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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!

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 If that means correcting some outdated information from one of our printed sources, that’s great.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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