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However, you should be happy to know that all of the information in these Outlines has been transferred to the corresponding locality pages in the Research Wiki, and are being developed further by dedicated volunteers all over the world.
To find the "new" Research Outline for your locality of interest, enter the locality in the search box on the right.
Research Outlines on the Wiki
For decades, the Family History Library has published research outlines which instruct patrons in genealogical techniques and list the best records to use in family history research. In 2009 we retired research outlines for several reasons outlined in the Introduction to the FamilySearch Wiki. This article explains how to use FamilySearch Wiki to find more current versions of the types of information traditionally found in research outlines.
In 2008 we copied all the research outlines to the wiki and began updating them. We then split the long outlines into separate articles. A research outline on paper might have 40 pages covering many topics such as census, vital, and land records. In the wiki, each topic is covered in a separate article. So if you're used to referencing the Church Records section of the Pennsylvania Research Outline, on the wiki you would find the same information by doing a search on the terms pennsylvania church and selecting on the Search Results page, the article named "Pennsylvania Church Records."
Copies of Original Research Outlines
Even with the enhanced research information in Wiki articles, some researchers still use the outlines as they contain valuable information about genealogy and the records that are applicable to today's research.
The original outlines were converted into .pdf files by the BYU Family History Library and are not hosted on their website.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Specialty U.S. Outlines
- United States
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
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