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How To Add Citations to the Wiki

Contributors may add citations to the FamilySearch Wiki. In order to add citations, the user needs to be registered and signed on. Citations may be added individually, or multiple references may be made to the same source without re-typing it. The first set of instructions discusses how to add individual sources. The second section shows how to add multiple references to a single source.

  1. Go to the page where you want to add a source.
  2. Click "Edit" under the page options.
  3. In the edit window, position the cursor at the point where the numeric reference to the source should appear.When finished, it will appear similar to a footnote.
  4. Locate and click on the "<R>" on the editing toolbar (shown below):
    ToolbarRef.png
  5. After clicking "<R>" on the toolbar, the "Reference Properties" window will appear (shown below):
    RefWindow.png
  6. In the "Reference text" box, type the source or reference information you wish to appear at the bottom of the page (similar to a footnote).
  7. At the bottom of the page, type {{reflist}}.
  8. Check the visual layout by clicking “Show Preview” at the bottom of the page. If no changes are necessary, use the outer scroll bar to scroll down, and click “Save page.”

Adding Multiple References to One Citation

In a single article or page, the author may use the same citation more than once without re-typing that source each time. The author may create a name for that citation in order to use it more than once. The first time it appears on the page, the author will type the entire citation. Thereafter, the “name” of the citation will cite the same source at the bottom of the page. The “name” allows an author to create several references to the same source on the same page.


  1. Go to the page where you want to add a source.
  2. Click "Edit" under the page options.
  3. In the edit window, position the cursor at the point where the numeric reference to the source should appear.When finished, it will appear similar to a footnote.
  4. Locate and click on the "<R>" on the editing toolbar (shown below):
    ToolbarRef.png
  5. After clicking "<R>" on the toolbar, the "Reference Properties" window will appear (shown below):
    RefWindow.png
  6. In the "Reference text" box, type the source or reference information you wish to appear at the bottom of the page (similar to a footnote). Before clicking "OK," type a name in the "Reference name" box.
    RefWindow2.png
  7. After typing the source citation (The Family History Library Catalog, www.familysearch.org, etc..) type </ref>
    1. Example: <ref name=”FHLC”>The Family History Library Catalog, www.familysearch.org, etc..</ref>
  8. The next time the FHLC source needs to be cited, type <ref name=”FHLC” />
  9. Step 5 may be repeated as often as needed when referring to the FHLC source citation.
  10. Steps 1-4 may be continued using a different name for a different source that will be cited more than once.
  11. At the bottom of the page, type ==Sources==
  12. After ==Sources==, hit return and type {{reflist}} (this allows for multiple columns on some browsers).
  13. Check the visual layout by clicking “Show Preview” at the bottom of the page. If no changes are necessary, click “Save page”