FamilySearch Research Wiki Publishes 90,000th Article

August 30, 2019  - by 

This summer, the FamilySearch Research Wiki published its 90,000th wiki article—a major milestone since its humble beginnings nearly 12 years ago.

The wiki teaches researchers how to use genealogical records and where those records are kept, This summer, the FamilySearch Research Wiki published its 90,000th wiki article—a major milestone since its humble beginnings nearly 12 years ago. whether online or in repositories. This resource helps people research their own families by connecting them to the best information and databases available.

In celebration of this major achievement, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite things in the wiki. We’ve done this by providing examples of questions you might have and the wiki pages that can help answer those questions.

Country Wiki Pages

I want to know more about Mexico and its resources. Where do I go?

Screenshot of Mexican Genealogy page

You can go to the Mexico Genealogy wiki article to help answer some of your Mexican family history questions. To find information on other countries, go to the Browse by Country page. There, you can find some of the following articles:

United States Genealogy

Germany Genealogy

England Genealogy

Sweden Genealogy

Historical Records Wiki Pages

I’m searching the South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records collection on FamilySearch.org. Where do I go for more information about this collection?

You can discover more about each historical records collection by selecting the collection you wish to view (you can find a list of historical records collections here) and clicking Learn More on the records detail page. You will be redirected to a wiki article about the record collection you are viewing.

Historical records collections screenshot
A screenshot of a Learn more article.

For this example, the Learn More option takes you to the wiki article South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive). However, you can find more information about any record collection you view by following similar steps.

Learn more about a few of FamilySearch’s historical records collections:

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Claim Records

United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards

United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894–1954

Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Index

New York, Passenger Arrival Lists Ellis Island

Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization

Massachusetts Birth Records

United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books

United states, Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans

Guided Research Wiki Pages

I haven’t researched in Massachusetts before, where do I start?

A guided research for online records screenshot

Check out the guided research wiki article for Massachusetts.

For a map of Guided Research experiences, visit Guided Research for Online Records.

If you don’t see an article above that applies to your research, remember that there are 90,000 articles in the wiki.  You can search for them on the FamilySearch Research Wiki home page. You can also learn more about the research wiki here and how to use it.

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