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'''Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki!'''  
 
'''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 might have been generated about your ancestors. Here you will be able to find documents such as census records, marriage records, birth records and death records. Legal records of land transfers, wills, and other official documents were often quite extensive. Probate records are often very informative and may help you in your search [[United States Probate Records|click]].  It is a vast record depository for countries all over the world.  In fact, the Wiki contains records from 244 countries. To see an alphabetized list of the countries just [[Browse by Country|click]].  There is an extensive list of military records on the wiki [[United States Military Records|here]]. Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those documents and records. Here on the Wiki you will find:   
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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 might have been generated about your ancestors. It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind.  Here you will be able to find documents such as [[United States Census|census]]  records, marriage records, birth records and death records. Legal records of land transfers, wills, and other official documents were often quite extensive. Probate records are often very informative and may help you in your search [[United States Probate Records|click]].   In fact, the Wiki contains records from 244 countries. To see an alphabetized list of the countries just [[Browse by Country|click]].  There is an extensive list of military records on the wiki [[United States Military Records|here]]. Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those documents and records. Here on the Wiki you will find:   
  
 
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:'''                Links to record collections'''

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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 might have been generated about your ancestors. It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind.  Here you will be able to find documents such as census  records, marriage records, birth records and death records. Legal records of land transfers, wills, and other official documents were often quite extensive. Probate records are often very informative and may help you in your search click.   In fact, the Wiki contains records from 244 countries. To see an alphabetized list of the countries just click.  There is an extensive list of military records on the wiki here. Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those documents and records. Here on the Wiki you will find: 

                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.

  1. Think about what you want to find about your ancestor.  Be specific.
  2. Consider the location where that event might have happened.
  3. Think about which specific records might contain the information you are seeking.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. A possible location where your ancestor may have lived. 
  2. A  general time frame of the time between their births and their deaths.

Valuable Resources

Additional research advice can be found on:

One of the following articles can help you decide where to look first for a puzzling:

For information about contributing to the wiki:


Learn more about ...

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Keys to Success Using the Wiki
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Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
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Getting Started in the Wiki
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Family History for Beginners