FOUR TIPS TO BECOMING A BETTER ‘GAPOLOGIST’
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.