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Wiki Support Handbook > Foundation


An introduction to the Wiki

Vision: Improving the FamilySearch Wiki

The goal of Wiki Support is to help make the FamilySearch Wiki a better place for:
  • Genealogists to find information that will help them find their ancestors
  • Contributors who want to help make the Wiki better for researchers
  • Coordinators who want to make the Wiki a better place for researchers and contributors
Everything we do relates to making the Wiki easier to use, and to help those who would like to do more with the Wiki as they grow from new genealogists to experienced researchers to contributors.

Community Involvement

The best way to make the wiki a better place is to come to understand the needs of each of the above groups by interacting with community members to:
  • take care of their problems,
  • answer their questions,
  • and listen to what they have to say.
The places these discussions take place are:
  • In the Forums
  • On article discussion pages
  • In Family History Centers, genealogical libraries, societies, and anywhere else where the Wiki is used
  • On Facebook
  • On GetSatisfaction
  • For FamilySearch service missionaries, through emails we receive into Amdocs

Policies and Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines help govern how contributors add information and communicate with each other. Be familiar with the following:
Policies are important rules that are widely accepted, and procedures for important processes such as deletion.
Guidelines are consensual rules-of-thumb that are not strict, but are considered by most FamilySearch Wikins to be useful most of the time.


Governance is about how decisions are made, how policies and guidelines are agreed upon, and what to do when those policies are broken. Wikipedia has some solid procedures surrounding this and can be found in the article How Community Governs Wikipedia.
The main focus we will have is on developing policies and procedures that will help to prevent problems from escalating. But if they do, the Dispute resolution process documentation will guide the support teams in managing issues that arise.

Help Content for Researchers and Contributors

Help Content in the Wiki is all about teaching how to use and contribute to the Wiki.
Help Links for Researchers:
Help Links for Contributors:
More Help Links:


When any new collaborative venture is started, as people learn, they do things "imperfectly," and as such, there is always much that can be done to help "clean up" the Wiki. These links will help you be aware of the types of things that need to be done to make the FamilySearch Wiki better:
Main maintenance work is done here:
Special pages that show other reports about Wiki pages, contributors, and their contributions: