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This is a list of frequently asked questions about using and contributing to FamilySearch Research Wiki. If your question is not answered on this page, use the search box above or browse the various FAQ pages

How do I create a new page?[edit | edit source]

Before being able to create a new page, it is required that you have a FamilySearch account. For help creating your account, see: "Learn How to Register".
For assistance with creating a new page, see: "How to Create an Article on FamilySearch Wiki".

Why has my article been deleted?[edit | edit source]

The find out why an article has been removed is by viewing the deletion log. Here you find the information regarding why the decision (and action) was made to delete it.
    • NOTE: Enter the exact name of the article in the Title box, including the capitalization that was used.**

How do I change the name of an article?[edit | edit source]

When using the Visual Editor, on the editing toolbar (located at the top of the editing page), select: Page Options > Advanced Settings. Here you will find the option to change the Article's Title.

How do I change my Username or delete my account?[edit | edit source]

In order to delete an unwanted account, you may send an e-mail to support@familysearch.org, with Subject: Request for Account Deletion. Please, be sure to include your name and the Username of the account to be removed. You may also call FamilySearch Support for help, (see: 113123).

How do I cite FamilySearch Wiki as a source?[edit | edit source]

A Help page dedicated to this subject will (hopefully) be available soon.

Who wrote article [X] on FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

Seldom, is an article on the Wiki, the product of one person. An individual person may have gotten the idea and started the article, but other contributors join in to make changes to the original, by adding to or submitting changes, to the content in an effort to improve the information the article provides.

Each article page contains a series of links located in the top-right corner, below the title that read: (View | Edit | Edit Source | History) This is the Article Menu. To find all of the Users who contributed to a specific article:

  1. Select the History link from the page of the article. This will bring you to a page with search options, along with a list of Users.
  2. This list consists of all users who have made any edits / changes to the article since the page's creation. They are listed from most recent to oldest.
  3. For article pages that have had many changes made to it, select the link showing the largest number at the bottom of the page. Once this link is selected, scroll to the last username shown on the page; this will be the page creator.
      • Optionally, you may also select the link titled "oldest", found in the navigation menu. This will then order the list of user edits from oldest to most recent.
  4. Each individual entry in the list, allows you several options for viewing the article's history. Read the description seen above the Edit History list, for instructions as to how each selection works.

Who owns FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

Why am I having trouble logging in?[edit | edit source]