Help:Editing a Page

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All registered users of FamilySearch Wiki are invited to edit or add to Wiki articles.

Editing in the Wiki

At some point you will also want to review the Wiki guiding principles and the Wiki publishing policies.

Editing Overall


There are two methods in editing in the Wiki:

  1. Visual Editor - [Edit] does not require any programming language knowledge.
  2. Wikitext Editor - [Edit source] requires a knowledge of Wikitext programming language.

Accessing Visual Editor

When you click on [edit] the whole page or section will appear without the [edit] or [edit source] links appearing. The text on the page can now be edited as you would in any word processing program.

Editing templates

Editing tables

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Preview changes before saving

Edit Summary

Before you save a change, you should enter a short note in the Summary: box describing your changes.

No need to write down every detail, just try to give a very brief description of the changes you made e.g. "fixed typo" or "added more information about sunflowers". This summary gets stored alongside your edit history, and allows others to track changes in the wiki more effectively. For more information on this, see Edit Summary.


It is recommend you Save your work periodically, especially if working on a time intensive task. After about 15 minutes of no activity, you will be automatically logged out. Therefore you will lose all the work since the last time that a save was done. If you save often, this will not happen.

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