New FamilySearch Feature—IGI

All of the legacy IGI (International Genealogical Index) records will be available at  FamilySearch.org. While many genealogists found the IGI useful, its mix of community indexed sources and community contributed records meant that not all of its data was equally reliable. This problem has been resolved by creating two IGI collections, both searchable from the IGI collection page:

  • Community Indexed IGI: This collection consists of sources that were indexed by the genealogical community from collections of vital and Church records. They are considered an excellent source of primary genealogical information. Unlike the old IGI, which put these sources all in one collection, on the new site each record has been organized into their respective collections (ex. England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975).
  • Community Contributed IGI: This collection consists of personal family information submitted by individuals to The Church of Jesus CHrist of Latter-day Saints. Some of these are source-like. But the collection they were extracted from is no longer known. Many represent conclusions of the submitter. The quality of this information varies. Duplicate entries, conclusions from secondary sources, and inconsistent information are common. Always verify contributed entries against sources of primary information.

Note: FamilySearch is in the process of completing the download of the records contributed by the community into the FamilySearch database. If you are looking for a name that you know was present in the IGI and cannot find it, it may have been in the portion contributed by the community and will be available on the new site shortly.How to find IGI RecordsTo search for all published historical records about an individual, including IGI records:

  1. Go to FamilySearch.org and search using the form on the main page.
  2. The results page will provide tools to filter and refine your search if needed.

Tip:  It is best to enter a little information at a time. Entering too much information may return few matching results, as the search engine will look for only the records that include all the information you entered.  No records will include all events, places, parents, and spouse. For example, a marriage record will have a spouse and a marriage date and place; a birth record will not have a spouse but will have a birth date and parents.Note: You may search for an IGI batch number on the FamilySearch home page.To search only for records that were part of the old IGI by name or by batch number, serial or sheet number, or film number:

  1. Go to FamilySearch.org.
  2. On the left side of the home page, click All Record Collections.
  3. In the alphabetical collections list, click International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  4. Click on the collection you want to search. Choose one of the following:
    • Community Indexed IGI
    • Community Contributed IGI
  5. In the Search boxes, enter the information you want to search by. Depending on the information that you know from the old IGI records, you can search by any of the following information: Name, Event dates and locations, Relationships, or Batch, Serial or Sheet or Film numbers.If these are options that they click, bold each of them. If they are not options, they need to be lower cased. You may refine this search, as you would any search for historical records, by adding more information to filter or narrow your search. Or you can add an event date or place, or a spouse, or parents.

Tip:  Try a variety of search criteria. Enter a little information at a time. Entering too much information may filter out too many records.Tip: To make sure you find the record you want, search both the Community Indexed Records and the Community Contributed Records.To learn more about the IGI, please visit the IGI Wiki page on the FamilySearch Wiki.

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