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The Research Wiki must be written from a [[FamilySearch Wiki:Neutral point of view|neutral point of view]], representing fairly and without bias all significant views of family history related topics that have been published by reliable sources. This allows those who use and depend on the knowledge contained within the Research Wiki to see and try all techniques and suggestions for finding records about their ancestors. Neutral point of view also requires the citation of sources that are authoritative and verifiable. Avoid personal points of view, personal opinion, personal experiences, or arguments. The Research Wiki is not the place to include personal testimonials, stories of research success, or advertising platforms. Overly religious, political, ethnic, cultural, historic, and nationalistic discussions can tend to be biased and one-sided. They rarely apply to family history research, records, or instruction. The best way to avoid being personal or dogmatic is to write with a neutral point of view and cite authoritative sources for the ideas you express. Strive to fairly explain any competing points of view that differ from your own. Even though this site is sponsored by a religious entity, it is neither reviewed nor correlated for doctrinal correctness and therefore should not become a forum for doctrinal discussions or discourses—even ones that are purely informational in nature. Other sites may exist for this purpose, especially [https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org www.churchofjesuschrist.org], and may be linked to within the Research Wiki.
  
FamilySearch Wiki is about how to find, use, and analyze records of genealogical value. Its articles should be written in a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:NPOV neutral point of view] to the fullest extent possible. However, genealogical advice is subjective by nature. What are the three best record sources to find the parents of an ancestor who lived in Pennsylvania in 1883? Ask two experts and you're likely to get two different answers.
 
 
That's where community comes in. The reliability of subjective articles increases as more experts join in conversation. Any article that should be reviewed for its neutrality can be flagged with the {{tl|Pov}} template.
 
  
 
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*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles]]
 
*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles]]
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Latest revision as of 15:51, 5 February 2020

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The Research Wiki must be written from a neutral point of view, representing fairly and without bias all significant views of family history related topics that have been published by reliable sources. This allows those who use and depend on the knowledge contained within the Research Wiki to see and try all techniques and suggestions for finding records about their ancestors. Neutral point of view also requires the citation of sources that are authoritative and verifiable. Avoid personal points of view, personal opinion, personal experiences, or arguments. The Research Wiki is not the place to include personal testimonials, stories of research success, or advertising platforms. Overly religious, political, ethnic, cultural, historic, and nationalistic discussions can tend to be biased and one-sided. They rarely apply to family history research, records, or instruction. The best way to avoid being personal or dogmatic is to write with a neutral point of view and cite authoritative sources for the ideas you express. Strive to fairly explain any competing points of view that differ from your own. Even though this site is sponsored by a religious entity, it is neither reviewed nor correlated for doctrinal correctness and therefore should not become a forum for doctrinal discussions or discourses—even ones that are purely informational in nature. Other sites may exist for this purpose, especially www.churchofjesuschrist.org, and may be linked to within the Research Wiki.


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