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Watch a video demonstration of how to add images to the wiki.

To insert an image into an article, the image must first be submitted, approved, and uploaded to the FamilySearch Wiki.

An uploaded image file may be searched for like any article on the Family Search Research Wiki. Type the keyword(s) into the search box and hit the Enter button. A list of article shows, but look to the left and hit the Multimedia link. Now a list of image files shows. Scroll down to the image file you want.

You can also find uploaded image files by category, if they have been categorized first. Navigate to the category you want, then scroll down. Image files are shown last after the other files.


There are two ways of inserting an approved image file into the Family Search Research Wiki.

  • Inserting images using the FCK editing tool
  • Inserting images using Wikitext

Inserting images using the FCK editing tool

1. Locate the article that you want to insert the image file into.

2. Click Edit This Page at the top right of the page.

3. The Edit Window will now open. Click where you want the image located.
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4. Locate the yellow icon on the toolbar at the top of the edit window. Click on the icons (shown below.)

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5. The Image Properties window will appear:

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6. Type the name of the image in the "Image file name" box. As you type the name, the search box below will list possible matches. ;When the correct title appears in the search box, click on the title in the "automatic search results" box. This will insert the correct title into the "Image file name" box.


7. In lower left-hand corner of the "Image Properties" window, click on the dropdown menu titled "Special Type" and click on Thumbnail to show a small version of the image on the page. (Users may click on the image to view a full version of the image.)

8. Next to Special Type, click on the drop-down menu titled "Align" to choose where on the page the image will appear: Left side, right side, or center.

9. In the "Image Properties" window, click OK to insert the image.

10. This will return you to the edit screen. The image should appear on the screen.

11. When you are finished, save the page

Inserting images using Wikitext

1) Open the image file to be inserted. Right under the image, the Name of the Image is listed. Copy this name, because the exact name of the image must be used.

2) Make sure you are logged into the Family Search Wiki.

3) Open the article where you intend to insert the image.

4) Make sure you are in Wikitext mode. See the FCK Editor for help in doing this.

5) Click the Edit This Page button. The Edit Window will open. Then Click in the edit window where you want the image inserted.

6) Type in the following - Two opening square brackets, then the word File followed by a colon and the Name of the Image, finally two closing square brackets. For example: [[File:Example.jpg]]

7) There are many ways to format an image on the page to make it look better, such as size, border, caption, which side of the page, above the text or below, etc. See Help:Images

8) When all changes have been made, save the page

Saving the page with an inserted image

1) Scroll down to the bottom under the Edit Window to find the Summary and Save page button.


2) Fill in the Summary with something like Inserted Image. Then click the Save page button.

3) The saved page will show up with the image. An inserted image is loosely tied to the surrounding text. This makes it difficult to place in just the right location. It is often much easier to format the text to accommodate the image. See Help:Images

4) If you click on the image, the image file itself will open.



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