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==Understanding how the Wiki is organized==
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The Research Wiki is an interactive network of linked information about genealogy. The Research Wiki has individual pages, those with content about genealogy are referred to as articles.
  
The Research Wiki is an interactive network of linked information about genealogy. The Research Wiki has individual pages, those with content about genealogy are referred to as articles.  
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There are some basic organizational structures that help users find information. These include:
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There are some basic organizational structures that help users find information. These include:  
  
*[[Help:Basic Searches|Search engine]]. The Research Wiki has an integrated search engine that will search on any word or combination of words on any page. There is a search box on almost every page.
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*[[Help:Basic Searches|Search engine]]. The Research Wiki has an integrated search engine that will search on any word or combination of words on any page. There is a search box on almost every page.  
*[[Help:Categories|Categories]]. Many pages have categories on the bottom of the page. You can click on a category to see related articles.
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*[[Help:Categories|Categories]]. Many pages have categories on the bottom of the page. You can click on a category to see related articles.  
*[[Help:Namespaces|Namespaces]]. There is a general structure to the Research Wiki called Namespaces. Most of the articles are in the Main Namespace, but you can find additional resources in other namespaces.
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*[[Help:Namespaces|Namespaces]]. There is a general structure to the Research Wiki called Namespaces. Most of the articles are in the Main Namespace, but you can find additional resources in other namespaces.  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:History of content organization, browsing, and categories|Geographical linking]]. Most of the articles in the Wiki are organized according to geographical jurisdiction and linked to related jurisdictions.  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:History of content organization, browsing, and categories|Geographical linking]]. Most of the articles in the Wiki are organized according to geographical jurisdiction and linked to related jurisdictions.  
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:History of content organization, browsing, and categories|Subject headings]]. Try searching for a topic such as probate or vital records. Some of the articles are organized by topic.
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:History of content organization, browsing, and categories|Subject headings]]. Try searching for a topic such as probate or vital records. Some of the articles are organized by topic.
  
===Reference Links===
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=== Reference Links ===
*[[Help:Subpages]]
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki : History of content organization, browsing, and categories]]
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*[[Help:Subpages]]  
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:History of content organization, browsing, and categories]]
  
==Finding information about a specific locality==
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== Finding information about a specific locality ==
  
Before you begin a search for information on a specific locality, it is a good idea to verify a connection between your ancestor and the locality. Here are some resources to assist you in finding and verifying locality information.
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Before you begin a search for information on a specific locality, it is a good idea to verify a connection between your ancestor and the locality. Here are some resources to assist you in finding and verifying locality information.  
  
*[[A New Genealogy Research Locality Tool]]
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*[[A New Genealogy Research Locality Tool]]  
*[[Locality Subject Subdivisions]]
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*[[Locality Subject Subdivisions]]  
*[[How to Get the Best Research Advice]]
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*[[How to Get the Best Research Advice]]  
*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]
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*[[Guessing the Easiest to Research Person and Event]]  
*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]
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*[[How to Guess Where to Start]]  
*[[How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor]]
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*[[How to Begin a Search for Your Ancestor]]  
 
*[[A Guide to Research]]
 
*[[A Guide to Research]]
  
It is always helpful to locate places on a map in order to see relationships and to support or deny a theory about the family's movements. Look at the basic Research Wiki page for [[Maps]]. Remember the online mapping programs.
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It is always helpful to locate places on a map in order to see relationships and to support or deny a theory about the family's movements. Look at the basic Research Wiki page for [[Maps]]. Remember the online mapping programs.  
  
==Finding information about a specific topic==
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== Finding information about a specific topic ==
  
The Research Wiki is partially organized by topic or subject as well as geographically. But each geographic area in the entire Wiki has its own list of topics. Here is a sample list from the general topic of the United States:
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The Research Wiki is partially organized by topic or subject as well as geographically. But each geographic area in the entire Wiki has its own list of topics. Here is a sample list from the general topic of the United States:  
  
Basic Search Strategies and Record Selection Table<br>
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Basic Search Strategies and Record Finder<br>  
  
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|Adoption
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| States and Capitols Map  
|African Americans
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|American Indians
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| American Indians  
|Archives and Libraries
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| Archives and Libraries  
|Bible Records
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| Bible Records
 
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|Biography
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| Biography  
|Cemeteries
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|Census
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|Church Records
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| Church Records  
|Correctional Institutions
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| Correctional Institutions  
|Court Records
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| Court Records
 
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|Database Websites
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| Database Websites  
|Directories
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| Directories  
|Emigration and Immigration
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| Emigration and Immigration
 
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|Funeral Homes
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| Funeral Homes  
|Gazetteers
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| Gazetteers  
|Genealogy
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| Genealogy
 
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|Handwriting
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| Handwriting  
|Historical Geography
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| Historical Geography  
|History
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| History
 
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|Land and Property
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| Land and Property  
|Maps
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| Maps  
|Migration
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| Migration
 
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|Military Records
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| Military Records  
|Minorities
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| Minorities  
|Naturalization and Citizenship
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| Naturalization and Citizenship
 
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|Newspapers
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| Newspapers  
|Obituaries
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| Obituaries  
|Occupations
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| Occupations
 
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|Periodicals
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| Periodicals  
|Probate Records
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| Probate Records  
|Societies
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| Societies
 
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|Timeline
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| Timeline  
|Taxation
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| Taxation  
|Town Records
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| Town Records
 
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|Vital Records
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| Vital Records  
|Voter Records
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| Voter Records  
|Other Records
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| Other Records
 
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Try looking for a specific geographic jurisdiction for a list of topics more directed at that location.
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Try looking for a specific geographic jurisdiction for a list of topics more directed at that location.  
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Latest revision as of 18:03, 12 March 2021

The Research Wiki is an interactive network of linked information about genealogy. The Research Wiki has individual pages, those with content about genealogy are referred to as articles.

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


There are some basic organizational structures that help users find information. These include:

  • Search engine. The Research Wiki has an integrated search engine that will search on any word or combination of words on any page. There is a search box on almost every page.
  • Categories. Many pages have categories on the bottom of the page. You can click on a category to see related articles.
  • Namespaces. There is a general structure to the Research Wiki called Namespaces. Most of the articles are in the Main Namespace, but you can find additional resources in other namespaces.
  • Geographical linking. Most of the articles in the Wiki are organized according to geographical jurisdiction and linked to related jurisdictions.
  • Subject headings. Try searching for a topic such as probate or vital records. Some of the articles are organized by topic.

Reference Links[edit | edit source]

Finding information about a specific locality[edit | edit source]

Before you begin a search for information on a specific locality, it is a good idea to verify a connection between your ancestor and the locality. Here are some resources to assist you in finding and verifying locality information.

It is always helpful to locate places on a map in order to see relationships and to support or deny a theory about the family's movements. Look at the basic Research Wiki page for Maps. Remember the online mapping programs.

Finding information about a specific topic[edit | edit source]

The Research Wiki is partially organized by topic or subject as well as geographically. But each geographic area in the entire Wiki has its own list of topics. Here is a sample list from the general topic of the United States:

Basic Search Strategies and Record Finder

States and Capitols Map Adoption African Americans
American Indians Archives and Libraries Bible Records
Biography Cemeteries Census
Church Records Correctional Institutions Court Records
Database Websites Directories Emigration and Immigration
Funeral Homes Gazetteers Genealogy
Handwriting Historical Geography History
Land and Property Maps Migration
Military Records Minorities Naturalization and Citizenship
Newspapers Obituaries Occupations
Periodicals Probate Records Societies
Timeline Taxation Town Records
Vital Records Voter Records Other Records

Try looking for a specific geographic jurisdiction for a list of topics more directed at that location.

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


Learn More About...[edit | edit source]

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