The Family History Research Wiki (Also Known As the FamilySearch Research Wiki or the FamilySearch Wiki ) Provides handbook reference information, and educational items to help genealogists find and interpret records of Their ancestors . [1] [2] It is a free-access, free-content , Internet encyclopedia on a wiki , hosted as part of the FamilySearch website. It is sponsored by FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, and a genealogical arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . [3] Anyone with access to the Internet may read any of the over 82,850 articles, and almost all articles can be edited by registered users (contributors). Registration is free.


Most of the articles in this Wiki are about a place such as a town, county, state, province, or nation. Such articles suggest how to research records for information about ancestors in that jurisdiction. Every nation has one article. United States, Canada, and Europe. So far, there are comparatively fewer pages for Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

Contributors are invited to add any information about places to help researchers find, use, or better understand an ancestor’s records. For example, information about local record idiosyncrasies, records gaps or record-loss, jurisdictional boundary changes, records more effectively, is encouraged. Reference information about local jurisdictions, contact information, record start and stop dates, repositories, social life and customs.

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Other types of pages [4] in Family History Research Wiki are about:

  • Record types (like census , church , land , or vital records): descriptions, how to find them, and how to interpret them
  • Short articles describing how to use a specific source like the Hamburg Passenger Lists, or Ontario Land Records
  • That sections explain how to corroborate multiple sources similar Such As Tracing Immigrant Origins or US military records
  • Finding aids about specific reference tools and how to use them effectively
  • Ethnic, religious, or political groups research
  • Descriptions of significant repositories: libraries, archives, societies, museums, or Family History Centers with material of value to genealogical researchers
  • How to use genealogical software programs
  • Research methodology-teaching the strategies or techniques for finding ancestors
  • Migration routes, ports, rivers, canals, trails, roads, and railroads
  • 20 foreign-language word lists which give English translations of phrases typically found in genealogical documents
  • Letter-writing guides to help researchers write letters in foreign languages ​​to local record repositories
  • Handwriting guides help readers understand old forms of handwriting or foreign alphabets
  • calendar information might be listed qui In Some genealogical documents, for example Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for Sweden
  • Blank genealogical forms as pedigree charts
  • Genealogical databases online
  • Links to video lessons about how-to-do genealogical research
  • Illustrations in articles frequently include maps, clickable maps, repository images, flags, and record types

The Family History Research Wiki is a database of ancestors’ names, pictures, family stories, or pedigrees . Nor is it a place for genealogical queries, or message boards-however, it often explains and then links to such sites. Advertising, or product reviews would be inappropriate. Religious doctrines, church policies, and religious images of the Family History Research Wiki except where they directly impact genealogical research. [5]

Content history

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a family history center called Family History Centers . These centers have volunteer staff who offer free research advice to visitors. To help those volunteers better answer questions about research, a series of “research outlines” and other publications by the Family History Library were developed starting about 1988. [4] When the Family History Research was launched in late 2007, the electronic copies of The old paper publications of the Family History Library were immediately transferred into the wiki to become part of over 162 new articles. Of these articles, 86 were front-page-articles each linked to about 25 closely related topical sub-pages. For example, the front-page New Jersey Genealogy section Was linked directly to the associated Biography New Jersey, New Jersey Cemeteries, and New Jersey Census pages, Among Others. Much of the early structure and phrasing of the wiki can be attributed to these publications. The old paper “research outlines” was the original kernel from which the Family History Research Wiki has grown.

Platform history

The Family History Research Wiki was launched 14 December 2007 when the main page was first edited. [6] The wiki began on Plone wiki software. However, it was soon discovered that MediaWiki software would be a better platform, so in January 2008 it was moved to the MediaWiki 1.17.1. [7] In late March 2016 it was moved to a newer, more-stable Wiki platform, WikiMedia 1.23.10, which does not require much attention from FamilySearch computer engineers. [8]


Following the English language edition, the Family History Research Wiki has been rolled out in other languages. As of July 2014 it is available in 11 languages: [9]

  • English
  • Deutsch (German)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • French (French)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • 中文 (Chinese)

Links to the other language Wiki homepage . As of March 7, 2016 the Family History Research Wiki in French had 150,561 registered users who had helped create over 82,858 articles. [10]


The Family History Research Wiki has over 100 million views per year. [11] During most months it is usually the second-most frequently visited part of FamilySearch , its host site. Wider use of this Wiki in the genealogical community. This resource has-been Discussed by expert how-to-book authors, [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] in periodicals, [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] by instructors at genealogical conferences and classes, [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28] on Internet sites [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] in blogs, [36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43] [44 ] [45] [46] [47] and even on talk radio. [48]

James Tanner in 2014 on his genealogy Star blog said the Family History Research Wiki “is the most valuable genealogical resource on the Web. [49]

Christine Hitchmough in her 2016 lesson “FamilySearch: Using the Wiki” explained “Because of the lack of knowledge in all localities, records, languages, or ethnic groups, the purpose of the FamilySearch Wiki is to collaborate and share knowledge that is designed to “” Genealogy, “” Genealogy, “” Genealogy, “” Genealogy, “” Genealogy, “” Genealogy, “” [50]

The Federation of Genealogical Societies in 2014 uses their blogtalkradio hour “mysociety” to explain how to leverage a society’s website by adding a Family History Research Wiki article linking to their home page. [51]

The London FamilySearch Center in the Reading Room at the National Archives near Kew Gardens, England wrote in March 2015, “The Research Wiki is a work in progress. Are the genealogical community! You may know from a database or information not already listed in the wiki. ” [52]


The Wiki Governance Council on Family History Research Wiki. Its purpose is to provide a valuable and productive experience for all Wiki users. [53]


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  8. Jump up^ Danielle Batson, e-mail “RE: What will the new software platform be?” To G. David Dilts, 8 March 2016.
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  10. Jump up^ StatisticsinFamily History Research Wiki(accessed 7 March 2016).
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  31. Jump up^ Free Mormon GenealogyinAncestor Search(accessed 9 March 2016). Short basic description of this wiki.
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