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== '''Welcome to the Research Wiki!!!''' ==
  
== '''Welcome to the Research Wiki!'''  ==
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Click to learn more about how the FamilySearch Research Wiki can help you:  
  
:The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
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:*'''[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|What types of information can you expect to find on it?]]'''
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:*'''[[#Research_your_Family_History|Research your Family History]]'''
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:*'''[[#Preserve_your_Research_Knowledge|Preserve your Research Knowledge]]'''
  
:<span style="font-weight: bold">Learn How to </span>'''Research'''
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::*[[#finding|Find out what historical records]] are available in localities around the world and how to access them
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::*[[#guidance|Learn research strategies]] to help you know how to research your family<br>
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:'''Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki'''
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::*[[#Share_your_knowledge_with_others|Share your knowledge]] about the best ways to do family history research <br>
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== '''Research your Family History'''  ==
::*[[#Store_Information_in_the_Wiki|Store great research tips]] you learn about but may not be ready to use yet
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:'''Collaborate in the Wiki'''
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:In the Wiki, you can learn what records exist in specific areas or topics. Here are some articles to help you get started:
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:'''<span id="finding">1.&nbsp;</span>Research Help'''
  
::*[[#Collaborate_in_the_Wiki|Collaborate with others]] to create a comprehensive tool for research guidance<br>
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::*[http://hiddenancestors.com/FStour.html Video: Researching using the Wiki]&nbsp;
 
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::*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]  
:To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
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::*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]<br>&nbsp;
 
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::*[[Help:Wiki Overview|Wiki Overview]] <br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]<br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction|Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
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== '''Learn How to Research'''  ==
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:Following are two of the many ways to use the Wiki for Research Assistance:
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:<span id="finding">'''1. Finding information'''</span>
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::Find out where an ancestor is from, then search for that location in the wiki to see what records are available there:
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:<span id="finding">'''2. Wiki Search Tips'''</span>
 
::*[[Help:Basic Searches|Basic searches]] (also see [[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|video demonstrations]])  
 
::*[[Help:Basic Searches|Basic searches]] (also see [[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|video demonstrations]])  
::*[[Boolean Searches in the Wiki|Advanced searches]] (also see&nbsp;[[Search Tips|Search Tips]])<br>
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::*[[Boolean Searches in the Wiki|Advanced searches]] (also see&nbsp;[[Help:Search Tips|Help:Search Tips]])
::*[[Browse by Country|Review articles by country]]<br>
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::*[[:Category:Contents|Review articles by topic]]
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:<span id="guidance">'''2. Research Guidance'''</span>
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::Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research<br>
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::*[[Principles of Family History Research|Getting started with Family History Research]]<br>
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::*[[Portal:Get started with this site|Articles to help you know "what to do next" in your family history research]]
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== '''Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki'''  ==
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==== '''Share your knowledge with others'''  ====
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:Even if you've only been researching for a short time, you know something that can help other researchers find their family members. Everyone knows something. By sharing your knowledge, you are ensuring that others will be able to find their families.
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::*The [[Help:Edit and Contribute|Edit and Contribute]] page is the central resource for instructions about how to edit in the Wiki.
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::*[[Projects Seeking Contributors]] lists some of the community projects that are currently being worked on.
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::*There is a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meeting]] for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.
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==== '''Store Information in the Wiki'''  ====
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:As a genealogist, you are constantly learning tips and tricks that you will be able to use to find information on a family you may not be ready to research yet.
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:As you find these types of research helps, rather than Bookmarking or creating a Favorite in your browser that you may not be able to find later, go to the Wiki page for that locality or topic, and add a note about this resource. That way, you and anyone else who is researching in that area/topic will be able to find it too!
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:Here are a few links to get you started:
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::*[[Help:Basic Editing|Basic Editing]]
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::*[[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page]]
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::*[[Help:Adding Links|Adding Links]]
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::*[[Help:Watchlist|"Watching" pages of interest]]
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== '''Collaborate in the Wiki'''  ==
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Working together, we can create a better research tool than we could if individuals were developing pages on their own.
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== '''Preserve your Research Knowledge'''  ==
  
==== Projects Seeking Contributors ====
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==== '''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Share your knowledge with others''' ====
  
::There are always many projects in progress in the wiki. Our [[Projects Seeking Contributors]] page lists the many projects that you can get involved with.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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::You know something that can help other researchers find their family members. Contribute your knowledge to the wiki to give others tips about researching in a specific area or topic.
  
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:::*The&nbsp;[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]&nbsp;page is the central resource for instructions about how to edit in the Wiki.
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:::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject/Projects Seeking Contributors|Projects Seeking Contributors]] lists some of the community projects that are currently being worked on.
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:::*There is a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meeting]] for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.
  
Following are the ways we communicate and collaborate in the Wiki:
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==== Discussion Pages ====
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==== '''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Store Information in the Wiki''' ====
  
::When a Wiki user has a question or comment about a specific article, policy, or other page in the Wiki, they can add their comments to the Discussion page.  
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::As you learn tips and tricks that will help you in your genealogy research, instead of Bookmarking or creating a Favorite in your browser, go to the Wiki page for that locality or topic, and add a note about the resource. Then you and anyone else researching in that area/topic will be able to find it too.
::This will send an email to anyone who is "Watching" the page, notifying them of the change. They can come in and reply to the original question or comments.  
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::''See also:''
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:::[[Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)]]
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:::[[Help:Watchlist]]
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==== Forums  ====
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::Here are a few links to get you started:
  
::Genealogists world-wide are working together to help find our ancestors! Imagine a place where you&nbsp;can ask&nbsp;a question about anything related to family history. Then imagine community members all over the world with their collective knowledge answering these questions. Post your questions by starting a new thread. Post answers to questions from other researchers. Registering with the FamilySearch Forums will provide the option for automatic notifications on any thread of interest. Two languages are currently available:
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:::*[[Help:Basic Editing|Basic Editing]]
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:::*[[Help:Adding Links|Adding Links]]
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:::*[[Help:Watchlist|"Watching" pages of interest]]
  
:::*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ English Forums]  
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::If you would like to work with others who are trying the wiki together, see the following:
:::*[http://forums.familysearch.org/es/ Spanish Forums]
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:::*[[Projects Seeking Contributors|Work on projects with others]]
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:::*[[Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)|Use Talk/Discussion pages]]  
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:::*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=5%7CWiki Forums]
  
==== Live Community Meetings  ====
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::Some community members prefer receiving live help on a conference call with fellow community members. If this is your preference, join one or more [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meetings]] that are held live online.
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== More information?  ==
  
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:If you would like to know more about what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
  
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::*[[Help:Wiki Overview|Wiki Overview]] <br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction|Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
  
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Revision as of 02:49, 16 November 2012


Welcome to the Research Wiki!!!

Treasure-map1.jpg

Click to learn more about how the FamilySearch Research Wiki can help you:



Research your Family History

In the Wiki, you can learn what records exist in specific areas or topics. Here are some articles to help you get started:
1. Research Help
2. Wiki Search Tips


Preserve your Research Knowledge

    Share your knowledge with others

You know something that can help other researchers find their family members. Contribute your knowledge to the wiki to give others tips about researching in a specific area or topic.
  • The Contributor Help page is the central resource for instructions about how to edit in the Wiki.
  • Projects Seeking Contributors lists some of the community projects that are currently being worked on.
  • There is a Community Meeting for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.


    Store Information in the Wiki

As you learn tips and tricks that will help you in your genealogy research, instead of Bookmarking or creating a Favorite in your browser, go to the Wiki page for that locality or topic, and add a note about the resource. Then you and anyone else researching in that area/topic will be able to find it too.
Here are a few links to get you started:
If you would like to work with others who are trying the wiki together, see the following:



More information?

If you would like to know more about what the Wiki is, the following links will help: