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Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki!
The FamilySearch Wiki is not about finding the names of your ancestors. It is not, in fact, about finding people at all. The Wiki is about finding documents that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places in which they might be found. It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind. The Wiki has records from the United States as well as from 244 countries. Here you will be able to find documents such as census records, marriage records, birth records and death records and much more. Probate records are often very informative and may help you in your search. There is an extensive list of military records on the wiki. Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those documents and records. With research and reading, combined with some information gathering to lay the groundwork, you can begin to construct your family tree and fill in the blanks that have may have eluded you.The FamilySearch Wiki is a wonderful place to start!
- Links to record collections
- Research advice
- Videos to help you get started
To use the Wiki in your search for ancestral records you will need to be prepared.
- Think about what you want to find about your ancestor. Be specific.
- Consider the location where that event might have happened.
- Think about which specific records might contain the information you are seeking.
- Work backward instead of forward. Look for a death or marriage record before looking for a birth record. We generate more and more records the older we become.
- Consider the record/document trails that all of us leave behind.
It is helpful to know the following two pieces of information before you begin your search:
- A possible location where your ancestor may have lived; a town, city, county, state or nation.
- A general time frame of the time between their births and their deaths.
Additional research advice can be found on:
- Get started in the Wiki
- Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki
- Success Stories
- Rookie Mistakes
- Family History for Beginners
- Identify What you Know
- Obtain and Search the Records
- Use the Information
- Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki: A Case Study(video)
One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:
For information about contributing to the wiki:
- The Vision: Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki
- Purpose and Appropriate Topics
- Accuracy and collaboration
- Content Organization, Browsing, and Categories
- Contributor Help
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Keys to Success Using the Wiki
Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
Getting Started in the Wiki
Family History for Beginners
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