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From: "John A Hansen" <>
Subject: [LEITH] Hugh Wallis Updates his IGI Database !
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 13:18:55 -0800
The IGI parish database has now been extended to the
USA as well as UK and Europe
"So whats the big deal"?
As many of you know and can correct my mis statements below :-)
The IGI from the LDS has several components:
A: The microfilm of the parish vital records took many
hours to convert to digital format. There are of course
still errors. There are also the normal errors from the
basic data at the parish. These raw data errors on birth,
baptisms, marriages, deaths etc are compounded by
trying to interpret the handwriting of the local person
and in the case of church records, the local priest or pastor.
The conversion to digital format was then undertaken and so
some more errors were introduced, however, the input was
carefully reviewed and the translation from the handwriting
was checked and double checked. So it's "pretty good".
So the ability to quickly search these records in the
parish provides a decent chance of finding a ancestor
and the high quality of those records is valuable to
all of us! Hugh has compiled those records into a
database by Parish that allows searching all the surnames
on all the particular film in that entire Parish.
B: A second source of the IGI records was the submission by many
people who submitted records. These records had some errors
of fact and handwriting. Hugh has not included those as yet.
Many people were becoming skeptics of the IGI due to the mixture of
Class A and Class B records. In my view, while errors exist in
all vital records, the Class A source should always be at least
The overall picture is one of a valuable source of records ( IGI)
that are now available in a database that allows faster and
more searching for records of the Class A. While people often
moved, most did not move far. So a combination of searching
a local parish and then moving to other nearbye local parish by
using a parish map should reveal family connections. Then
combine that with a census search and some brick walls may
reveal some clues.
So the original database is here and hope some of
those hidden ancestors are found :-).
John A Hansen
BTW: The original and complete database from the LDS
is at www.familysearch.org. This database is
organized by surname. There is also several
other databases that provides lists of the films
by parish and other books etc that are available.
New records and information is constantly being
added so check back often.
>From Hugh Wallis:
<My first lot of North American numbers are up on the site - you can <get
to them from the same page as before -
- there will be more to come if folks can tell me what ranges to look
Please pass the word around
All the very best
Formerly of Surrey, UK>>
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