Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI

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Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI


Some of the information in this section will become outdated when the Church’s new Unified System is in place.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

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 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, 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.