FamilySearch Wiki Reaches an Important Milestone

October 3, 2013  - by 

FamilySearch has reached a significant milestone. Last week, the 75,000th article was published in the Research Wiki. The Wiki is like having a worldwide encyclopedia of genealogy knowledge at your fingertips. This is really big news!



What is the FamilySearch Research Wiki?

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a free online guide explaining how to find ancestors in different time periods and places all around the world. Originally based on the Family History Library’s Research Outlines, the FamilySearch Research Wiki has expanded over the past five years to help you learn how to use records in places like:

How can the Wiki help me?

The Wiki is a self-help system. You can find answers to questions patrons may have such as:

  1. How do I find Kentucky death records?
  2. How do I find a birth record for someone born in England between 1837 and 2013?
  3. How do I develop solid research skills?

Many librarians and staff at Family History Centers use the Wiki to find additional resources available above and beyond what is listed in the FamilySearch Catalog. For example, if you were trying to identify Barbados census records you would learn the most by checking both:


How do I find the Wiki on the FamilySearch Website?


How can I help the Wiki?

You can help the Wiki by:

  1. Adding your research knowledge. Click here to learn how to edit.
  2. Using the Wiki in Family History Centers and patrons’ homes to answer research questions.

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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  1. I have an ancestor, Jon Josef Bedizek, or Bedichek, who married Elizabeth Ross in Canton Berne, Switzerland. This marriage occurred in 1799 but I can’t find a single way to research genealogy in Switzerland. Any tips, or any help? Thanks Jerry

  2. I really enjoyed this helpful article, but could you tell me the difference between the two Barbados searches. Was there meant to be no difference? Maybe I misunderstood the wording that one might find additional information by search in both, but they both took me to the same location with the same link and information. I did not actually but them side by side, but they seemed to be the same. Is there a difference between the two searches and this is just an error in the link. I am anxious to learn more about the Wiki.

    1. Hi Joyce,

      Thanks for your question. The link in the article takes you to the Wiki.

      Here is the link to the Barbados entries on FamilySearch Catalog:

      You understood correctly, you will find the resources listed in (1) the Catalog, and (2) the Wiki are very different lists.

      The general idea, is, use both the FamilySearch Catalog and the Wiki when identifying what sources are available for a particular place.