Did you know that understanding a document’s background is an important part of quality family history research? People wanting to use documents for genealogical research should understand “why and under what circumstances the records were created” because “by understanding the creation, purpose, and use of genealogical records … genealogists can then effectively use, interpret, and evaluate the information in those records” (Creation of Records).
Did you also know that FamilySearch can help with this? All FamilySearch Historical Record Collections have a related wiki article that briefly describes the collection and its documents. Among other helpful features, these articles include a short record description, a review of information listed in the record, and links to related websites. You can view these articles by clicking on Learn more link found on the main search page of every collection or by visiting the FamilySearch wiki and searching for the collection name.
You can also help other researchers by contributing information to these wiki articles. Is there important information not included? You can add it. Simply visit the article and click Edit This Page next to the article name. For help editing articles, visit Editing a Page.”