For many years, the International Genealogical Index (IGI) database has been one of several separate record collections that made up the Classic FamilySearch. Users could search the IGI for individual names and find other useful information. In the current version of FamilySearch, the IGI has been merged into the larger database that is the foundation of FamilySearch. This is part of an ongoing effort to create a single, all inclusive database that contains all of the names and information that used be found in many of the separate databases. The current FamilySearch will soon allow you search through all the historical records with one single search.
Member Submitted Records
Records that were originally submitted to the IGI by members of the LDS Church will be found in the Family Tree. The tree is not currently available to the general public but will be soon. When it is made public, all patron-submitted information that originally resided in the IGI will be viewable in a lineage-linked tree format. Users can locate these lineage-linked record “branches” and easily attach them to their own family tree.
The majority of the records that made up the IGI were extracted from various church parish registers and many other original record collections. These records have been merged as part of the Historic Records collection. They will appear as part of the original record collection they were extracted from. This is helpful because records can now be seen in their original historical context.
Those using the current version of FamilySearch may find that some IGI records cannot be found. When the new version of FamilySearch is released in the near future it will contain all of the records from the original IGI database. Any records found in the original IGI database will be found in either the Historical Records collection or the Family Tree.