When
searching for your ancestors, have you ever needed help finding a birth or
military record? Do you know what types of records were kept in your ancestors’
birth country and how to find these records?

It would be great if you could look in one place to find the answers to these questions. Well, you can! The Research Wiki on FamilySearch makes it simple to find where and when records were kept and if they are online. 

What Exactly Is the Research Wiki, and Where Do You Find It?  

The Research
Wiki is a free, online family history guide. It lists websites, shows different
strategies to learn more about your family, and suggests records and resources
to help you find ancestors from all over the world.  

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Wiki articles
explain how to use records, what the records contain, and how to find them—and it
does that for countries all around the world. Although you do
not search for an ancestor by name in the Research Wiki, you learn the best
places to search. You can also use the wiki as a reference for learning which
types of records will help you find your ancestor.

How to Locate the Research Wiki

From the main page of FamilySearch, click Search. Then choose the last option, Research Wiki. The main page of the Research Wiki will open.

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Finding Records

Type in a country where you know your ancestors lived.

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A landing page for the country should pop up or be in the
first few search results. This landing page is like “one-stop shopping” for
your family history research. It shows you how to get started and directs you
to helpful research tools. The sidebar on the right lists record types and
topics pertinent to research in that country.

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Each country page also has a blue Online Records
button that will take you to a list of record databases—places where you can
search for your ancestors’ records online.

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This list will often include places where you can find
birth, marriage, and death records—but they might also include church,
military, and immigration records and much more, depending on what is available
for that country. To provide you with all available options, the wiki links to
both free and subscription databases. Websites labeled with a ($) require a
subscription to use.

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To provide you with all available options, the wiki links to both free and subscription databases. Websites labeled with a ($) require a subscription to use.

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The Research Wiki is a treasure trove for all research skill levels! It has over 90,000 articles with worldwide information and tools for beginners as well as for those who are more experienced.

Will the FamilySearch Research Wiki help you find your ancestors? Click to here to start your journey.


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