This page is designed to help you navigate the Genealogy Wiki, and make use of its capabilities for displaying and sharing your family heritage. A wiki is a group of linked web pages that anyone who can type can edit. There are over 2,500 operational wikis in the Wikia.com community on the internet, all built around the same premise of collaborative efforts. You can review existing content, or add new content, depending on your needs and interests.
This Wiki is designed to let people create and improve articles about their ancestors and to help find records and relatives.
You may find information you need about an ancestor in an article that someone else previously placed. If you find that you know something about a person in an existing article, but it isn't already covered, feel free to add that information. No one will mind. In fact, we want you to edit these articles. If you have something new to say about the subject---or maybe you just know how to say something better (typo corrections are always welcomed)---just click the "Edit" tab on the article, and edit away, then "Preview" then "Save". You can't make an irretrievable mistake; everything is backed up and recoverable in case of need. If you have a query, hit the "Talk" tab for that page and put the query.
You may even want to create an article yourself. In fact, we hope you will! That's because it's through the creation of such articles that this site grows and becomes a resource of benefit to many. If you follow our simple naming conventions, your page will have a good chance of being found by someone doing a search or browsing the categories.
This site has three major purposes:
The boxes below this one provide help for each of those functions along with ways you may help other researchers. The "Login and registration" section near the end is intended to give users a pointer to the site registration page.
Finding things on the wiki
Find pages containing specific names of people or places; or years; or any significant word
Each of the above has its advantages and disadvantages. See some additional guidance.
Index of surnames
Click here to select a surname for which you would like to see an index.
There are also a few "Special Projects" that have been developed around certain research areas. There aren't many of these, but we can expect more to be added in the near future. Anyone can create one. Discussion at Genealogy talk:Portals.
Browse the categories
Start at the top category and run down any line of subcategories that interests you.
Try Special:Random — or the "Random page" link in the sidebar — several times in succession, for a possibly dazzling run all over the place! (Genealogy is fun.)
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