With the release of the newFamilySearch.org website, many are asking what has happened to the International Genealogical Index (IGI). To understand where it went, you first need to understand what it is and where it came from.
What is the IGI? The International Genealogical Index was a family history database that listed several hundred million names of deceased persons from throughout the world. It was first published in 1973 and continued to grow through December 2008.
What were the sources of the IGI? 1. Some of the entries in the IGI were indexed by the genealogical community from collections of vital and church records. 2. Some of the information in the IGI was contributed by members of the Church about their ancestors.
Accessing the IGI • Over the years, access to the IGI has advanced with technology. First available on microfiche, the IGI was subsequently available on compact disc and later as a collection on the Interneton the FamilySearch website. • On June 18, 2012 FamilySearch turned off the home page of its Classic.FamilySearch.org website, redirecting traffic to the current www.familysearch.orghome page. The IGI is no longer available in it’s previous format. • All of the legacy IGI (International Genealogical Index) records will be available at FamilySearch.org.
Where did the IGI go? The new version of FamilySearchplaces the contributed records into the Family Tree.
Where did the IGI go? The extracted records are now in the Historical Records.
Where did the IGI go? The IGI may also be searched without including the other Historical Records from it’s own search page.
IGI Home Page Both indexed and submitted records are available.
Why search all Historical Records? 21 June 2012 webinar by Robert Kehrer, senior product manager, search technologies. The webinar was titled “FamilySearch Historical Records and Library Catalog.” “I recommend strongly that anyone searching for their ancestor search not just the IGI. Search all historical record collections from the FamilySearch.org home page. Instead of searching 461 million records you will be searching close to 3 billion records and the likelihood of you finding your ancestor is much greater.” Robert Kehrer http://broadcast.lds.org/eLearning/fhd/Community/en/FamilySearch/Product_Webinars/Robert_Kehrer_-_June_21_2012/Player.html