popular wiki pages. See the screenshot below for an examples. The website and wiki editors team have completed the migration from the older system and if you have not visited the wiki recently, now is the time to do so. Some sections have been revised, updated or if no longer relevant, may have been deleted or assigned to another area of the wiki. Do you have a topic that you are particularly interested in? For example, you have looked at the wiki content for mapping. Mapping is an area where new developments are occurring rapidly and if new content is added, you would like to know. At the very bottom of a wiki section, you will see “Notify me of changes”. Click on this and you should get notified if new content is added. Do you have information that doesn’t seem to be included on the wiki and is a source useful for one-namers? You can add content to the wiki, but first ensure it is not duplicate information, is not breaking copyright laws ( no cutting and pasting of others’ information) and familiarise yourself with how to edit, and the layout of the wiki. If in doubt, you can always email the Wiki Coordinator – the email contact is provided on the first page of the wiki.