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:The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
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The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:  
  
 
:'''[[#Research_your_Family_History|Research your Family History]]'''
 
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:To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
 
 
::*[[Help:Wiki Overview|Wiki Overview]] <br>
 
::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]<br>
 
::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction|Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
 
  
 
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== '''Research your Family History'''  ==
 
== '''Research your Family History'''  ==
  
:Following are two of the many ways to use the Wiki for research assistance:
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:In the Wiki, learn where records exist for where your ancestors lived or what they did:
  
:<span id="finding">'''1.&nbsp;'''</span>'''Research Help'''  
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:'''<span id="finding">1.&nbsp;</span>Research Help '''  
::Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research:<br>
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::*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u4tBnWJuzI Video: Researching using the Wiki]
 
::*[[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;
  
:<span id="finding">'''2. Wiki Search Tips'''</span>  
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:<span id="finding">'''2. Wiki Search Tips'''</span>
::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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::*[[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]]'''&nbsp;'''
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==== '''Share your knowledge with others'''  ====
 
==== '''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.
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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.
  
 
::*The&nbsp;[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]&nbsp;page is the central resource for instructions about how to edit in the Wiki.  
 
::*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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==== '''Store Information 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.
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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. That way, you and anyone else who is researching in that area/topic will be able to find it too!
 
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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:
 
:Here are a few links to get you started:
  
 
::*[[Help:Basic Editing|Basic Editing]]  
 
::*[[Help:Basic Editing|Basic Editing]]  
::*[[Copying and Pasting into a Wiki Page]]
 
 
::*[[Help:Adding Links|Adding Links]]  
 
::*[[Help:Adding Links|Adding Links]]  
 
::*[[Help:Watchlist|"Watching" pages of interest]]
 
::*[[Help:Watchlist|"Watching" pages of interest]]
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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.  
  
==== Projects Seeking Contributors ====
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==== On Projects  ====
  
::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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::The&nbsp;[[Projects Seeking Contributors]] page lists the many projects that you can work with others on.&nbsp;
  
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==== On Talk/Discussion Pages  ====
  
Following are the ways we communicate and collaborate in the Wiki:
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::Every page in the Wiki has a Talk/Discussion page where you can ask questions or make comments about that article.  
 
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==== Discussion Pages  ====
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::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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::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.  
 
::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:''  
 
::''See also:''  
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:::[[Help:Watchlist]]
 
:::[[Help:Watchlist]]
  
==== Forums  ====
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==== On the Forums  ====
  
::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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::On the forums, you can ask&nbsp;a question about your research or the FamilySearch products, or help others with their questions.
  
:::*[http://forums.familysearch.org/en/ English Forums]  
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:::*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/forums/en/forumdisplay.php?f=5 Wiki Forums]
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:::*[http://forums.familysearch.org/es/ Spanish Forums]
 
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== More information?  ==
  
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Revision as of 22:18, 18 February 2012


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



Research your Family History

In the Wiki, learn where records exist for where your ancestors lived or what they did:
1. Research Help
2. Wiki Search Tips


Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki

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. 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.

On Projects

The Projects Seeking Contributors page lists the many projects that you can work with others on. 

On Talk/Discussion Pages

Every page in the Wiki has a Talk/Discussion page where you can ask questions or make comments about that article.
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

On the Forums

On the forums, you can ask a question about your research or the FamilySearch products, or help others with their questions.

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.


More information?

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