How do I search the FamilySearch Research Wiki?

The Research Wiki allows you to conduct a search for family history articles. Most often you search by place or with key words. 


  1. Sign in to and click Search, and then Research Wiki.
  2. In the search box, type one or more key words or the title of the article you want to find, such as United States Census.
  3. Click the search icon .
  4. Review the list of articles in the search results.
  5. Click the title of the article you want to read.

The table below offers strategies to help you find information in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

What You KnowStrategy
The exact title of an articleEnter the full title in the search box. 
Keywords from an article that you read previouslySearch with keywords that you remember from the title or the body of the article.
General information about what you want to learnEnter these kinds of search terms:
  • The name of a place.
  • A record type.
  • A topic, such as Indians of North America, Germans in Pennsylvania, 1880 U.S. Census, or Illinois land and property records.

Near the bottom of every article, the word "Category" appears. To see a list of all articles in the category, click the name of the category. Search the list of articles in the category for similar or related articles.

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