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Revision as of 21:51, 16 November 2012

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In the Wiki, you will find:

  • Links to record collections where your ancestor's information could be found.
  • Research advice for how to approach research problems.

You won't search for individuals in the Wiki - instead, search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information. 

To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:

  1. Think about what you want to know about the ancestor
  2. Consider the location where that event may have happened
  3. Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
  4. Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
  5. Think about the record trail that we all leave behind

It is helpful to know:

  1. A possible location
  2. A time period


Case Study Examples

The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors. Click on the case you would like to view.

Example using vital records
Example Finding Information about a locality
Example Finding a person


Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results.  They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.


Valuable Resources

Additional advice can be found on:


 One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:



Learn more about ...

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Getting Started in the Wiki
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