The FamilySearch Wiki is home to thousands of helpful articles and resources to make genealogy research easier for you. A terrific, though sometimes underutilized, resource within the FamilySearch Wiki are the FamilySearch Historical Records articles. Not sure what the Historical Records articles are? That’s okay! Here are the top 3 reasons these articles are going to be your favorite research resource:
- They describe Historical Records collections. Is it frustrating going through collection after collection of historical records and not knowing what you could find? The Historical Records articles can tell you! Look for the “Record Description”, “Record Content”, and “How to Use the Record” sections to tell you a little more about the collection and the documents you’ll find.
- They provide research tips if you get stuck. Keep an eye out for the “Unable to Find Your Ancestor?” and “Tips to Keep in Mind” sections as well as other research tips the historical records articles provide. These sections can help you with research tips on how to find an ancestor who may not be as easily found in the historical records collections.
- They point you towards translation help. You’re researching Italian records but don’t speak or read the language. No need to worry! The “For Help Reading These Records” section can direct you to translation helps within the FamilySearch Wiki. Various articles also provide sample images with some translation done. Language helps are indispensable to genealogical research. How else could anyone research genealogical records in other languages? Use the resources linked in the Historical Records articles and you’ll get some great helps!
If you have yet to utilize the Historical Records articles in your genealogy research, it will be worth your time to start! From the landing page of any Historical Records collection, simply click the “Learn More” link to be directed to that collection’s article within the FamilySearch Wiki. You’ll be glad you did!