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==Welcome to the Ancestry.com Wiki==
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The Ancestry.com Wiki is a great place for family history education. Built on a solid foundation of genealogical reference material, the Ancestry.com Wiki is free to read, edit, add to, and discuss.
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|style="60%; padding-left: 1%;"|<p style="margin-bottom: -.5%;">[[file:Homepage.jpg|border|left|100px]]'''Welcome to the [[Main Page|Ancestry.com Family History Wiki]]'''</p><p style="margin-bottom: -1%; font-size: 90%;">A great place to learn more about family history</p><p style="margin-bottom: -1%; font-size: 90%;">A service from [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com]</p><p style="margin-bottom: -1%; font-size: 90%;">[[All about genealogy and family history - Ancestry.com Wiki:About Us|Learn more]]</p><p style="margin-bottom: -1%; font-size: 90%;">[[All about genealogy and family history - Ancestry.com Wiki:Getting Started|Get started]]</p>
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<div style="margin-left: 1.5%;">[[File: North-Carolina-lores.jpg|right|thumb|200px]]'''Greene County, North Carolina'''<p>Greene is a county in North Carolina. It was formed in 1791 (as Glasgow; renamed 1799) from Dobbs county. Greene began keeping birth records in 1913, marriage records in 1875, and death records in 1913. It began keeping land records in 1857, probate records in 1809, and court records in 1861. For more information, contact the county at 229 Kingold, Ste. D, Snow Hill 28580-1331. On the attached map, Greene is located at H3. Record loss, 1876. Records fragmented. [[Greene County, North Carolina|Read more...]]
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==What's in the Wiki?==
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The Ancestry.com Wiki is designed to be as useful to you as possible. If it’s not helping you do a better job in your research, then get involved, bring your own experience to the table, and encourage your fellow researchers to do the same. This is a community project. Get involved!
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Every change that is made is saved so if someone makes a change that turns out not to be right, it’s easy to revert to an earlier version. As users make changes, they include reasons for their changes, so that others can see what happened and why. If there is ever a conflict about a change, each article has a discussion page, where users can figure out the best way to go.
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Since '''the Ancestry.com Wiki is still in beta''', the best way to get involved is to just get reading, editing, and adding content. A wiki only works if it’s built atop a vibrant community. Ancestry.com has one of the best communities in the world and together, we will create the best resource for family history knowledge available.
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Revision as of 19:42, 25 June 2010

Welcome to the Ancestry.com Wiki

The Ancestry.com Wiki is a great place for family history education. Built on a solid foundation of genealogical reference material, the Ancestry.com Wiki is free to read, edit, add to, and discuss.

We are now accepting registrations! Join the fun.

Also, we now have some documentation in place. Check out Help:Contents for more.

The Ancestry.com Wiki is still in beta

What does this mean? It means that, though all the bells and whistles aren’t in place, we’re ready for you to take a look at what we have and even start adding your own stuff. This means a few important things:

  • You may occasionally run into some problems. If the problem keeps occurring, click Discussion on this wiki homepage and report the problem.
  • We are continuing to add more content and making changes, so keep your eye on the Recent changes page.

What's in the Wiki?

The Ancestry.com Wiki is made up of four kinds of fantastic content:

  • The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy has been called the bible of genealogy. Focusing mainly on record types and methodology, The Source is one of the best places to learn how to do genealogy. Now, the third edition of this book has been broken into easy-to-read articles. Explore it to learn more about
  • Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources looks at each state and offers an in-depth look at what records are available and where to go to find them. As one of the most valuable books in place-based research, it has helped researchers for more than 20 years. As with The Source, we’ve broken the third edition into great, easy-to-use sections, which include
    • state-by-state summaries of available records,
    • extensive tables of county resources,
    • incredible maps,
    • and more.
  • The Ancestry.com Wiki will also continue to add other great Ancestry.com content, including other books, how-to information, and original articles written by the experts.
  • Most importantly, the Ancestry.com Wiki includes content added by you. We know that each genealogist is an expert in his or her own field and we invite you share your expertise. If that means correcting some outdated information from one of our printed sources, that’s great. If it means writing a brand new article about a topic we haven’t covered yet, even better.

The Ancestry.com Wiki is designed to be as useful to you as possible. If it’s not helping you do a better job in your research, then get involved, bring your own experience to the table, and encourage your fellow researchers to do the same. This is a community project. Get involved!

How the wiki works

A wiki is a website that is editable by anyone. For example, Wikipedia is a wiki. Because anyone can edit, update, or add articles, a wiki can tap into the strengths and experience of a community.

The Ancestry.com Wiki is free for anyone to use.

Every change that is made is saved so if someone makes a change that turns out not to be right, it’s easy to revert to an earlier version. As users make changes, they include reasons for their changes, so that others can see what happened and why. If there is ever a conflict about a change, each article has a discussion page, where users can figure out the best way to go.

How to get involved

Since the Ancestry.com Wiki is still in beta, the best way to get involved is to just get reading, editing, and adding content. A wiki only works if it’s built atop a vibrant community. Ancestry.com has one of the best communities in the world and together, we will create the best resource for family history knowledge available.

Here are a few ways to get started:

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