The FamilySearch.org Research Wiki has undergone a major facelift. Changes to the Research Wiki have been pending for years and the makeover will add a lot of on-screen territory to the pages. When it was first introduced back in 2008, the Research Wiki was unknown and almost impossible to find. Slowly over years, it has moved to its place of prominence in the FamilySearch.org Search tools. This vast genealogical reference work recently passed the 83,000 page mark and continue to accumulate valuable data about the entire process of genealogical research.
The changes to the Research Wiki include the following as taken from a recent email announcement from FamilySearch.
- All articles will be retained in the new upgraded version of the Wiki.
- Navigation has changed from the right side of the screen to the left.
- Country and State pages are being redesigned for easier use. This redesign will take place as close to the time of the new release as possible, but may not be completed when the upgrade takes place.
- The URL for the Wiki has been changed for better usability to https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page.
- The Rich Text editor will be replaced with an easy-to-use Visual Editor.
- The upgraded version of the Wiki will be editable in all browsers, including Chrome.
The changes will be ongoing, but should not interfere with the use of the Research Wiki's content. With its expanded browser user base, I suggest that more users may wish to become involved in editing and adding content to the Research Wiki. If you are unfamiliar with the content, I further suggest this is a good time to become acquainted or reacquainted with the most valuable tool on the Internet for genealogical information.