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GenGuidesWiki is a place to share tips and how-to information on the archives, libraries, and web sites you use to research your family tree. To see what has been contributed so far check out our list of:

You can also explore resources by starting with the list of countries below.

Please note that certain lists on each page are generated automatically based on the pages for the items in those lists. Such lists include the list of repositories on state pages and the archival collection list on the repository pages. If a page you just added is missing from the list please click the arrow to the left of the search box at the top of the page. Then click "refresh."

GenGuidesWiki's Mission

GenGuidesWiki has been created so you can share your knowledge with everyone and learn from others.

Think about how many different sources you use as you build your family tree. When you first start looking at a source you may not know much about it. You probably want to know why the record was created, how it is organized, and whether there is an index. Some basic answers may be contained in the resource's introductory text. However, as you use the source again and again you develop tips and tricks that fellow researchers could benefit from as they begin to use a resource. GenGuidesWiki is therefore a place to share your knowledge about the sources you use and learn from the tips shared by other researchers.

How You Can Help

Just like Wikipedia GenGuidesWiki is a wiki, which means that everyone is encouraged to add and edit content. Please register so that you can contribute to this wiki!
GenGuidesWiki uses forms for most pages so adding your knowledge is as easy as filling in a few boxes. See the Help page for information on how to start contributing to GenGuidesWiki.


Countries (by Continent)


Algeria Comoros Gambia Mali São Tomé and Príncipe Togo
Angola Congo Ghana Mauritania Senegal Tunisia
Benin Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Guinea Mauritius Seychelles Uganda
Botswana Democratic Republic of the Congo Guinea-Bissau Morocco Sierra Leone Zambia
Burkina Faso Djibouti Kenya Mozambique Somalia Zimbabwe
Burundi Egypt Lesotho Namibia South Africa
Cameroon Equatorial Guinea Liberia Niger South Sudan
Cape Verde Eritrea Libya Nigeria Sudan
Central African Republic Ethiopia Madagascar Réunion Swaziland
Chad Gabon Malawi Rwanda Tanzania


Afghanistan East Timor (Timor-Leste) Kazakhstan Nepal Sri Lanka Yemen
Armenia Georgia (Country) Kuwait North Korea Syria
Azerbaijan Hong Kong Kyrgyzstan Oman Taiwan
Bahrain India Laos Pakistan Tajikistan
Bangladesh Indonesia Lebanon Palestine Thailand
Bhutan Iran Macau Philippines Turkey
Brunei Iraq Malaysia Qatar Turkmenistan
Cambodia Israel Maldives Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates
China Japan Mongolia Singapore Uzbekistan
Cyprus Jordan Myanmar (Burma) South Korea Vietnam


Albania Estonia Liechtenstein Poland Switzerland
Andorra Finland Lithuania Portugal Ukraine
Austria France Luxembourg Romania United Kingdom
Belarus Germany Macedonia Russia Vatican City/Holy See
Belgium Greece Malta San Marino
Bosnia and Herzegovina Hungary Moldova Serbia
Bulgaria Iceland Monaco Slovakia
Croatia Ireland Montenegro Slovenia
Czech Republic Italy Netherlands Spain
Denmark Latvia Norway Sweden

North America

Anguilla Cayman Islands Guadeloupe Panama Sint Maarten
Antigua and Barbuda Clipperton Island Guatemala Puerto Rico Trinidad and Tobago
Aruba Costa Rica Haiti Saba Turks and Caicos Islands
Bahamas Cuba Honduras Saint Barthélemy United States
Barbados Curaçao Jamaica Saint Kitts and Nevis United States Virgin Islands
Belize Dominica Martinique Saint Lucia
Bermuda Dominican Republic Mexico Saint Martin
Bonaire El Salvador Montserrat Saint Pierre and Miquelon
British Virgin Islands Greenland Navassa Island Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Canada Grenada Nicaragua Sint Eustatius

South America

Argentina Ecuador Peru
Bolivia Falkland Islands Suriname
Brazil French Guiana Uruguay
Chile Guyana Venezuela
Colombia Paraguay


American Samoa Kiribati New Zealand Samoa Vanuatu
Australia Marshall Islands Niue Solomon Islands Wallis and Futuna
Cook Islands Micronesia Palau Tokelau
Fiji Nauru Palmyra Atoll Tonga
Guam New Caledonia Papua New Guinea Tuvalu