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= Finding my ancestor using the wiki  =
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The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information. &nbsp; <br>
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In the Wiki, you will find:
  
Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:  
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:*'''Links to record collections''' where your ancestor's information could be found.
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:*'''Research advice''' for how to approach research problems.
  
*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki.]]
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'''You won't search for individuals&nbsp;'''in the Wiki - instead,&nbsp;search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
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To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor,&nbsp;
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To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:
  
:*Think about what you want to know about the ancestor<br>
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:#Think about what you want to know about the ancestor  
:*Consider the location where that event may have happened  
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:#Consider the location where that event may have happened  
:*Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need  
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:#Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need  
:*Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)  
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:#Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)  
:*Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
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:#Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
  
*It is helpful to know:
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It is helpful to know:  
  
:*A time period
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:#A possible location
:*A possible location
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:#A time period
  
== Search Examples ==
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== Valuable Resources ==
  
The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors.
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Additional research advice can be found on:
  
[[Image:Example using vital records.jpg|left|Example using vital records.jpg]]<br>
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*[[Help:Tour|Get started in the Wiki]]
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*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
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*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]
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*[[Identify What You Know|Identify What you Know]]
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*[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]
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*[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki: A Case Study](video)
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One of the following articles can help you [[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]] for a puzzling:
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*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]
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*[[Guessing a Date|Date]]
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*[[Guessing a Place|Place]]
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Record Type to Use]]
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For information about contributing to the wiki:
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*[[The Vision: Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Accuracy and collaboration|Accuracy and collaboration]]
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*[[Content Organization, Browsing, and Categories]]
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*[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]
  
 
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[[Image:Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg|center|Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg]][[Image:Finding a person.jpg|right|Finding a person.jpg]]<br>
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=== Learn more about ...  ===
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{{FA Set
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| article1 = Wiki tools for research
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| linkwords1 = Keys to Success Using the Wiki
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| article2 = Help:Basic_Searches
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| linkwords2 = Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
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| image3 = Thumb Baby steps.jpg
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| article3 = Begin your genealogy quest
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| linkwords3 = Getting Started in the Wiki
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| article4 = Family_History_for_Beginners
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| linkwords4 = Family History for Beginners
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[[Category:Using_the_Wiki_Help]] [[Category:Beginners]]

Revision as of 16:28, 3 May 2013

Spy - J I Thornycroft.jpg

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

Valuable Resources

Additional research advice can be found on:

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

For information about contributing to the wiki:


Learn more about ...

Thumb Icon of two keys on a keyring Resized.png
Keys to Success Using the Wiki
Thumb DetectiveSilhoette.png
Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
Thumb Baby steps.jpg
Getting Started in the Wiki
Thumb Man Researching.png
Family History for Beginners