||International Genealogical Index
|International Genealogical Index. (LDS Church, 1999-2005).|
The International Genealogical Index consisted of two general types of records:
- Extracted vital records (births, christenings, marriages, and occasionally deaths). Transcriptions of vital records microfilmed and archived by LDS. These records are linked to the source in the FHL catalog from which they were transcribed. They have batch and film numbers, which themselves can be searched to find other records in the same group (i.e. search for all those with a particular last name baptized in a particular place). Batch numbers are specific to both event and source (marriages and christenings from the same source will have similar, but not identical, batch numbers) [Note: Technically, this makes the IGI a repository for these records, and any source citation should be to the record set itself.]
- User-submitted records. User-submitted records, generally in connection with LDS requirements for documenting ancestry or sealing relationships. These records carry no source, and, while they are supposed to be supported by sources, are not necessarily reliable and are often merely estimates. Users should avoid citing these types of records where possible.
When searching the IGI, the extracted records would show up with the name in all capital letters, using the historical spelling, and a full, correct place name. This would often distinguish the record from user-submitted records using mixed case and location abbreviations.
The IGI used to be searched on a set of CDs available at most local FHCs, but was put online in 1999. After the revised FamilySearch website went online in 2010/11, they ultimately removed most available links to the IGI itself. Most extracted records in the IGI are now part of FamilySearch Record Search, and should be cited to the specific collections therein.