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:The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
 
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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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::*[[#Share_your_knowledge_with_others|Share your knowledge]] about the best ways to do family history research <br>
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::*[[#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|Collaborate with others]] to create a comprehensive tool for research guidance<br>
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:To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
 
:To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
  
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction|Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
 
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::Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research:<br>  
 
::Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research:<br>  
 
::*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]  
 
::*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]  
 
::*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]<br>&nbsp;
 
::*[[Principles of Family History Research|Principles of Family History Research]]<br>&nbsp;
  
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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:
 
::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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::*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.
 
::*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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Working together, we can create a better research tool than we could if individuals were developing pages on their own.  
 
Working together, we can create a better research tool than we could if individuals were developing pages on their own.  

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Welcome to the Research Wiki!

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The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
Research your Family History
Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki
Collaborate with Others


To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:


Research your Family History

Following are two of the many ways to use the Wiki for research assistance:
1. Research Help
Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research:
2. Wiki Search Tips
Find out where an ancestor is from, then search for that location in the wiki to see what records are available there:


Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki

Share your knowledge with others

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.
  • 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 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.
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!
Here are a few links to get you started:


Collaborate with Others

Working together, we can create a better research tool than we could if individuals were developing pages on their own.

Projects Seeking Contributors

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.  

 

Following are the ways we communicate and collaborate in the Wiki:

Discussion Pages

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.
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.
See also:
Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)
Help:Watchlist

Forums

Genealogists world-wide are working together to help find our ancestors! Imagine a place where you can ask 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:

Live Community Meetings

Some community members prefer receiving live help on a conference call with fellow community members. If this is your preference, join one or more Community Meetings that are held live online.


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Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.