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= Finding my ancestor using the wiki  =
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The Wiki can be a useful tool in locating our ancestors. Although it is not a place where you will find a specific name, going through a process of searching and following links can lead researchers to the needed information. &nbsp; <br>
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In the Wiki, you will find:
  
Excellent advice for this process and information for a researcher can be found on:
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:*'''Links to record collections''' where your ancestor's information may be found.
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:*'''Research advice'''&nbsp;on solving research problems.
  
*[[Help:Keys to success using the Wiki|Help:Keys to Success using the Wiki.]]  
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'''You will not search for individuals&nbsp;'''in the Wiki; instead search for places and topics to discover the records that might possibly contain your ancestors' information.&nbsp;<br>
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To use the Wiki in your search for an ancestor:
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:#Think about what you want to know about the ancestor.
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:#Consider the location where that event may have happened
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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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:#A possible location
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:#A time period
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== Valuable Resources  ==
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Additional research advice can be found on:
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*[[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]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Success Stories|Success Stories]]  
*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]
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*[[Rookie Mistakes|Rookie Mistakes]]  
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*[[Family History for Beginners|Family History for Beginners]]
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*[[Identify What You Know|Identify What you Know]]
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*[[Obtain and Search the Records|Obtain and Search the Records]]
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*[[Use the Information|Use the Information]]
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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)
  
To use the Wiki in searching for an ancestor,&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:
  
:*Think about what you want to know about the ancestor<br>
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*[[Guessing a Name Variation|Name Variation]]
:*Consider the location where that event may have happened
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*[[Guessing a Date|Date]]
:*Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
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*[[Guessing a Place|Place]]
:*Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event|Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
:*Think about the record trail that we all leave behind
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*[[Guessing a Record Type to Use|Record Type to Use]]
  
*It is helpful to know:
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For information about contributing to the wiki:  
:*A time period
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:*A possible location
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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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*[[Help:Contributor Help|Contributor Help]]
  
 
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Following are examples showing how resources in the Wiki led to successful searches that would help lead a researcher to his/her needed information.  
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=== Learn more about ...  ===
  
[[Image:Example using vital records.jpg|left|Example using vital records.jpg]]<br>
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{{FA Set
 
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| image1 = Thumb_Icon_of_two_keys_on_a_keyring_Resized.png
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| article1 = Wiki tools for research
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| linkwords1 = Keys to Success Using the Wiki
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| image2 = Thumb_DetectiveSilhoette.png
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| article2 = Help:Basic_Searches
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| linkwords2 = Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
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| image3 = Thumb Baby steps.jpg
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| article3 = Begin your genealogy quest
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| linkwords3 = Getting Started in the Wiki
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| image4 = Thumb Man Researching.png
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| article4 = Family_History_for_Beginners
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| linkwords4 = Family History for Beginners
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}} {{H-langs|pt=Sobre a Wiki|en=FamilySearch_Wiki:About_Us}}
  
[[Image:Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg|center|Example Finding Information about a locality.jpg]][[Image:Finding a person.jpg|right|Finding a person.jpg]]<br>
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[[Category:Using_the_Wiki_Help]] [[Category:Beginners]]

Revision as of 21:55, 3 November 2013

Spy - J I Thornycroft.jpg

In the Wiki, you will find:

  • Links to record collections where your ancestor's information may be found.
  • Research advice on solving research problems.

You will not search for individuals in the Wiki; instead search for places and topics to discover the records that might possibly contain your ancestors' information. 

To use the Wiki in your search for an ancestor:

  1. Think about what you want to know about the ancestor.
  2. Consider the location where that event may have happened
  3. Think about other records that may possibly contain the information you need
  4. Work backward, rather than forward (look for a death record before searching for a marriage record)
  5. Think about the record trail that we all leave behind

It is helpful to know:

  1. A possible location
  2. A time period

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:


Learn more about ...

Thumb Icon of two keys on a keyring Resized.png
Keys to Success Using the Wiki
Thumb DetectiveSilhoette.png
Help for Basic Searches in the Wiki
Thumb Baby steps.jpg
Getting Started in the Wiki
Thumb Man Researching.png
Family History for Beginners