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A Featured article or Help/How To Article exemplifies our very best work and is distinguished by professional standards of writing, presentation, and sourcing. In addition to meeting the policies regarding content for all FamilySearch Wiki articles, it has the following attributes. It is—

    • (a) well-written: its prose is engaging, even brilliant, and of a professional standard;
    • (b) comprehensive: it neglects no major facts or details and places the subject in context;
    • (c) well-researched: it is a thorough and representative survey of the relevant literature. Claims are verifiable against high-quality reliable sources and are supported by inline citations where appropriate;
    • (d) neutral: it presents views fairly and without bias; and
    • (e) stable: it is not subject to ongoing edit wars and its content does not change significantly from day to day, except in response to the featured article process.
  1. It follows the style guidelines, including the provision of—
    • (a) a lead: a concise lead section that summarizes the topic and prepares the reader for the detail in the subsequent sections;
    • (b) appropriate structure: a system of hierarchical section headings and a substantial but not overwhelming table of contents; and
    • (c) consistent citations: where required by criterion 1c, consistently formatted inline citations using either footnotes (Cite_Your_Sources_(Source_Footnotes) <ref>Smith 2007, p. 1.</ref>) or Harvard referencing (Smith 2007, p. 1)—see citing sources for suggestions on formatting references. The use of citation templates is not required. The use of citations for Help/How To article is not required.
  2. Media. It has images and other media where appropriate, with succinct captions, and acceptable copyright status. Images included follow the Wiki image use policy. Non-free images or media must satisfy the criteria for inclusion of non-free content and access codes be labeled accordingly.

  3. Length. It stays focused on the main topic without going into unnecessary detail (see Editing pages summary style).


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