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Sasha Kopf's Celtic knot ring

Haeremai, welcome, talofa, Willkommen, bienvenue, welkom

Hallo, and welcome to Familypedia, the genealogy and family history wiki! We volunteers hope you can continue making contributions to articles and/or discussion and other improvements. Probably nobody has yet looked at your edit to the Edwardstown, South Australia page. It is live already, but it may soon be reviewed by one of our more experienced editors, who may help you to improve it.

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Please leave a message on my talk page if you think I may help with anything! Robin Patterson (talk) 11:16, March 10, 2021 (UTC)

Oz and other places

"I know that name", I said when I saw you in the Recent changes. You've been improving the Australia wiki. Good work! Best to have a local doing it.

Most "place" pages (and templates) on Familypedia are based on copying from Wikipedia, and we occasionally update whole articles (leaving the {{Bdm}} and {{Usedwps}} templates in place along with any specifically genealogical additions we have made. I'm inclined not to bother with easily-changed data such as mayors and electoral districts, but they're harmless.

I hope you can be inspired to add some genealogy after reading Help:Articles/start.

--- Robin Patterson (Talk) 10:27, March 12, 2021 (UTC)

Upgrading infoboxes

I notice you "upgrading" an infobox. My impression is that most infoboxes that we copy from Wikipedia are not suitable for automatic "upgrading", because they contain various other logic that involves calculations or lookups which will be lost with the upgrade. I am noting this as something to be careful about, rather than as a criticism of you. Thurstan (talk) 03:50, March 13, 2021 (UTC)

List of genealogy databases

Thanks for working on List of general genealogy databases. Regrettably, Wikipedia has been doing some relevant mergers and other fiddles in the 10 years since that page was previously updated. In WP it now redirects to their version of List of genealogy databases, which we also have; it was updated in 2017 but is probably due for another.

It would be great if you could compare them and suggest a merger into the page that matches WP or some other improvement. We don't need both (which one of us old hands probably should have realised some time ago).

--- Robin Patterson (Talk) 01:14, March 23, 2021 (UTC)