Fam­i­lysearch is much more than the IGI

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I was sur­prised to see nu­mer­ous ref­er­ences to the In­ter­na­tional Ge­nealog­i­cal In­dex (IGI) in the Mas­ter­class fea­ture in Au­gust’s is­sue of your mag­a­zine. The IGI is de­scribed as a ‘Legacy’ col­lec­tion on the Fam­i­lysearch web­site. It

hasha al­most 893 mil­lion en­tries, but they have not been added to since 2008. Nev­er­the­less, the wealth of data sets, many with im­ages at­tached, has con­tin­ued to grow mas­sively on Fam­i­lysearch and I strongly rec­om­mend re­searchers do not rely solely on the his­toric IGI but use the ex­cel­lent search func­tion on the main Fam­i­lysearch record search page, which of­fers pow­er­ful func­tion­al­ity and many more record sets that have been in­dexed by an army of vol­un­teers.

In­ci­den­tally, an early gap in the avail­abil­ity of English parish reg­is­ters was dur­ing the English Civil War and the Cromwellian pe­riod when reg­is­ters were not kept, hid­den or lost. Ear­lier, be­tween 1553-1558, when Catholic Mary Tu­dor was on the throne, Church of Eng­land records may also be ab­sent. Steve Archer’s web­site Fam­i­lySearch: a Guide to the Bri­tish batches ( archer­soft­ware.co.uk/igi) was pre­vi­ously un­known to me, but has now been book­marked for fu­ture ref­er­ence. Sylvia Mur­phy, New South Wales, Aus­tralia Editor replies: You are right Sylvia, it is rather ‘old school’ of us to re­fer to the col­lec­tion of parish records on Fam­i­lysearch.org as the IGI which, as you point out, is a legacy data­base and just part of what is now avail­able on the web­site.

He pre­de­ceased her, dy­ing in Fe­bru­ary 1919, en­sur­ing that he was a long-term sub­ject of con­ver­sa­tion and spec­u­la­tion in the fam­ily by leav­ing most of his sub­stan­tial as­sets to a “wife” in the Far East! I re­mem­ber it be­ing said that the se­cond mar­riage took place be­fore it was strictly le­gal, but Re­becca’s fea­ture men­tions mar­ry­ing your de­ceased wife’s sis­ter was made le­gal in 1907, so they clearly waited un­til af­ter that.

The third sis­ter re­mained a spin­ster un­til her death in 1964 at the age of 101, and she main­tained a close eye on any trans­gres­sions by sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions.

James F Archibald, Sher­borne, Dorset Editor replies: Sounds as if your grand­fa­ther’s sis­ter’s hus­band was an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter!

Robert Koya-Rawl­in­son’s post­card shows fish­er­men – in­clud­ing Ge­orge Hooper – in Cas­tle Square, Tenby, in 1908

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