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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. 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 [[Browse by Country|244 countries.]]  Here you will be able to find documents such as [[United States Census|census]] records, [[United States Marriage Records|marriage]] records, [[United States Birth Records|birth]] records and [[United States Death Records|death]] records and much more. [[United States Probate Records|Probate]] records are often very informative and may help you in your search.  There is an extensive list of [[United States Military Records|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!  
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The FamilySearch Wiki is not about finding the names of your ancestors.&nbsp; It is not, in fact, about finding people at all.&nbsp; The Wiki is about finding <u>documents</u> that may have been generated about your ancestors and the <u>places</u> 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 [[Browse by Country|244 countries.]]&nbsp; Here you will be able to find documents such as [[United States Census|census]] records, [[United States Marriage Records|marriage]] records, [[United States Birth Records|birth]] records and [[United States Death Records|death]] records and much more. [[United States Probate Records|Probate]] records are often very informative and may help you in your search.&nbsp; There is an extensive list of [[United States Military Records|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!  
  
 
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'''It is helpful to know the following two pieces of information before you begin your search:'''  
 
'''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.&nbsp;  
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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.

  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; a town, city, county, state or nation.   
  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