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In the Wiki, you will find:
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:*'''Links to record collections''' where your ancestor's information could be found.
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'''Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki'''  
:*'''Research advice''' for how to approach research problems.
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'''You won't search for individuals&nbsp;'''in the Wiki - instead,&nbsp;search for places and topics to discover the records that could contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>
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The FamilySearch Wiki is about finding records that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places in which the records might be found. It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind long after they are gone. When you search in the Wiki, you search for places your ancestors lived and records you think they may have been in.&nbsp; You will not find a Wiki page about your ancestor, but you may find a database that contains your ancestors death record!
  
To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor:
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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]] documents are often very informative and may help you in your search.&nbsp; There is an extensive list of United States [[United States Military Records|military]] records on the Wiki .&nbsp; &nbsp;
  
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Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those records and pages. 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 may have eluded you. The FamilySearch Wiki is a wonderful place to start!
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:#Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
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:#Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
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:#Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
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It is helpful to know:  
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By just typing a word or two into the search engine at the top right of the page, you can begin to see some of the thousands of records that are here on the FamilySearchWiki.&nbsp; On every page, you will find links to record collections from all over the world.&nbsp; You will even find links to lessons: [http://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki:A Case Study] that will teach you how to use the Wiki and [http://hiddenancestors.com/FStour.html videos] that will assist you in your searches. The goal of the folks here on the Wiki is to help you to grow your family tree. All of this is available to you at no cost...ever.&nbsp;
  
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In addition to searching records here on the FamilySearch Wiki, we would like to invite you to contribute to the Wiki by writing articles about where you might have found records that we are missing and editing articles that you find that may need editing. We view the Wiki as a community effort that will only get better with your participation. The only thing more fun than watching your family tree grow is helping others to grow their family trees as well. Your expertise is needed!
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<br> '''To use the Wiki in your search for ancestral records you will need to be prepared.'''
  
== Case Study Examples  ==
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1. Think about what you want to find about your ancestor.&nbsp; Be specific.
  
The following case studies show how researchers used the Wiki to lead them to further information about their ancestors. Click on the case you would like to view.  
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2. Consider the location where that event might have happened.The more you can narrow your search, the more successful you will be.<br>  
<center>{{Click|Image:Example using vital records.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Jenson1/sdandbox3|Example using vital records}}</center> <center>{{Click|Image:Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Sandbox/sandralpond|Example Finding Information about a locality}} </center> <center>{{Click|Image:Finding a person.jpg|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/User:Averyld/Sandbox3|Example Finding a person}} </center>
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<br> Each of these cases involved different research needs, methods of searching, and results. &nbsp;They are good examples of how the Wiki can be used to help find information that would lead to the desired results.
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3. Think about which specific records might contain the information you are seeking.
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4. Work backward instead of forward.&nbsp; Look for a death or marriage record before looking for a birth record. We generate more and more records the older we become. The later in time you look, the more likely you will be to find a record.
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6. When you begin adding in names to your tree, remember to use first name, middle name, and last name whenever possible. He may have been "Uncle Tommy" to you, but on his records, he would most likely have been Thomas Middle Surname.
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'''It is helpful to know the following two pieces of information before you begin your search:'''
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== Valuable Resources  ==
 
== Valuable Resources  ==
  
Additional advice can be found on:  
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Additional research advice can be found on:  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help:Tour Get started in the Wiki]
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*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki]]  
 
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/researching-in-the-familysearch-wiki-a-case-study/664 Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki: A Case Study](video)&nbsp;&nbsp;
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One of the following articles can help you [[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]] for a puzzling:  
 
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&nbsp;One of the following articles can help you&nbsp;[[How to Guess Where to Start|decide where to look first]]&nbsp;for a puzzling:  
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For information about contributing to the Wiki:
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*[[The Vision: Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Accuracy and collaboration|Accuracy and collaboration]]
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*[[Content Organization, Browsing, and Categories]]
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Latest revision as of 15:18, 18 August 2015

Family Road Map.PNG


Welcome to FamilySearch Wiki

The FamilySearch Wiki is about finding records that may have been generated about your ancestors and the places in which the records might be found. It is a vast record depository of the paper trail that people leave behind long after they are gone. When you search in the Wiki, you search for places your ancestors lived and records you think they may have been in.  You will not find a Wiki page about your ancestor, but you may find a database that contains your ancestors death record!

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 documents are often very informative and may help you in your search.  There is an extensive list of United States military records on the Wiki .   

Your ancestors and the stories of their lives are to be found in those records and pages. 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 may have eluded you. The FamilySearch Wiki is a wonderful place to start!

By just typing a word or two into the search engine at the top right of the page, you can begin to see some of the thousands of records that are here on the FamilySearchWiki.  On every page, you will find links to record collections from all over the world.  You will even find links to lessons: Researching in the FamilySearch Wiki:A Case Study that will teach you how to use the Wiki and videos that will assist you in your searches. The goal of the folks here on the Wiki is to help you to grow your family tree. All of this is available to you at no cost...ever. 

In addition to searching records here on the FamilySearch Wiki, we would like to invite you to contribute to the Wiki by writing articles about where you might have found records that we are missing and editing articles that you find that may need editing. We view the Wiki as a community effort that will only get better with your participation. The only thing more fun than watching your family tree grow is helping others to grow their family trees as well. Your expertise is needed!


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.The more you can narrow your search, the more successful you will be.

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. The later in time you look, the more likely you will be to find a record.

5. Consider the record/document trails that all of us leave behind.

6. When you begin adding in names to your tree, remember to use first name, middle name, and last name whenever possible. He may have been "Uncle Tommy" to you, but on his records, he would most likely have been Thomas Middle Surname.

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.

[edit] 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:


[edit] Learn more about ...

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