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== What is in the Collection?  ==
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
 
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008. It contains several hundred million entries, each recording one event, such as a birth, baptism (christening), marriage, or death.  
 
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008. It contains several hundred million entries, each recording one event, such as a birth, baptism (christening), marriage, or death.  
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1. Community Indexed IGI (approximately 460 million names) is a set of records transcribed directly from source material and submitted to the church. The indexed data that was part of the IGI has been organized into its original source collections from which it was transcribed and it now resides in the Historical Records system. The Community Indexed IGI&nbsp;search from the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi IGI collection details] page searches ONLY the indexed records that were part of the old IGI.&nbsp;To do an exhaustive search for your ancestors in all available historical records (over 3 billion names that includes the old indexed IGI records)&nbsp;you should choose to use the [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search search form on the home screen].&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">To see a list of all published collections available choose [https://familysearch.org/collection/list All Record Collections] from the home screen.</span>  
 
1. Community Indexed IGI (approximately 460 million names) is a set of records transcribed directly from source material and submitted to the church. The indexed data that was part of the IGI has been organized into its original source collections from which it was transcribed and it now resides in the Historical Records system. The Community Indexed IGI&nbsp;search from the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi IGI collection details] page searches ONLY the indexed records that were part of the old IGI.&nbsp;To do an exhaustive search for your ancestors in all available historical records (over 3 billion names that includes the old indexed IGI records)&nbsp;you should choose to use the [https://www.familysearch.org/hr/search search form on the home screen].&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">To see a list of all published collections available choose [https://familysearch.org/collection/list All Record Collections] from the home screen.</span>  
  
2. Community Contributed IGI (approximately 430 million names) represents a set of records submitted to the church for which no historical record collection source is known. Some of these records came directly from original sources. For a short period of time duplication in the IGI was reduced by removing records from the indexed data when these records were submitted by the community, but the original collection annotation was lost. The majority of the records may contain data from multiple sources. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestor you should choose to search the Community Contributed IGI from the IGI collection details page and then follow the process outlined on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/International_Genealogical_Index Family Search Wiki IGI page] to determine if the record you find was part of an indexed collection.  
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2. Community Contributed IGI (approximately 430 million names) represents a set of records submitted to the church for which no historical record collection source is known. Some of these records came directly from original sources. For a short period of time duplication in the IGI was reduced by removing records from the indexed data when these records were submitted by the community, but the original collection annotation was lost. The majority of the records may contain data from multiple sources. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestor you should choose to search the Community Contributed IGI from the IGI collection details page and then follow the process outlined on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/International_Genealogical_Index Family Search Wiki IGI page] to determine if the record you find was part of an indexed collection.
  
== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the your ancestor’s name as well as some identifying information such as the date and place of birth or the spouse’s name.  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the your ancestor’s name as well as some identifying information such as the date and place of birth or the spouse’s name.  
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Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
 
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.  
  
For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
 
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== Citing this Collection ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
 
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==How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?==

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What is in This Collection?

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) is a computer file created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008. It contains several hundred million entries, each recording one event, such as a birth, baptism (christening), marriage, or death.

The IGI is divided into the following:

1. Community Indexed IGI (approximately 460 million names) is a set of records transcribed directly from source material and submitted to the church. The indexed data that was part of the IGI has been organized into its original source collections from which it was transcribed and it now resides in the Historical Records system. The Community Indexed IGI search from the IGI collection details page searches ONLY the indexed records that were part of the old IGI. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestors in all available historical records (over 3 billion names that includes the old indexed IGI records) you should choose to use the search form on the home screenTo see a list of all published collections available choose All Record Collections from the home screen.

2. Community Contributed IGI (approximately 430 million names) represents a set of records submitted to the church for which no historical record collection source is known. Some of these records came directly from original sources. For a short period of time duplication in the IGI was reduced by removing records from the indexed data when these records were submitted by the community, but the original collection annotation was lost. The majority of the records may contain data from multiple sources. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestor you should choose to search the Community Contributed IGI from the IGI collection details page and then follow the process outlined on the Family Search Wiki IGI page to determine if the record you find was part of an indexed collection.

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the your ancestor’s name as well as some identifying information such as the date and place of birth or the spouse’s name.

Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

For tips about searching on-line collections, see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

Tips to Keep in Mind

The information has not been verified against any official records, Duplicate entries and inconsistent information are common. Always verify contributed entries against sources.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"International Genealogical Index." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.}}

Record Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.