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Importance of Links[edit | edit source]

Linking through hyperlinks is an important feature of the wiki. External links help the user find relevant resources in the external World Wide Web and Internal links help bind FamilySearch wiki into an interconnected whole.

Two Kinds of Links[edit | edit source]

There are two kinds of links in the Wiki: External and Internal.

  • External links are to sites outside of FamilySearch Wiki.
  • Internal links are to pages inside of FamilySearch Wiki.

External Links[edit | edit source]


External links are created by placing the URL [1] of the link inside of one set of opening and closing square brackets with a space separating the URL and the name you want to give the link:

[ Wikipedia]

  • NOTICE one square bracket on either side of the link.
  • NOTICE space between org and Wikipedia.
  • NOTICE all external links must contain a name.
  • NOTICE the little box to the right with the small arrow point upwards. That little box tells you that the link is an external link.

This is how the external link looks on the page:



All links whether internal or external are blue. If you put your mouse over the link an underline will appear as well. If the link is red or black something is wrong, which we will cover in the next chapter.
Be advised that the FamilySearch website is considered an external link and would be coded accordingly, in this manner: [ FamilySearch]

Internal Links[edit | edit source]

Internal linking.gif
  • Internal Links are created with double square brackets on either side of the page name in FamilySearch Wiki separated by a pipe from the name we want to give the link like so:

[[Missouri, United States Genealogy|Missouri]]

  • NOTICE double square brackets on either end of the link.
  • NOTICE pipe separating the page name and the name of the link.
  • NOTICE internal links do not require a name. The name defaults to the page title, however, you can change the name to one that you feel is shorter or more appropriate using the pipe separator.
  • NOTICE there is no little box with an arrow to the right of it. When you place your mouse over the word, the text turns blue and a line appears under the word. This lets you know it is an internal link.

This is how the internal link appears on the page:


Linking to Headers[edit | edit source]

You can link directly to a section of a page. If you want to link only to Additional Resources section on the Missouri, United States Genealogy page, for example, type a pound sign after the page name followed by the name of the section header:

[[Missouri Genealogy#Additional Resources]]

  • NOTICE there is no spaces when adding the pound sign (#) between the page name and the name of the section.

This is how it appears on a page:

Missouri, United States Genealogy

  • You can find examples of linking to headers in the Reference sections of many Research Wiki pages. Check out Adam's county references for an example.

E-mail links[edit | edit source]

One can request more information about a topic by sending an e-mail to a specific website. We can link to the e-mail address at that website using the following format:

[mailto:Sitename@Domain User-defined-Name]
  • NOTICE the mailto: coding is an external link (inside of single square brackets with a space separating the link from the name).
  • NOTICE the Sitename@Domain is equivalent to an e-mail address like
  • NOTICE the User-defined-name is just a name one desires to display.

Here is an example of what a link might look like in the Wiki:

Email: []

The Wiki Manual of Style shows us how it should be displayed and the Wiki Ohio Societies page provides an illustration.

Try these out[edit | edit source]

  • Create a link to Wikipedia
  • Create a link to
  • Create a link to Kentucky Genealogy in the Wiki
  • Create a link to California Genealogy in the Wiki
  • Create a link to the section "Additional Resources" on the Missouri Genealogy page.
  • Create a link to the section "Topics" on the Glamorgan page.
  • Create a link to

Quick Quiz
  • How many square brackets for Internal Links?
A. One
B. Two
  • How many square brackets are necessary for external links?
A. One
B. Two
  • How do you separate the name of an Internal link from the page name?
A. Put a space between them.
B. Put a pipe between them.
  • How do you link to a section of a page?
A. Put a pipe between the page name and the section.
B. Put a pound sign between the page name and the section.

  1. URL means Uniform Resource Identifier and is the generic term to identify web sites on the Internet