The IGI for Britain and Ireland is now searchable online at the new FamilySearch website.
The International Genealogical Index was compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, the “Mormons”) and originally known as the Computer File Index. At one time available on microfiche, for several years the IGI has been available online at the LDS FamilySearch website.
On the new FamilySearch site, parts of the IGI (and the British Isles Vital Record Index, an update to the IGI) have already been made available. The IGI for the whole world (nearly 670 million index records) is now searchable in what was the “British Isles” section of the new site (and in the various other sections), but has been renamed “United Kingdom and Ireland”.
Community Indexed IGI
The part that is searchable at present is what has been designated “Community Indexed IGI”. The LDS says: “The indexed data has been organized into the original collections from which it was transcribed and resides in the Historical Records system. To see a list of all collections available, choose ‘All Record Collections’ from the home screen. The Community Indexed search from this page searches ONLY the records that were part of the old IGI. Most of these collections have had many more records added to them. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestors, you should choose to use the search form on the home screen.”
Community Contributed IGI
Greyed-out at present is a search facility for the “Community Contributed IGI”, regarding which the LDS says: “For a short period of time, duplication in the IGI was reduced by removing records from the indexed data when these records were submitted by the community. To do an exhaustive search for your ancestor, you should choose to search the Community Contributed IGI and follow the process outlined on this page to determine if the record you find was part of an indexed collection.”
Despite the arrival of many other record collections online, it’s still worth searching the IGI for your ancestors, but remember – it is an index, and you should always check the original record, which may well contain more information.