FamilySearch Wiki has 90,000 Articles Published

FamilySearch announced that the FamilySearch Wiki has published its 90,000th help article. More are added weekly. This free Wiki launched 12 years ago to help FamilySearch patrons with their personal family history research questions. 

The FamilySearch Research Wiki operates similarly to Wikipedia. Both wikis allow people to edit and create articles collaboratively. The majority of the content on the FamilySearch Research Wiki is is produced by staff and volunteers of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The inspiration for content comes from patron interactions and questions and the ever-expanding historical record collections of FamilySearch.

So far in 2019, the wiki has had millions of viewers and 18 million page views. Nearly 7,600 new articles have already been published this year. The top five countries using the wiki are the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, and Germany.

The top five most popular articles in 2019 are:

Online Genealogy Records by Location Worldwide

United States Genealogy

United States Death Records

Surname Distribution Maps

United States Census Online Genealogy Records

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is not a replacement for genealogical work. You won’t be able to do a search by ancestral names on the wiki. Instead, the wiki is to be used to find research strategies and to get suggestions for records and resources that are most likely to help you find your ancestors.

It is possible to participate in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. You can submit an article, start your own project, or help to edit the wiki. The way to start is by visiting the page called Get Involved in FamilySearch Wiki Projects. Those who have had some experience working on Wikipedia, or other wikis, will probably find it pretty easy to start working on the FamilySearch Research Wiki. 

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