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From: John Plester <>
Subject: Re:IGI Questions
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 15:11:44 -0400


Neil,

There are basically two ways in which information will have entered the
IGI. The first is via the LDS Church's extraction programme, and the
second is for data to have been submitted by members of the Church. As
such you will find that most of the data is from the middle of the 16th
century to the latter part of the 19th, but you will find some earlier and
some later.

There are three other points that you need to keep in mind when using the
IGI:

1 The data for any particular parish may not be complete - you can look in
the Parish and Vital Records List (see below for location) to find the
status for any parish that you may be interested in.

2 It is a secondary source, and any data found should be verified with
original records.

3 It is possible for there to be more than one entry for an individual -
although usually some element of the data will be different.

You can see the CD version, and look at the Parish and Vital Records List
at any LDS Family History Centre. You can find the address of your nearest
FHC, and look at the IGI among other things, at www.familysearch.org

The initials B, E, and S stand for baptism, endowment, and sealing, which
are the vicarious ordinances performed by LDS Church members - the reason
why the information was gathered by the Church in the first place. If you
are not LDS you can ignore these references.

Best wishes,

John Plester (Solihull UK)


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