Help:Wiki Basics

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 15:40, 21 July 2011 by Evancol (talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

Welcome to the Wiki community.  Whether you are researching or contributing, the items below will help you get started.  

Navigation Menu

On the left side of the page, you may see a purple navigation box with a Table of Contents in it.  You can click on any heading in that table and be taken to that heading on the  page. 
On the right side of every page, you will see a purple navigation menu.  The Toolbox, Community and Personal Tools boxes expand by clicking on the small arros on the right side of the name.

Registering on the Wiki

You do not need to be registered to look at any Wiki article.  However, if you want to add information, or ask a question, you must register.  If you are signed in the Wiki, it will timeout after 2 hours idle.  

Help:How to Register with the Wiki

Setting Your Preferences

You can customize your Wiki experience using your Personal Tools.


User Page

The User Page is where you have the opportunity to share information about yourself, or your research interests.  This is a great way to get to know a little about a contributor to an article, or even find someone with the same interests.  It also gives other users a way to communicate with you.

Help:User page

Watching a Page

If you are researching in a specific area, or have a page that interests you, you may want to "Watch" that page.  If you are watching a page, you will be notified any time that page is edited.  This is a great way to keep up with the latest information available.



This feature allows you to determine how you are notified when there are changes to pages you are watching.


Discussion Pages

All Wiki articles will have an associated Discussion Page that you can access via a tab at the top left of your page.  This page is where you leave a comment or question about the content of that page.

Help:Discussion Pages (Talk Pages)


If you have a research question, or a question about editing the Wiki, ask it at the FamilySearch Forums. There are genealogists to help you with a research item, and very experienced Wiki users to help with an editing question.  


 Detailed Help

If you are ready to begin, you can choose one of the links below if you would like detailed instructions on the Wiki.

Doing Research on the Wiki

Contributing to the Wiki