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__NOTOC__The following blog articles will help answer questions you might have about about the IGI:  
 
__NOTOC__The following blog articles will help answer questions you might have about about the IGI:  
 
== Ancestry Insider Blog Series  ==
 
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-igi.html What is IGI?] (January 3, 2011)
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/when-was-igi.html What was IGI?] (January 4, 2011)
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/whence-igi.html Whence IGI?] (January 5, 2011)
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-was-igi.html Why Was IGI?] (January 6, 2011)
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-is-igi.html How is IGI?] (January 7, 2011)
 
*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/where-did-igi-go.html Where did IGI Go?] (January 11, 2011)
 
  
 
== Historical Background  ==
 
== Historical Background  ==
  
The ''International Genealogical Index'' was a family history computer file that listed several hundred million names of deceased persons from throughout the world. For each deceased individual, the index also listed vital information from a single event, such as birth or marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compiled the index and made it available free to the public. Most of the information in the index was from collections of vital records from the early 1500s to 1885. Volunteers copied the information from the vital records, and members of the Church submitted some information about their ancestors. With the variety of sources, duplicate and inconsistent information for an individual was common.  
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The ''International Genealogical Index'' was a family history computer file that listed several hundred million names of deceased persons from throughout the world. For each deceased individual, the index also listed vital information from a single event, such as birth or marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compiled the index and made it available free to the public. Some of the information in the index was from collections of vital and church records from the early 1500s to 1885 from which volunteers transcribed information. Some of the information in the index was submitted by members of the Church about their ancestors. With the variety of sources, duplicate and inconsistent information for an individual was common.
  
 
== The Future  ==
 
== The Future  ==
  
On the current [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org], the International Genealogical Index is available as a single collection. However, the next version of FamilySearch.org will not include the International Genealogical Index. Instead, the records from the index will be divided back into the original collections that the information was copied from. This means you will be able to browse the records for just the place where your ancestor lived. It may also be easier to find other members of your ancestor's family in the records.  
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On the older [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] website, the International Genealogical Index is available as a single collection. The newer FamilySearch.org website does not include the International Genealogical Index as a separate collection. Instead, the records from the index are included in the original collections from which the information was copied.
  
 
== Further Reading  ==
 
== Further Reading  ==
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=== Ancestry Insider Blog Series  ===
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-is-igi.html What is IGI?] (January 3, 2011)
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/when-was-igi.html What was IGI?] (January 4, 2011)
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/whence-igi.html Whence IGI?] (January 5, 2011)
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-was-igi.html Why Was IGI?] (January 6, 2011)
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-is-igi.html How is IGI?] (January 7, 2011)
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*[http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/where-did-igi-go.html Where did IGI Go?] (January 11, 2011)
  
 
The following articles are related to using the current IGI for family history research:  
 
The following articles are related to using the current IGI for family history research:  

Revision as of 00:33, 29 May 2011

The following blog articles will help answer questions you might have about about the IGI:

Historical Background

The International Genealogical Index was a family history computer file that listed several hundred million names of deceased persons from throughout the world. For each deceased individual, the index also listed vital information from a single event, such as birth or marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compiled the index and made it available free to the public. Some of the information in the index was from collections of vital and church records from the early 1500s to 1885 from which volunteers transcribed information. Some of the information in the index was submitted by members of the Church about their ancestors. With the variety of sources, duplicate and inconsistent information for an individual was common.

The Future

On the older FamilySearch website, the International Genealogical Index is available as a single collection. The newer FamilySearch.org website does not include the International Genealogical Index as a separate collection. Instead, the records from the index are included in the original collections from which the information was copied.

Further Reading

Ancestry Insider Blog Series

The following articles are related to using the current IGI for family history research: