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== '''Welcome to the Research Wiki!'''  ==
 
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:The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
 
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:<span style="font-weight: bold">Learn How to </span>'''Research'''  
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::*[[#finding|Find out what historical records]] are available in localities around the world and how to access them  
 
::*[[#finding|Find out what historical records]] are available in localities around the world and how to access them  
 
::*[[#guidance|Learn research strategies]] to help you know how to research your family<br>
 
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::*[[#Share_your_knowledge_with_others|Share your knowledge]] about the best ways to do family history research <br>
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::*[[#Store_Information_in_the_Wiki|Store great research tips]] you learn about but may not be ready to use yet
 
::*[[#Store_Information_in_the_Wiki|Store great research tips]] you learn about but may not be ready to use yet
  
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:To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:
 
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose and Appropriate Topics|Wiki Purpose and Appropriate Topics]]<br>
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::*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Introduction|Why We Built FamilySearch Wiki]]
 
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== '''Learn How to Research'''  ==
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:Following are two of the many ways to use the Wiki for Research Assistance:
 
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::*[[Help:Basic Searches|Basic searches]] (also see [[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|video demonstrations]])  
 
::*[[Help:Basic Searches|Basic searches]] (also see [[FamilySearch Wiki:How To Demonstrations|video demonstrations]])  
::*[[Boolean Searches in the Wiki|Advanced searches]] (also see&nbsp;[[Search Tips|Search Tips]])<br>
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::Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research<br>
 
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::*[[Principles of Family History Research|Getting started with Family History Research]]<br>
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::*[[Portal:Get started with this site|Articles to help you know "what to do next" in your family history research]]
 
::*[[Portal:Get started with this site|Articles to help you know "what to do next" in your family history research]]
  
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::*There is a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meeting]] for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.
 
::*There is a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meeting]] for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.
  
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::Some community members prefer receiving live help on a conference call with fellow community members. If this is your preference, join one or more [[FamilySearch Wiki:Community Meetings|Community Meetings]] that are held live online.
 
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Help-content.png This help article will guide you as you edit in the Wiki. See Contributor Help for more help articles.


Welcome to the Research Wiki!

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The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a place where you can:
Research your Family History
Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki
Collaborate in the Wiki
To understand better what the Wiki is, the following links will help:


Research your Family History

Following are two of the many ways to use the Wiki for Research Assistance:
1. Finding information
Find out where an ancestor is from, then search for that location in the wiki to see what records are available there:
2. Research Guidance
Learn about specific strategies and tips on how to do genealogy research


Contribute Your Knowledge to the Wiki

Share your knowledge with others

Even if you've only been researching for a short time, you know something that can help other researchers find their family members. Everyone knows something. By sharing your knowledge, you are ensuring that others will be able to find their families.
  • The Edit and Contribute page is the central resource for instructions about how to edit in the Wiki.
  • Projects Seeking Contributors lists some of the community projects that are currently being worked on.
  • There is a Community Meeting for New Wiki Contributors on Thursday afternoons. Come to learn more about how to edit in the Wiki.


Store Information in the Wiki

As a genealogist, you are constantly learning tips and tricks that you will be able to use to find information on a family you may not be ready to research yet.
As you find these types of research helps, rather than Bookmarking or creating a Favorite in your browser that you may not be able to find later, go to the Wiki page for that locality or topic, and add a note about this resource. That way, you and anyone else who is researching in that area/topic will be able to find it too!
Here are a few links to get you started:


Collaborate in the Wiki

Working together, we can create a better research tool than we could if individuals were developing pages on their own.

Projects Seeking Contributors

There are always many projects in progress in the wiki. Our Projects Seeking Contributors page lists the many projects that you can get involved with.  

 

Following are the ways we communicate and collaborate in the Wiki:

Discussion Pages

When a Wiki user has a question or comment about a specific article, policy, or other page in the Wiki, they can add their comments to the Discussion page.
This will send an email to anyone who is "Watching" the page, notifying them of the change. They can come in and reply to the original question or comments.
See also:
Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)
Help:Watchlist

Forums

Genealogists world-wide are working together to help find our ancestors! Imagine a place where you can ask a question about anything related to family history. Then imagine community members all over the world with their collective knowledge answering these questions. Post your questions by starting a new thread. Post answers to questions from other researchers. Registering with the FamilySearch Forums will provide the option for automatic notifications on any thread of interest. Two languages are currently available:

Live Community Meetings

Some community members prefer receiving live help on a conference call with fellow community members. If this is your preference, join one or more Community Meetings that are held live online.


Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.