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This is a project to help professional genealogists market themselves for free on FamilySearch Wiki.

Get noticed. It's free!

In 2011, FamilySearch Wiki received an average of 306,076 unique visitors per month. How many Websites attract that many genealogy visitors and allow a researcher to list his professional services for free?

Why promote professional genealogists on the wiki?

One purpose of FamilySearch Wiki is to help patrons find the records of their ancestors. The wiki already has tens of thousands of links to digitized records that require an access fee. Linking to professional researchers that can provide similar records is no more commercial, and gives the patron one more way to access his ancestors' records. To learn more about why FamilySearch is doing this project, please visit the discussion page.

Bird's eye view

User pages as résumés

On a wiki, the system assigns each registered user a user page. Most wiki contributors add to their user pages information about their background and about information they contribute to the wiki. But the idea behind this project is for each professional genealogist to add to his user page the sort of information that might help a patron decide whether they'd like to hire him. This may include the following information:

  • Genealogical education
  • Professional and volunteer experience
  • Credentials
  • Specialties
  • Services & Rates
  • Contact information

Many professionals also like to display longer items such as samples of client reports, research plans, or customer testimonials, and these can be included on sub-pages attached to the professional's user page.

Linking to your user page from directory pages

To help patrons find each professional's individual user page, the wiki will link to them from other pages such as Professional Genealogists Who Specialize in Ohio Research.

Linking from topic pages to directory pages

To make it even easier for patrons to find professional help, links to these directory pages would be created from other existing wiki pages. So a page like Ohio Vital Records would contain a link to Professional Genealogists Who Specialize in Ohio Research. The link's wording might be something like "For a list of professional genealogists who can procure vital records, see Professional Genealogists Who Specialize in Ohio Research." To see a list of all the topic pages that might link to a directory page of researchers for a single locality, see the page written about the locality itself. For example, to see a list of links of all the topicpages for Ohio, go to the Ohio page and see the list of Topics there. 

Appropriate marketing on FamilySearch Wiki

  • Post your professional genealogy education (degree), credentials, experience, associations, and business license compliance on your user page.
  • Attach sub-pages to your user page which include descriptions of services offered, examples of research proposals and client reports, and customer testimonials.

Inappropriate marketing on FamilySearch Wiki

  • Don't add an entry to a page like Ohio Vital Records that says "Joe Genius is a professional genealogist who does fee-based vital records lookups in Ohio vital records. Click here to go to his user page and see his services and fee schedule."
  • Don't use FamilySearch copyrighted materials or images in any pages you make to promote your business. Some patrons may incorrectly interpret this to mean that FamilySearch endorses your business. 

Want to help?

We're interested in collaborating with members of the professional community to figure out ways to enable marketing of a professional's services on the wiki. Sign up here if you'd like to help brainstorm ideas. You can also add your ideas to the Discussion page.This page is not the place to advertise. This page is for organizing those who wish to help build the various wiki pages that will point wiki patrons towards professionals who can help them. 

Sign up here by logging in, clicking the Edit link in the navigation bar, adding three tildes (~~~) to the table below, and clicking Save.

user name



How to help

Ritcheymt Michael Ritchey

FamilySearch Any
Michaelhait Michael Hait    
Daudwp Darris Williams FamilySearch

Collection Development

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG(sm)

Brycehrogers Bryce H. Rogers, BA I am a professional genealogist. BA in Family History from BYU ( collaboration with the professional genealogy community
Scotsgen Chris Halliday ScotlandsGenealogy
Professional Genealogist


Don Challis Challis Genealogical Research


Kim Melchior  Accredited Genealogist

Scandinavian Genealogical Research Center

Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish Professional research
Rusgenproject Kirill Chashchin
Russian Genealogical Project

Russia, Ukraine, Siberia, China

Rootsonomy Jim Heddell Professional researcher with FamlySearch and North America and Europe
Melanie532 Melanie D. Holtz, CG Holtz Research Services dba Lo Schiavo Genealogica Specializing in Italian Research