Help:Wiki University Main Page

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2. Wiki Introduction
3. Purpose of Wiki
4. Appropriate Topics
5. Wiki Main Page
6. Main Page (Cont.)
7. Research Wiki Tabs
8. Guiding Principles
9. Policies
10. Conditions of Use
11. Manual of Style
12. Article Anatomy
13. How to Contribute
14. My Preferences
15. How to Edit
16. Research in the Wiki

Main page of FamilySearch Wiki


World Map

  • The map of the world on this page is clickable, i.e., if you click on any part of the map, it will take you to a page displaying the countries for that region.
  • By clicking on a country name, you will be taken to an article with information about what genealogical materials are available for that country.
  • A search by place or topic/keyword can be entered in the search box to the left of the World Map. See "Search Tips:" below search box.

New to Genealogy?


Clicking on the link will take you to a page with a description of the research process and links to articles for each step of the process. Click here to see the research process page.

New to the Wiki?


Clicking on the link will take you to a page listing many articles on how to use the Wiki. Click here to see the list of articles.

Want to Help?


Clicking on the link will take you to a page listing how you can participate in developing the Wiki. Not only can you add articles to the Wiki or edit the Wiki, but you can get involved in projects.

  • Projects are efforts to either fix a problem that exists on many pages or add pages that deal with a particular subject.
  • Click here to see a list of some of the projects that are in progress.

Foreign language Wikis

  • At the bottom of the page, you will notice that the Wiki is in 10 other languages.


  • The Wiki languages are (in the order shown in the template):

English | German | Spanish | French | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Swedish | Chinese

  • Some are developed to an extent; others are just beginning.
  • If you know any of these languages, you could help to develop these non-English Wikis.

Try these out


Do these exercises from the main page of the Wiki.

  • In the search box, type in "Missouri." Check out some of the articles listed there.
  • Under "New to the Wiki," how many articles are listed?
  • Under "Want to Help," how many projects are shown with images?
  • In which box will you find a link to the article "Principles and Policies?"
  • What is the fourth step in the research process?
  • What are the three kinds of projects listed in "All Projects by Topic?"

Quick Quiz
  • If you want to know if a particular topic is ok in the Wiki, read the article "Principles and Policies."
  • If you reject a posting of a patron's genealogy, you would quote from Guiding Principles and Policies when you contact them to state why their posting was removed.
  • There are six language Wikis
  • Fixing broken links is not one of the projects pointed out on the projects page.