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What is the FamilySearch Research Wiki?Edit

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free, online genealogical guide created and maintained by FamilySearch, a non-profit organization. It contains links to genealogy databases, websites, other resources, research strategies, and genealogical guidance to assist in the search for your ancestors. Articles included are locality pages for countries around the world and topic pages that include pertinent genealogy record types explaining how to use the record, what it contains, and how to find it. MediaWiki software is used to house this information.

Purpose of the FamilySearch Research WikiEdit

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors the FamilySearch Research Wiki. The Research Wiki is a private resource offered as a public service.
It was created to:

  • Promote the activities of collecting, compiling, maintaining genealogical research for the use and benefit of everyone
  • Offer educational resources by sharing information about genealogical methodology and records
  • Assist in fulfilling the genealogical responsibilities of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Complete List of Purpose, Policies, and Procedures of the Research Wiki

Search Places and Topics, Not PeopleEdit

The Wiki does not contain specific individuals but instead lists genealogical resources that may list an individual. When searching the Research Wiki, search for the place your ancestor was born, lived, and died. If your ancestor, Robert Palmer Jones was born in Sussex, England, type in Sussex in the search field. The Sussex, England page will contain links to online databases and have Sussex topic pages regarding genealogical records pertaining to Sussex.

Searching the WikiEdit

Additional Research HelpEdit

Contributing to the WikiEdit

Contributors ExpectationsEdit

In addition to FamilySearch Terms of Use, we require contributors not to use the Wiki as a forum to conjecture, gossip, or debate about the priorities, motives, processes, policies, or competence of FamilySearch or its personnel. These activities fall outside of the scope and use of this site and may result in loss of contributor privileges.

Final determination about the appropriateness of contributed content rests with FamilySearch.

How to Contribute to the WikiEdit

Guidelines for Adding Content to the WikiEdit

Wiki News and Known IssuesEdit

Information about the Wiki including new features and known issues can be found on the following Wiki page:

Notifications from the WikiEdit

Please note that you may receive email notifications from the FamilySearch Research Wiki concerning watched pages, messages left on your user talk page, and when your Wiki role changes. Use the instructions found on the Notifications Wiki page to change your notification preferences.