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This page is an easy step-by-step tutorial to follow for those who need help using this Wikia.

Editing a wikiEdit

A wiki is a type of website that anyone can edit. If you can type and click, you can edit almost every page on this Wikia site. (Pages you cannot edit include stuff for administrators, so you don't really need to be concerned about those.)

To edit part of a page, click the [edit] button on a section title. You can also edit a whole page at once using the "edit" tab or button at the top or side of the page. When the edit box opens, type away just as in a wordprocessing program (with minor variations). Then hit the Preview button, then the Save button.

For more information on editing, see our Help:Editing page.

Now that you know the basics, you may want to create a page about one or more of your ancestors. But first, if you do not have an account, it is recommended that you create one. Why?.

Creating pages about peopleEdit

Before creating an article on your ancestors, check whether there may be some pages about them already created.

Start with the "Search" box. Type your ancestor's name in, then click "Go" or hit your Enter key. If you recognize a name, click on the article. If you get dozens of hits listed, and the first few seem unrelated to your person, you may try the surnames category.

Go to our Surname index, which includes several thousand surnames. Use the navigator (the box with the letters) on the page to quickly find a surname, so as not to jump from page to page.


If your ancestor does not have an article yet, you can create one. Go to Help:Starting pages for people, places, or surnames/Guidance and choose the appropriate option.

You can and should link people to other people and make pages about their relatives. You can also link that person's page to all places mentioned. If you are able to use the standard input form, that will be fairly easy.

Once you've created an article, you can reopen its edit box to make changes to it for any improvements/updates you may have. So can anyone else.

Creating pages about surnamesEdit

See Help:Surname

Help the rest of us to help youEdit

After some use of this and other "Help" pages, you may still have problems or may see that something might be easier if rewritten. Please see Forum:Help improve the help pages and add your comments.

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