Many of you who used our previous site will be pleased to know that you can now search for historical records using batch numbers from the International Genealogical Index.

To search by batch number:

  1. On the FamilySearch search page, click Advanced search. The Batch Number field appears.

    Or to see the Batch Number field on the Search Results page, click New Search.

  2. To search for a specific person or family name within a batch, enter the name and other search criteria.
  3. In the Batch Number field, enter the batch number.

    Tip: To see all of the records in the batch organized alphabetically by last name, leave the name and other fields blank. Just enter the batch number. Then use the filters to narrow in on the exact time period or place that you want.

  4. Click Search.

What Are Batch Numbers?

For many decades starting in the mid-1960s, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints copied key information from the vital records of many countries worldwide and entered that information into a computer. Most of these records were from the early 1500s to 1885.

The batch number identifies the specific collection of historical records that an extracted record came from. For example, batch C003712 refers to the collection “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.”

Most of the extracted records were published in the International Genealogical Index (IGI). Some were published in the Vital Records Index collections. These resources were searchable indexes to many of the world’s vital records—a valuable resource for genealogists.

Using batch numbers provided two main benefits to the researchers who used the previous version of familysearch.org:

  • They let people search the International Genealogical Index for a specific collection of vital records.
  • They let people find the original record. With the original record, they could make sure the extracted information was correct and see if it contained more information.

Batch Numbers and the New Version of FamilySearch.org

For people who already know batch numbers, this new feature provides a shortcut to searching a specific collection of records on the new version of our site.

If you do not know a batch number, you probably don’t need to worry about finding one. You can find the microfilm number and search a specific collection without using a batch number.

  • To find the microfilm number, click the triangle (on the right) that expands the index entry. The number is labeled “source film number.”
  • To search to a specific collection without a batch number, click the links under Browse by Location (on the main page) to find the collection. If the collection has been indexed, you will be able to search it.

Extracted Records Do Not Have Images

Because these extraction projects occurred so long ago, the extracted records are not yet connected to online images. If you want to see the original record, find the microfilm number. You can then either come to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or have the microfilm sent to a family history center near you.

For More Information

The FamilySearch Research Wiki contains a lot of information about the International Genealogical Index and its batch numbers. See the article International Genealogical Index (IGI).

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  1. The old simple IGI search page was 100 times better than the so called new search engine. You have set back family research by 10 years. It is now MORE difficult to find the information you are searching for. The new site may look good to management or investors who dont need to use the system, but it is form over function. Gutted that LDS have removed the IGI search engine. You have an amazing database, but the new search engine doesnt allow the researcher to easily extract family members from a single place.

    Gary 31 January 2012
    5:27 pm
  2. Thank You very much. The information you provide is very helpful. Your service is a wonderful resource

    M Farmer 10 January 2012
    4:43 pm
  3. you all sound like asking a polaticion a question,,no dirrect answer,,,the question was where and what is and where to find batch number,,,and why dont they put that with the number,kike,image number,folder number,film number,sheet,which of these is it.????

    paul borak 30 November 2011
    4:01 am
  4. This is the worst yet. Now when I print I have a page full of advertising instead of a copy of a document suitable for framing.SHAME on you. Im glad I was able to use the pilot program to find what I needed forfree now I would have to pay. This was not an improvement. Return to the old way of allowing us to print. Bring back pilot.

    Johnal 27 September 2011
    4:15 pm
  5. Why change something that was working and was easy to use. I have had nothing but blank walls since you change over. I cant seem to get any records. eg I put in my Grand Fathers birth date etc, taken from his birth certificate, his place of birth, (England U.K.) Parents names, and guess what, it came back NO RECORD. On the old, I had no trouble, and tracked down Ancestors over 9 branches of both my family and my husbands. Why cant we have both sites, instead of cause people to suffer from frustration and putting their blood pressure up. Why change what was working, put back the old and keep the new, give us a choice.

    Granny Scott 26 September 2011
    1:56 am
  6. I GIVE UP Will I have to wait another decade before I can use this site again? It is barely functional. I thought that getting access to images online was a dream come true, but it comes at a terrible price. The rest of the system didnt need the apparently huge overhaul that is still in the works. Why have we been shut out of the old system? At least give us a loaner while the new car is in the shop....

    K. Davis 25 September 2011
    10:03 pm
  7. I much prefer the old system. It was instant. I knew if it was the right person. I dont think I shall bother on Family search anymore.

    Gwynneth 15 September 2011
    12:14 pm
  8. Is anyone going to issue a new more up to date IGI place and batch number list. The only one available is the one done by Hugh Wallis in 2002. It would be sush a great help. Thank you.

    barbara whiteside 06 September 2011
    1:41 pm
  9. We are furious with this...This new set-up is so bad . We agree with Terry Baker and all of his comments. We am so glad that we have all but completed our parish searches via the wonderful (but now it would seem defunct) IGI England Counties. With England Counties-Lists of parishes and places within it so quick efficient and EASY... so much information-date and place of baptism,with parents,whole list of family surnames.At a glance one could build up a family tree,all children, spouses etc-everything from the parish listings of a particular hamlet/village/town/city. And if you didnt know the first name or even not sure of the surname ,then you were able to scroll down to every soul in that area . As for it being archaic as one person observed-well, that sounds like a comment only the inventor of the new system would make We will not even bother to look at the difficult- to- fathom and quite insufficient of details new search. For Gods sake bring back that old best system- give back the choice we had before, between the great IGI England Counties, as well as www.familysearch. We used both. Valerie & James Phillips.

    valerie & James Phillips 01 September 2011
    5:11 am
  10. The old batch facility was useful as you could search specific parishes to find all children to a set of parents. Excellent for surnames like Smith. I have just tested the new site and the names I already know are not even in the system - so how can this be an improvement?

    helen 01 September 2011
    4:48 am
  11. There is good and bad in the new site, been using it for a few months but not really happy with it - similar reasons to many other people

    Carole 01 September 2011
    3:19 am
  12. Iv been tryng all day to use the batch numbers on the igi site linked with ancestry but have been unable to open any batch numbers? I get the index fine but as soon as i put a name in and enter, nothing. reading the comments and information on this page, it is becoming clear that this site is could now be closed? why? I have had no warning from ancestry about this? and there is no mention on the igi pages i would usualy connect to when wanting to search the igi? i find this particular page very irritating because it doesnt give direction on how to get actually to the igi page within familySearch again why?

    Dee 31 August 2011
    8:30 pm
  13. To Margaret and others, the old system is still there, and I have it bookmarked. I too have been using the IGI since long before the internet, but I like both the old and new systems. To reach the old system, go to Hugh Walliss batch number site http//freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers.htm and search under any batch number you please. Then click on refine search, and you are on the IGI Custom Search page. Bookmark it and dont lose it Alternatively, there is currently a link to the old site on the (new) familysearch site, its on the right hand side. Again, go there and bookmark it however you like.

    Barrie 24 August 2011
    8:33 am
  14. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

    rtyecript 23 August 2011
    7:04 pm
  15. Sorry, I am not liking the new - much preferred the old way. I just cant seem to find anything at all on the new.

    maureen 20 August 2011
    5:26 am
  16. I am findig this system very difficult to use.

    Janie M. Wulf 16 August 2011
    12:58 pm
  17. I admit I had my doubts but I just experimented and it seems to work the way it used to for me in most cases. Im pleased. However, some clues need to be given as to how to find the batch numbers. 1. Go to new.familysearch.org. 2. Click on DETAILS for a particular person. 3. Click on CONTRIBUTORS and if it says Extration Program, then 4. Click EDIT. On the EDIT screen, it tells the batch number the record was found on. 5. Then go to FamilySearch.org, 6. Click on ADVANCED SEARCH 7. Put in batch number and search the whole list in that batch 8. Or, put last name and search the batch or the full name. 9. You can also do a PARENT SEARCH like we used to do. (Put only the Parents names in and bring up all the children under those parents.) 10. On the indivual you find in that batch, it tells the film number if you want to look up the film for more info from the records (for instance, on one of my people, it has the baptism/chistening date. I wanted to know, What was his birthdate?, very important to see if hes the person Im searching for. I know exact DOB so that date did not prove definitively it was my relative. So I looked up on the film and found the exact DOB. It was the Christening date that had been entered on the extraction info. All in all, I think this will work great for me. Thank you for reading my comment.

    Kathy 10 August 2011
    8:08 pm
  18. I am a new beginner. What is a batch number? How can I find the children of Sebastiani Herbstrit and Maria Anna Kuenstler? Any information on Harpstrite, Herbstritt I would appreciate. thank you skohlbrecher@sbcglobal.net Sandra Harpstrite Kohlbrecher

    Sandra Harpstrite Kohlbrecher 07 August 2011
    9:04 pm
  19. Hi, I have been using the old site for years and have dabbled now and then into the new one, but a lot of the people I am searching only appear on the old-are the old site records going to be in with the new at some stage so I dont keep having to check both sites? Cheers)

    Shelley 06 August 2011
    12:48 am
  20. I have been doing batch number searches for a very long time - so whats new? There is supposed to be a lot of new data added - where is it and how do we find it? I, like Margaret, have been using the FHL since way before it went online. Since then I have used it extensively to good effect and Im very grateful that we have free access to it. But... the old system is just so much better and far easier to use - please do not remove it. Using the new system with advanced filters is cumbersome and exasperatingly slow. Why not add the new data to the old system? Thanks

    29 July 2011
    12:11 am
  21. Still adjusting to the new set up - will take time. Re previous comments, I am not sure purging all the records submitted by a member is such a great idea as I had the experience of finding a portion of my East European ancestors due to submissions. Because of that stunning discovery I ordered the films in, and found every submission was accurate. Reading microfilms over six months, I was able to fill in the gaps to find ancestors back to 1750. I did get more information from the films and wish online data included details such as occupation, extra notes, street addresses, etc. which often tell if an entry is for the right person. Thanks for all the work done. Hope to make use of this new system more when I get it right.

    Janice 05 June 2011
    9:09 am
  22. Looks like the familysearch.org is down and out........ Cannot search this site for over three days... Update works in progress How sad this has not been completed. New search doesnt work properly, not happy with this improvement, or should I say dissprovement

    Jasper McGoober, Gambia 02 June 2011
    2:06 pm
  23. @Mary. Your comments on the uncertainly of submitted records is the reason they will not be in the newly organized FamilySearch.org. Instead they will be part of nfs (New Family Search) as conclusionary records. At this point they are not available online to non LDS members and can only be found in the old family search (Go to Prior Site link, on right)

    Bobbie Snow 01 June 2011
    10:29 am
  24. @Emily-- I searched the old IGI for the batch number you list (8123005) and it appears to be for submitted records. Submitted records will be transferred to NFS as a conclusionary record. They are not yet available to the non LDS public. See this blog for a fuller explanation. http//ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/01/where-did-igi-go.html

    Bobbie Snow 01 June 2011
    8:41 am
  25. Excellent work, folks. I really appreciate the efforts you are making to make these collections so accessible. Batch number searching has always been one of the great features of the UGI and Im delighted its back. Looking forward to more improvements in the months to come.

    Mike Murray 30 May 2011
    7:29 pm
  26. This is terrific I recommended this to Ron Tanner back in February 2011. Thanks for the rapid implementation I did a check and it appears that batch number searching can also be done on indexing batch numbers as well as extraction batch numbers. That is really super If I am correct that indexing batch numbers can also be searched, why not mention that in this article?

    David Berges 30 May 2011
    5:59 am
  27. Please explain why there are no results for some batch numbers found on the old FamilySearch website (e.g., 8123005).

    Emily 29 May 2011
    12:17 am
  28. This is terrific I recommended this to Ron Tanner back in February 2011. Thanks for the rapid implementation I did a check and it appears that batch number searching can also be done on indexing batch numbers as well as extraction batch numbers. That is really super If I am correct that indexing batch numbers can also be searched, why not mention that in this article?

    David Berges 28 May 2011
    7:30 pm
  29. Very nice. Thank you.

    Bobbie Snow 27 May 2011
    7:35 am
  30. Very nice. Thank you.

    Bobbie Snow 27 May 2011
    7:34 am
  31. Happy Day Thank you, thank you, thank you ... -)

    Debbi 26 May 2011
    11:32 pm
  32. Thanks for at least giving us a batch search. For those of us who have used the old batch search to quickly find children by using the parent search feature, it is a bit cumbersome to have to browse through the alphabet to locate your family. Could you add a CTRL + F or an alphabet search to this new batch search?

    Julie Hammons 26 May 2011
    7:51 pm
  33. Thank you for giving us the ability to search by Batch number in the updated familysearch site. This is a very helpful tool to find families who married and had children christened in the same parish.

    Jean Evans 26 May 2011
    9:27 am
  34. I tried to comment on this before ... but it seems to have failed. With the old system, I could instantly tell if a found record was an actual extraction or one that had been submitted by an LDS member. As many of us know, while some of those LDS member submitted records were valid, many were just plain wrong. With the new system, I cant tell whether a record is valid or not ... although Im willing to concede that it could just be that I dont know where to look ... or for what. The new look is slick and relatively fast ... but as a serious family history researcher, I really need to know if records that pre-date 1837 are actual extracts or LDS member submissions. Thanks

    Mary 25 May 2011
    3:06 pm
  35. Its been a long time since Id accessed familysearch.org ... and I was very surprised the other day when I came here to do some searching on a distant branch of my tree. The first surprise was that my former username and password were no longer valid, however, establishing a new account was quick and easy. Now that Ive found a few of the records I was looking for, Im a bit perplexed because I have no reliable way of determining where said records originate, unless they are census records. Im sure that Im just not familiar with the new system ... but with the old system, I could instantly tell whether or not the record came from an actual extract ... or was submitted by an LDS member. I can no longer immediately ascertain this information ... and I find that worrisome. Unless all such submitted by LDS member records have been purged ... I dont know how valid a given found record is. As with anyone who has done family history research on the IGI, some of those LDS member submitted records were valid ... and some were just wrong. With the new system, how can I determine the actual source document? Thanks

    Mary 25 May 2011
    2:09 pm
  36. THANK YOU

    Venita 25 May 2011
    10:21 am

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