Having problems with searches in the FamilySearch Wiki? This can be irritating and frustrating, but here’s an article with some great tips and helps for that problem. Take a look at “FamilySearch Wiki – Use Google Site Query.” This is an article written by Lee Drew, one of the members of the Wiki Support Team. It gives wonderful information on searching, along with a tool for using Google for your Wiki searches. Lee has given links and screen prints with explanations that are easy to understand and can be very helpful to any Wiki user.
The following information on Searching in the Wiki has been taken from the handout that goes with the Wiki Trainer Research Classes, given by the Wiki Support Team. This Wiki Trainer page contains valuable help for researching in the Wiki.
1. Keywords. Search the FamilySearch Wiki the same way you would search Wikipedia, by keywords like DAR or Daughters of the American Revolution. Enter the place, subject, record type, or the name of the article in the search box. (Family names and information on specific families are not found on the FamilySearch Wiki.)
2. Not Phrases. You will not receive the best results if your searches include phrases like “How do I find records for DAR.” Phrases can be used to search both Google and Yahoo but the Wiki search engine is not designed for this type of search.
Advanced Search Tips
1. Use terms “AND,” “OR,” and “-” (the hyphen for NOT) to help define a search (this is called a Boolean search).
1. Think about what you want to find out about an ancestor. Think about word variations that may be used to describe that type of record. For example, if you want to locate a birth record, this may also appear under the headings “Births,” “Vital Records,” or “Civil Registration.”
2. Second, consider the location where that event may have happened. If you don’t have a specific locality, start big. Even searching under “United States Birth” may give you hints on trying to narrow down your search.
3. If the search results do not help you locate what you need to learn about an ancestor, think about other records that may possibly contain the information you want to learn. For example, a death record may contain an ancestor’s birth date and place to make it easier to locate the ancestor’s parents or other helpful information.
This article was written by Jane Colmenares