Help:Contributor Help

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Getting Started as a New Contributor

Copyright by author: Andrew Hampe (under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License)
Welcome! Thank you for your willingness to come and contribute your knowledge to help genealogists everywhere find their ancestors.

The following will help you get started (click the links to learn more about each item): 

  1. Register for an account (you may already have one if you use other or web sites)
  2. Take the Wiki Tour or visit a New Wiki Contributors Training Meeting to learn more about ways you can contribute
  3. Edit your first page by:
    • Sharing something you know about where you live
    • Adding information about a place you are currently researching
    • Joining an ongoing project
      (The links below will help you get started)
  4. Edit your user page to tell others a little about yourself.
Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

The Family Search Wiki is a collaborative community effort. Your contributions are welcome on every page. 

Getting Started - Wiki Lessons

Review interactive courses to teach you how to contribute to the wiki.  Each lesson takes approximately 15-20 minutes:

Each one contains:

  • A basic explanation of how to perform a task.
  • A video demonstration (the same demonstrations listed in the Video Demonstrations section below)
  • Practice exercises
  • Handouts with step-by-step instructions and pictures
  • Check Your Learning quizzes

Getting Started - Video Demonstrations

You can also watch shorter 3-5 minute videos on each topic:

Getting Started - Contributor Help Articles


Citing Sources


Wiki Guidelines


Creating and Naming Pages

Watching Pages


Help-content.png Questions?
Visit the Wiki Contributor Help Forum to receive help with contributing to the Wiki.

  Join the Community

Community Links

Community Projects

Community Support

Community Meetings

  1. New Wiki Contributors Training Meeting
  2. Wiki Contributors Meeting
  3. Technical Meeting

Intermediate/Advanced - Help Articles

Advanced Editing


Naming, Renaming, and Redirecting Pages



Additional Guidance


  • Research  -  Ask your general or specific research questions of Family Search genealogists.
  • Contributor Help -  This is where you can ask "how to" questions you cannot find answers for.
  • Contributor's Corner   -  Participate in Wiki decision making, vote in polls concerning policy, format and other issues, and discuss relevant topics.
  • Feedback and Suggestions  -  Have a great suggestion to help make the Wiki better ?  Want to give feedback on the Wiki operation, governance or design ?   This is the place to do it.

Avoiding Disputes

Wiki Governance