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In the Wiki, you will find:  
 
In the Wiki, you will find:  
  
:*'''Links to record collections''' where your ancestor's information could be found.  
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:*'''Links to record collections''' where your ancestor's information may be found.  
:*'''Research advice''' for how to approach research problems.
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:*'''Research advice''' on solving research problems.
  
'''You won't search for names''' in the Wiki - instead,&nbsp;search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>  
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'''You will not search for individuals&nbsp;'''in the Wiki; instead search for places and topics to discover the records that might possibly contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>  
  
To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:  
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To use the Wiki in your search for an ancestor:  
  
:#Think about what you want to know about the ancestor  
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:#Think about what you want to know about the ancestor.
 
:#Consider the location where that event may have happened  
 
:#Consider the location where that event may have happened  
 
:#Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need  
 
:#Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need  
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:#A possible location  
 
:#A possible location  
:#A time period<br>
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:#A time period
 
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== Case Study Examples  ==
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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.
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<center>{{Click|Image:Example using vital records.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Jenson1/sdandbox3|Example using vital records}}</center> <center>{{Click|Image:Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Sandbox/sandralpond|Example Finding Information about a locality}} </center> <center>{{Click|Image:Finding a person.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Averyld/Sandbox3|Example Finding a person}} </center>
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<br> Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results. &nbsp;They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.
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== Valuable Resources  ==
 
== Valuable Resources  ==
  
Additional advice can be found on:  
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Additional research advice can be found on:  
  
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*[[Help:Tour|Get started in the Wiki]]
 
*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki]]  
 
*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
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*[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]  
 
*[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]  
 
*[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]  
 
*[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]  
*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki: A Case Study](video)&nbsp;&nbsp;
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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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&nbsp;One of the following articles can help you&nbsp;[[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]]&nbsp;for a puzzling:  
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*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]  
 
*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]  
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Record Type to Use]]
 
*[[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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=== Learn more about ...  ===
 
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{{FA Set
 
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| article1 = Wiki tools for research
 
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| linkwords2 = Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
 
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| article3 = Begin your genealogy quest
 
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In the Wiki, you will find:

  • Links to record collections where your ancestor's information may be found.
  • Research advice on solving research problems.

You will not search for individuals in the Wiki; instead search for places and topics to discover the records that might possibly contain your ancestors' information. 

To use the Wiki in your search 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