SEARCHING THE IGI AND USING BATCH NUMBERS

2009 by Donald R. Snow

Sections of the Class Notes This page was last updated 2009-05-15.
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WELCOME AND WHAT THIS CLASS IS ALL ABOUT
THE INTERNATIONAL GENEALOGICAL INDEX (IGI)
TYPES OF SEARCHES
BATCH NUMBER SEARCHES
WHAT TO DO WITH THE SEARCH RESULTS
TOOLS TO MAKE SEARCHING THE IGI EASIER
CONCLUSION
ASSIGNMENT
  1. Do a search on your own surname on http://www.familysearch.org , Search Records > All Resources.  You will probably get many hits; the box in the upper right hand side tells you how many hits are in each database.  Try narrowing down the search by adding your given names and/or times or locations.  (You might be in some of the records, but shouldn't be in the IGI nor the Social Security Death Index, since both of those are only for deceased persons!).
  2. Find an IGI Batch Number and do a search on just those records.  (If you don't have one yourself, use IGI Batch Number C040371 in the British Isles.) Now add some additional data, e.g. given name Nancy with any event in 1835. Note that the results include variants of Nancy too, e.g. Hannah and Anna. This illustrates the power of batch number searches, since these specialized searches can't be done with the entire IGI because it is too large.)
  3. See if you can find a Deceased Member's record for someone who joined the LDS Church during their lifetime.  (If you can't find another one, use Annie Stafford, born 27 Apr 1867, Derbyshire, England, in batch 6940014.)

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