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Quick Reference:

  • The blue globe/earth icon Globe (internal linking).jpg with the two chain links looped together on the toolbar is used for internal linking.
Click here to view a demo


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Types of links

A link is a hyperlink or method for navigating to another page in the wiki or on the internet. There are two kinds of links that you can use in the FamilySearch wiki:

  1. An internal link provides a link to other pages in the FamilySearch wiki.
  2. An external link provides a link to pages that are not part of the FamilySearch wiki. To create external links, including a list of templates to use for linking to pages on specific internet sites, see Create an external link.

Does the text on the page have to match linked page's title?

It is not required, but the linking text should cleary convey the content of the linked page to the researcher and may 1) expand on the title of the linked page or 2) be more concise.

Example 1:

Page Title: Mennonties
Linking Text: Researching Mennonite Records 

Example 2:

Page Title: Create an external link
Linking Text: External links

How to create an internal link

The wiki editor provides a set of tools for creating both internal and external links.

  1. Log in to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  2. Navigate to the page where you want to add the internal link. Click the Edit link in the navigation bar page options. This will open the editing window.
  3. In the editing window, type the text you want to create the link with. Remember, this does not need to be the same as the title of the article to which you are linking.
  4. Using your mouse, position your cursor in front of the text you just typed. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the cursor across the text until it is highlighted and then release the mouse button (the text should still be highlighted as shown in the image below).
    HighlightTextEditor.png
  5. On the editing toolbar, click the hyperlink icon. It looks like a tiny globe/earth with two chain links in front of it.
    HighlightTextEditorhyperlink.png
  6. After clicking the hyperlink icon, the "Link" window will open.
    LinkLinkWindow.png
  7. At the top of the "Link" window, locate the "Link" box. Here you will type the name of the article you want to link to. Notice that after typing the first three letters of the article title, possible matches will appear in the "Automatic Search Results" box.
    LinkAutoSearchexample.png
  8. If the title of the article you want to link to appears in the "Automatic Search Results" box, left-click on the title of the article and the name of the article will appear in the "Link" box above. Once the correct article title appears in the "Link" box, click OK to save the link in the editing window.
    LinkLinkOK.png
  9. The text that you highlighted in step 4 will now appear blue in the editing window.
    HighlightTextEditorhyperlinkexample.png
  10. Save your changes by scrolling down using the outside scroll-bar until you locate the Save page button located below the editing window.
  11. After clicking Save page, you will be able to click on the newly created link between two Wiki articles. NOTE: If the link appears red on the page, the title of the linked article was typed in incorrectly. Repeat the steps above, paying close attention to steps 6-7.

Other Helpful Hints:

  • To link to an article in this wiki, the link text must exactly match the article title (including spelling and punctuation). If there are any differences, the link will create a new blank article with the title you entered.
  • If the page exists, the link will be blue.
  • If the page has not yet been created, the link will be red.
  • Click on the red link to create the page and begin adding text.

To create an internal link using wikitext

(see Advanced Linking)

Other links

External Links

Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) Links

  • Instructions for using the {{FHL}} template for creating links to the Family History Library Catalog.

Record Search Links

WorldCat/OCLC Links

  • Instructions for using the {{WorldCat}} template for creating links to the English-language WorldCat/OCLC catalog.

Wikipedia Links

  • Instructions for using the {{Wikipedia}} template for creating interwiki links to articles in the English-language Wikipedia.