Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI

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''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide&nbsp;]] &gt; Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI''<br>  
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''Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI''<br>
  
 
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==== Manually check the International Genealogical Index (IGI)  ====
 
==== Manually check the International Genealogical Index (IGI)  ====
  
The International Genealogical Index (IGI), sometimes called the Ordinance Index, is a computerized list of several hundred million names of deceased persons, including many Pacific islanders. For further details, see the following Wiki articles:
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The International Genealogical Index (IGI), sometimes called the Ordinance Index, is a computerized list of several hundred million names of deceased persons from all over the world, [[International Genealogical Index (IGI)|International Genealogical Index (IGI)]]
  
*[[International Genealogical Index (IGI)|International Genealogical Index (IGI)]]
 
 
*[[Finding temple ordinances in the IGI|Finding temple ordinances in the IGI]]  
 
*[[Finding temple ordinances in the IGI|Finding temple ordinances in the IGI]]  
 
*[[LDS Temple Records#Ordinance_Index_.281840.E2.80.931997.29.|Ordinance Index (1840-1997)]]
 
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The First Presidency has counseled us to avoid the duplication of temple ordinance work. Before we use the ''TempleReady ''program, we can ask for help in avoiding this duplication at a family history center.  
 
The First Presidency has counseled us to avoid the duplication of temple ordinance work. Before we use the ''TempleReady ''program, we can ask for help in avoiding this duplication at a family history center.  
  
===== Special challenges with finding Polynesian names  =====
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Because of differences in the way Islanders and Europeans kept track of names, dates, places, and life events, it can be especially challenging to find island ancestors’ names in the ''IGI. ''The following are some situations that might occur as we search the ''IGI,'' along with some suggestions for remedies.
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===== Different ways of spelling names  =====
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Since the languages of the islands were not written until the mid 1800s, spelling was not standardized. Thus, the name ''Te Aroahenui ''may be spelled ''Tearoahenui'' or ''Te-aroahenui ''or ''Aroahenui'' or ''Te-aroa-henui ''or ''Te aroa henui''. TempleReady can check names in the''IGI ''as exact spellings or as standardized spellings. If we choose standardized spellings, the''IGI ''will drop the spaces and change hyphens to spaces. It will keep the first syllable of the name and sort on it. Thus, ''Te Aroa Henui ''becomes ''Te,'' which is not helpful in finding duplicates. In summary, if someone else submitted our ancestor’s name for temple work, but spelled the name differently, TempleReady may not find our version in the ''IGI.<br>''
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*'''''To remedy this, we should search the IGI manually using all the spelling variations we can imagine.'''''<br>
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'''Multiple names for one ancestor'''
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Anciently, Polynesians were identified by only one name. Later, they began adding surnames. Some people were also given an honorary name by which they were known. Thus, it is possible that our ancestor was known by more than one name, any or all of which may be in the ''IGI. ''For instance, the name ''Tangata Tevita Niumeitolu Olakepa ''could have been submitted as ''Tangata,'' as ''Tangata Niumeitolu'', as ''Tangata Olakepa'', as ''Tangata Tevita Niumeitolu ''or as ''Tangata Tevita Niumeitolu Olakepa. ''<br>
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*'''''If we know more than one name for our ancestor, we can remedy this by searching using each name as a surname.'''''
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For instance, in the example above, we could search using ''Niumeitolu, Tangata'', and ''Olakepa'' as the surnames. We can use this same rule in searching other indexes.
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===== Different dates of birth, marriage, or death for one ancestor  =====
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Polynesian genealogies are very accurate about names of people and their relationships through the generations, but since the old Polynesian genealogies were preserved by memory, only the names of persons, the histories and stories, wars and travels, and lines of descent were kept. No specific dates were kept prior to European contact, and even since the arrival of Europeans, few specific dates are available.
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Different genealogists or tribal groups may estimate certain lines of a pedigree in a different manner than others. Since ''TempleReady ''requires dates to clear a name for ordinances, people submitting Polynesian names have had to estimate them. ''TempleReady ''only searches the ''IGI ''for dates one year before and after the event date we enter.<br>• '''To remedy this, search the ''IGI ''manually without using dates'''. If we find someone that looks like they might be a match, we can try to figure out whether or not it is the same person by comparing event locations and checking to see if they have the same spouse, parents, or children.
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===== Different ways of entering the names of places and IGI regions  =====
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There are many ways of recording a location. For instance, one person may only include the village, such as ''‘Uiha,'' while someone else may include the name of the island and region, such as ''‘Uiha, Ha’apai, Tonga, Pacific Islands''.
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TempleReady will only search the ''IGI'' for the exact place we have listed. If someone else submitted our ancestor, but did not write the place the way we did, it will not recognize it as a duplicate. If they did not provide a place that is recognized by the ''IGI'', the record would have been placed in the ''World Miscellaneous region'' of the ''IGI''.
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To remedy this, we should make sure to select the ''World Miscellaneous'' region as our region and ''All Miscellaneous Countries'' as the country. Also search the ''Pacific Island'' region for each name when manually searching the ''IGI''. For Hawaiian ancestors, we should try using the ''United States'' as the region. ''If our ancestor had a surname, we can use the Internet site of'' www.familysearch.org and choose a ''generic'' search. All regions of the ''IGI'' as well as ''Ancestral File'' and some other Internet sites will be searched. If our ancestor had only one name, this generic search is not available. The computer will ask us for a surname, and if we cannot supply one, the search will not be made.
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===== The ancestor is part of an ancient royal line  =====
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If we go back far enough in island genealogy, the same ancestors belong to the ''Maori, Hawaiian, French Polynesian, Tongan, Samoan, and other island peoples''. These same ancient ancestors’ names could be pronounced and spelled differently in ''Maori, Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Tahitian, Rarotongan'', or other languages, even though they are the same person. We do not need to do the temple work for the ancient island royalty as it has already been done numerous times.
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===== The ordinances were done, but they do not appear on the ''IGI''  =====
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'''Manual Processing Collections, 1949–1981.'''
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Before 1984, the''IGI'' did not accommodate long names, people listed with only one name whose parents or grandparents were also listed with only one name, or estimated dates. Even though people with this type of information were not entered into the ''IGI,'' many had their temple ordinances performed, and that information was recorded manually on family group records. This special collection of family group records, called the''Manual Processing Collections, 1949–1981'', has been microfilmed and stored in the Family History Library. Some of the names now appear on the''IGI,'' but many do not.
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*We can view these microfilms at the Family History Library or order them from a family history center near us.
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The microfilm is located in the ''US/Canada film area, ''with the call numbers going from '''1553385 to 1553391 (7 rolls)'''. These microfilms list people by the island they are from and then alphabetically by surname, more or less. There is no overall index, so we may need to browse through all of the films.
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Note: Searching these records is a time-consuming process. However, it may be worthwhile to view these records since they may be written in our ancestors’ handwriting, and since they may provide us with additional information that we would not have had otherwise. Follow the Spirit when deciding whether or not to search these records.
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Note: An index to these records has been made, and is in process so it will soon be included in the Fmily History Library Catalog and on the computerized desktop of familysearch.
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'''Records processed manually after 1981.'''
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There is also a collection of family group records, mainly of island people, that were processed manually for temple ordinances after 1981, and are not yet on the IGI.
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*We can view these family group records by calling Ruth Inman at (801) 240-2343.
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When we put our PAF diskette into TempleReady, we can select the ''Update Records ''option. The computer program will add to our files the ordinance information that matches the names and dates for ancestors on our records. We can get better results by selecting families rather than individuals.<br>
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Revision as of 16:34, 7 October 2009

Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI

Note:

Some of the information in this section will become outdated when the Church’s new Unified System is in place. As parts of the new system come up, we will be advised through the Internet site at www.familysearch.org.

Manually check the International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The International Genealogical Index (IGI), sometimes called the Ordinance Index, is a computerized list of several hundred million names of deceased persons from all over the world, International Genealogical Index (IGI)

The IGI is an index of temple ordinances of deceased persons. When names are submitted to a temple and after each completed temple ordinance, names are updated in the IGI. If a person was born 110 years ago or more, or the person was married 95 years ago or more, or if their records have been in the Deceased Membership Records File, their information should appear on the IGI. We can access the IGI at www.familysearch.org by selecting the Search tab and then International Genealogical Index, on the lefthand side of the screen.

Information is entered into the IGI as it was submitted to the temple, so some of the information may be incomplete or inaccurate. It is also possible for a person to have more than one record in the IGI, with slightly different details, if his or her work was done at different times by different people.

Note: Anyone can search the IGI for the name, location, and family relationships of a person.

To access temple ordinance information for deceased persons (ordinance performed, date of ordinance, temple of ordinance) Church members must register on the family history web site,www.familysearch.org. See your ward clerk first, so you can provide at the time you register the date you were confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and your Church membership number.

Why do you need to use the IGI?

The First Presidency has counseled us to avoid the duplication of temple ordinance work. Before we use the TempleReady program, we can ask for help in avoiding this duplication at a family history center.