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FYI from FHN:
The Hidden Search Capabilities of Familysearch.org
By Nathan W. Murphy, AG
Have you ever wondered what the three mysterious boxes at the bottom of the
search page for the International Genealogical Index do? These often
overlooked boxes labeled Batch Number, Serial/Sheet Number, and Film Number,
provide excellent additional search capabilities not available through
standard avenues. In order to successfully navigate these searches, an
overview of their functions is required. This article will focus on the
Batch Number search.
The Batch Number search, one of the most useful services offered, permits
specific searches in extracted parish registers. For genealogists interested
in their British and European roots, the value of this additional search is
substantial, as parish registers are a key source for those regions. Parish
registers contain religious vital information such as baptisms, marriages,
and burials on the majority of individuals who lived in Great Britain and
Europe. The main search engine restricts geographical searches only by (1)
region, (2) country/state/province, and (3) state/county; however, it does
not reach down to the next critical jurisdictional level the parish.
The parish is the most significant jurisdictional unit to search for
ancestors in the United Kingdom, Europe, and their former colonies, because
parish registers were recorded at this level. A parish search queries by
surname or time period, and retrieves information on all individuals of
interest in a specified locality. Before the addition of this new feature to
the FamilySearch Web site, it was necessary to search county by county,
which for a place like London, England, with 114 parishes by the 19th
century, yielded an unmanageable number of results. Being able to search
parish by parish saves great amounts of time.
The Batch Number search is particularly valuable to genealogists whose
ancestors came from countries where baptisms and marriages have been heavily
extracted from parish registers. Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Norway,
Denmark, Finland and Mexico are among the best-indexed nations on the IGI.
These registers have been transcribed by volunteers from the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and placed on the FamilySearch Web site. Each
paris! h has received one or more corresponding Batch Numbers.
Research aids are available for some of these countries to determine which
parishes have been extracted. Cecil R. Humphery-Smiths The Phillimore Atlas
and Index of Parish Registers itemizes the extracted work, parish by parish,
for England, Scotland, and Wales, identifying, among other information,
which parishes can be searched by name on the IGI.
To conduct this type of search, first determine the Batch Number for the
parish of interest. Currently, there is not an easy way to determine the
appropriate number, so I will present a case study from my own research to
demonstrate the process. During my attempts to discover the German hometown
of my American immigrant ancestor, Johann Nicholas Kraft, I found mention of
his marriage record on the IGI in the German Lutheran parish of Altleiningen
in the province of Pfalz. After clicking on Johanns name on the Search
Results page, I realized that the Messages section, near the bottom of the
Individual Record page, stated that this entry had arrived to the IGI as an
Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record. This revealed
that the parish for his entry had been extracted, and that the e! ntry was
derived from a primary source, and not as a submission by someone tracing
his or her personal family tree.
Immediately below the Messages section, under Source Information, I clicked
on the link entitled Source Call Number, and discovered that this entry came
from the parish registers of the Lutheran Church in Altleiningen, Pfalz. I
used this information to order the microfilm and view the original
handwritten entry, which can contain additional biographical details not
listed on the IGI. The Source Information section also revealed the Batch
Number as M997151, an item listed for extracted parishes. By clicking on the
link for this number, I was brought back to the IGI search engine, and the
Web site automatically inserted the Batch Number in the box for my search. I
proceeded to write down all of the Krafts in the parish, created an index
for the surname, and then returned to the microfilm copy of the original
Kirchenbuch to search for each of the original entries. The IGI made up f!
or the lack of an index in the original German register, which saved time,
and I quickly found additional information on my ancestors relatives. A
project that would have taken several hours took less than one hour.
If the desired person is not found on the IGI, make sure to also check the
various regional Vital Record Indexes, which are holding files for recent
extractions. These CDs may be accessed at local Family History Centers, and
those for Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden can currently be
searched on the FamilySearch Web site.
Nathan W. Murphy is an Accredited Genealogist specializing in mid-South and
Gulf South United States research. He expects to graduate with a B.A. in
Family History from Brigham Young University in August 2004. Other areas of
research interest include England, Wales, Quebec, Scandinavia, Latin
America, and Italy. Nathan provides research services and can be contacted
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Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
In Yesterday's Virginian-Pilot there is a story that will have you saying
"They don't Vacuums much in City buildings do they?"
We don't know how long it was there, the paper doesn't say, but we can safely
assume it was a good long time depending on HOW you interpret what the paper
says, because they don't actually SAY how long it was missing. They just keep
talking about the fact that it's 400 years old.
The title is "Documents dating to 1600s discovered under office couch"
Circuit court Clerk George Shaefer and his chief deputy, Tom Larson, were
rearranging furniture in January when the pushed aside a couch and found a
fabric-covered volume. Shaefer, who had just taken office, opened it and was
astonished to read on the first page:
"Deed of Norfolk Borough." The date at the top, in Strong cursive handwriting
It was the document that gave birth to the city.
The deed, as well as other documents, including "An Act Confirming Titles to
Town Lands" and "An Act for ports, " were in a fabric bound book, enclosed in
protective plastic sleeves. Schaefer also covered a stack of papers, including
wills, and arrest warrants, dating to the 1700's folded as tightly as Chinese
fans, bound with twine and housed in a desk draw.
It was just an interesting read, and I thought I would share a portion of it
Just wanted to update you on what I have been doing with the site this week.
Spent most of the week trying to clean up some of the site.
Deleting Stuff that I started and never completed. Or stuff that just wasn't
Also going back and adding additional marriage materials from counties
Princess Anne County, Norfolk, Accomac,Amelia,Rockbridge,Orange
County,Goochland, all of these in various years, etc.
Also trying to add some navigation to Birth Records, this part of the website
has been sorely neglected, along with the death records, (if anyone has
cemetery interments, let me know)
If anyone has "old" newspapers before 1950 or either VA or NY, copies OK,
please email me. Specially looking for gossip,obits,marriage announcements, birth
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Our Story page of
the website, please remember however, that this page is to tell about something
that happened to you during your genealogy hunt, it's not a place to place
look ups etc. If you need a look up email me.
Hope everyone has a nice valentine's DAY!
I have been in this and find it very interesting dates start in marriages
in the 1600s
That is where I am working now at odd times so as not to get burned up on
just doing that.
This gal has done a good job so far as I can see.
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:59:16 -0800
From: "Freddie Spradlin" <fspradlin(a)earthlink.net>
Subject: [VAROOTS] Henings' Statute at Large
Volume 3, of Hening's Statutes at Large, covering the laws of Virginia
1684-1710, is now complete, and available at http://vagenweb.org/hening/
Some may already know of this list and this is for those that have not seen
The names of the persons appearing in the above URL are those listed on the
Charters of 1606, 1609, 1612 and a list of stockholders in 1620. These names
have been checked against names found in Alexander Brown's "Genesis of the
United States". An attempt has been made to eliminate duplicates. Persons proving
descent from any one of these individuals would be eligible to join the
Society. Most of the following persons made contributions to the Virginia
Company of London and held shares accordingly. Some shares were passed to heirs
or sold after purchasing them. This list should be treated as a preliminary
effort and not complete, although it is not likely to change significantly.
Here is an extended list of occupations that has waterman listed as one of
the definations that had previously been quoted. I was not looking for
occupations but noticed this link and checked it out. Being so extensive I thought
some might concider saving it somewhere. It is from a KY resource
A List of Occupations