I'm sorry, Diane. I should have made clear I was talking about the IGI
records from the old FamilySearch site which many people still use. I often
go back to the "Previous Site" and use Advanced Search when using
FamilySearch. That allows me to separately access the IGI, or the U.S.
Social Security Death Index, or Ancestral File, etc. for what I want. I can
many times find the name and address of the submitter on Ancestral File and
contact them for more information as they are probably distant cousins.
I've received so much more information, as well as pictures and family
stories that would never be available to me otherwise. I've also been able
to find which of the descendants are from straight male lines for DNA
You are correct about the new FAmilySearch site. The old records were
sorted out, as well as the name(s) of the submitters.
From: Diana Trenchard
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 5:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] The Written word.
Some of the entries on the IGI were extracted from parish records and
therefore, ok. Other entries were submitted by people in the Mormon
because they were asked to submit names to the Church fathers so that
deceased person could be baptized by proxy in the Temple. I don't
was done from malice, but from ignorance. Unfortunately, these
all combined together on the IGI, and one has to look at each entry to
if it was an extraction (transcription) or a submission. I think the
now in the process of sorting all of that out.
[End of quote]
Lynne, you are rather out of date. The IGI was sorted some time back
so that any information submitted by members is now in a separate
database, and those extracted directly from parish registers are now
the 'normal' search. Check the Source codes if you don't believe me.
They also apparently include records from the Vital Records Index but
these are easily distinguishable. The IGI also includes variant
spellings, so that 'Tritchard' and 'Transherde' appear for
I've recently been reconciling my records, obtained personally many
moons ago directly from the parish records, with those in the Mormon
'Family Search'. Of the several thousand records I've only found one
error, which is understandable as to why it appears. It was for a
female named Philip (in the time several centuries back when English
women were frequently given male names), and that was the name on the
memorial in the parish church erected by her son - and he should
certainly have known what his mother was called. It had been
erroneously transcribed as Philis. This is in contrast with Ancestry
where, on average, one in five entries has an error in my experience
of looking at what must be well into thousands of records. Most of
these are minor, but the most recent one was where 'Rebekah' had been
transcribed as 'Obadiah'.
Such major errors can introduce a serious block in research if
reliance is placed only on databases of transcriptions such as
Ancestry or FindMyPast and, to a lesser extent in the IGI. Since we
no longer have access to original parish records, I would recommend
that the most reliable databases are those done by the local Family
History Societies, frequently obtainable on CD or fiche, then the IGI
and last the commercial databases. Note that it is no use the latter
providing access to the original parish record if it has been wrongly
transcribed in the first place.
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