|How to locate and search the International Genealogical Index (IGI)|
All of the International Genealogical Index (IGI) records are available on the FamilySearch website. 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 addressed by creating two IGI collections, both searchable from the International Collection search page.
1. Locate by using FamilySearch.org. This will search all of FamilySearch.org. Use options 2 and 3 to search for Community Contributed IGI.
3. Use a Batch Number Search.
4. Search by Film Number
Click on FamilySearch.org, and search for an individual using the form on the main page. This will search all the FamilySearch collections, including Community Indexed IGI.
For hints on how to search, please review:How to find an ancestor using FamilySearch.org.
To search by particular region, country, or collection, go to www.familysearch.org/search
Scroll down the home page to the Browse All Published Collections section.
Click on the desired region, such as United States. (The IGI can be accessed from any locality page, but they all contain the entire IGI collection)
In the Collection Name box, type either IGI or Int
Click on International Genealogical Index (IGI).
As shown by the red boxes, there are two search options, Community Indexed IGI and Community Contributed IGI (see above). Click the radio buttons to select which collection/s you would like to search.
For hints on how to search, please review: How to find an ancestor using FamilySearch.org/Search
The batch number represents a record group based on specific locality and a time frame. Batch numbers differ between the Community Indexed IGI and the Community Contributed IGI.
1. Community Indexed IGI batch search is very valuable when you want to search for names in a specific locality and time frame. Batch numbers are preceeded by letters. For an description of batch numbers, see the research wiki articles "IGI Batch Number Descriptions."
This sample of the detail screen shows the batch number.
Add the Indexing project (batch) number into the Batch Number box, and click Search.
2. Community Contributed IGI batch search is very valuable when you want to search for names that were submitted by the same submitter. Batch numbers, with the exceptions of L batches, will contain only numbers.
Sample of the detail screen showing the batch number. Notice the batch number is a hyperlink.
Since the batch number has a hyperlink, you may click on the hyperlink or type the number in the Batch Number box.
Warning: This only works with Community Indexed IGI only.
This option displays all the indexed information from that film.
Type in or copy/paste into the film number box and click on search.
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