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By sharing your knowledge, you can help build the Wiki. For help in that process, follow the information below:


Before you begin editing

  • Make sure that you Sign In to your FamilySearch account. If you don't have one already, you will be directed to the Create Account page. There is no cost for FamilySearch accounts.
  • Go to an article that you'd like to edit or add additional information. Chose articles that are of special interest or which you have some knowledge about.
  • If you want to edit the whole page, click on the Edit This Page button as shown below. Its found at the top right of the page.
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  • You can also edit just one section of an existing article. Click on the Edit Icon as shown below. Its found to the top right of the section header .
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Editing in the Edit Window

The Edit Window will now open in Wikitext. The Wikitext may seem a little scary at first because it looks unusual. If you are new to editing, just stick with the text functions given below and you will do OK. Remember to avoid the following characters [ { < and ] } >. As you gain more experience, you will learn how to use these additional functions.

  • You can add space by pushing the Enter key.
  • You can insert text by clicking before, in, or after a paragraph and typing.
  • You can delete text by using the Backspace key or Delete key.
  • You can move text by highlighting it, click on the highlight and hold for a second, then move to the place desired.


  • If you make a mistake, don't worry. Its not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will. The Family Search Research Wiki is very forgiving of mistakes.

Finishing Up

  • When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short Edit Summary. Example: Added links to digital newspapers.
  • Then click the Save page button. This page will now contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.
  • Remember to Save the page you are working on about every 10 minuets or so. Much longer than this and the system will drop you out. You will loose all the changes that you have made. If that happens, just begin from the top and make those changes all over again. You will spend more time than you thought, but no harm done.

Create a New Article

Before you add a new article to the wiki, search for the subject to see if an article already exists that covers the subject. If one exists, don't create a new article. Just add the information to that existing article.Then search again for the exact Title of the page you want to create.

  • For Example: Suppose you want to create a new article called Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • Search on the keywords Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • If there is no such subject or article, the results page will show at the top, Create the page "Scotland Clan Tartans" on this wiki! It shows up as Red because it doesn't yet exist.

The best way to create an article is to do the following

  • Navigate to an article that should have a link to the as yet non-existant article. For example go to the Scotland article where you want to create a link to Scotland Clan Tartans.
  • Make sure you have logged into the Family Search Wiki.
  • Click on the 'Edit This Page button at the right top of the page.
  • Click in the Edit Window where you want the link.
  • Type the following - Two opening square brackets, then the name of the non-existant article, followed by two closing square brackets. For example [[Scotland Clan Tartans]]
  • Remember to add a note to the Edit Summary field at the bottom of the page.
  • Click on the Save Page button. The article will show Scotland Clan Tartans' It shows up as Red because the article doesn't yet exist.

To create the article, click on the Red Link. This will take you to the non

  • Click on the Summary button to save the article.  NOTE:  Save the article fairly often while you are writing it.  There isn't an autosave in the wiki.  You could loose all of your work though an inadvertant click if you haven't saved it earlier. 

Additional Information

  • For more in-depth information about creating and editing articles on the wiki, visit these articles:

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