FOUR TIPS TO BE­COM­ING A BET­TER ‘GAPOL­O­GIST’

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Un­der­stand Fam­i­lySearch batches with th­ese two web­sites from Steve Archer and Hugh Wal­lis: archer­soft­ware.co.uk/ igi and freep­ages.ge­neal­ogy.rootsweb. ances­try.com/~hugh­wal­lis/ IGIBatchNum­bers.htm. The in­for­ma­tion on th­ese sites needs to be read to­gether. Study them both to deepen your knowl­edge of how Fam­i­lySearch has been de­vel­oped, and ac­quire an un­der­stand­ing of the com­plex­i­ties of work­ing with th­ese in­dexes. Both web­sites al­low you to pick a par­tic­u­lar batch and search it for a sur­name, or re­turn all the en­tries in a batch. This is an in­valu­able tool. Find out where orig­i­nals are held and the IGI cov­er­age us­ing the At­las and In­dex of Parish Reg­is­ters, edited by Humphrey Smith (Phillimore, 2002). It gives start­ing dates for the reg­is­ters, but does not show all the gaps within the reg­is­ters. It also cov­ers copies of reg­is­ters held at the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists, of which there are many. For pre­cise dates, try The Na­tional In­dex of Parish Regis­terss (pub­lished as county vol­umes by the So­ci­ety of Ge­neal­o­gists), which gives very de­tailed lists of avail­able parish reg­is­ters and non­con­formist records across a whole county, in­clud­ing where the orig­i­nals and copies are held. Check date ranges of the orig­i­nal reg­is­ters us­ing the county record of­fice on­line cat­a­logue.

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