IGI Batch Numbers for the British Isles and North America

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Overview[edit | edit source]

Use this search tool if you are looking for christenings or marriages in microfilms of parish records, and want a quick alphabetical index of all the individuals recorded there. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made the International Genealogical Index (IGI) available on the Internet and provided it with a search engine. Some of the IGI records were submitted by LDS patrons, but some are extractions from original parish records. If you know the batch number of an extracted film for a parish you are interested in, you can do a search for just that number, and the results will be ALL of the extracted names from that record, in alphabetical order. This is a great aid to researchers for locating family members and other associated relatives.

There are two valuable websites one was created by Hugh Wallis. He organized the batch numbers for each country, county, city and parish (British Isles and North America), so that you can easily see which batches are available for the area you are researching.  Archer Software has done the same thing but, has included some batches that were not on the Hugh Wallis website.

Content[edit | edit source]

The batches numbers are for extracted christening and marriage records.

Christening records (which begin with the letter “C”) may contain:

  • Child’s name
  • Parent’s names
  • Parish name or location
  • The film number of the record the batch was extracted from (and will tell you if it is a patron record or an original parish record)

Marriage records (which begin with the letter “M”) may contain:

  • Name of Bride or Groom
  • Name of spouse
  • Date of marriage or banns
  • Parish name or location
  • The film number of the record the batch was extracted from (and will tell you if it is a patron record or an original parish record)

Using the IGI Site[edit | edit source]

Hugh Wallis’ introductory page gives you needed instructions. Once you read them, you’ll click on the country link under “Take me to the Numbers” which is further down the page. Choose the country you want, then the county, and then the parish. The christening records and marriage records batch numbers are displayed with the years they cover.

Click on the batch number you want to search. You can either use the search engine Hugh Wallis provides, or you can copy that batch number and go to the FamilySearch website ..

  • At FamilySearch click on the Dropdown Search tab.
  • Click the "film number..
  • Enter a Batch Number. Click the "Search" button. Search results are displayed in alphabetical order by last name. The site is free of charge.

Tips[edit | edit source]

The extracted information may not contain all the information available in the microfilm record. You should also check the microfilm for other information such as birth date, occupation, names of witnesses, the parent’s residence, etc.

Batch numbers relate to records extracted (indexed) for the International Genealogical Index. Each batch number relates to a specific record and range of years. Knowing more information about what is included in a batch may be helpful for continuing your research.

Knowing the range of years covered by a particular IGI (International Genealogical Index) batch number may help you better understand what data may or may not be indexed in the IGI.

The Parish and Vital Records Index available on microfiche at family history centers has been used to identify what records have been indexed for the IGI. Unfortunately it is only available at family history centers or at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. There is a partial alternative available on the internet.

External links[edit | edit source]

or do a Google search for IGI Batch Numbers – British Isles and North America

  • OpenGen.net has the batch numbers for the United States, searchable by state and county.

From these Web sites, you can search the IGI for a particular batch number for your county or parish, designating a particular surname.