International Genealogical Index

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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 website, the International Genealogical Index is not available as a single collection. The newer 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: