I assume you mean 1881 census CD compared to the FamilySearch online version of the same
census (which is not IGI).
I've used both extensively. If you mean usability, there is no contest - online is
better, especially if you have broadband internet access. No disc swapping. Broad and
"long-shot" searches can be made more easily and across the whole census in one
go. If you mean accuracy, I have no evidence that the information is any different between
the CD and Online. I suppose it is possible that LDS will amend/update the online version
when they are told of transcription errors, but I suspect not yet. And if they were
logging such errors, most should have been dealt with between Microfiche publication and
One final advantage of the online version - for some - is that you access to the 1880 US
and Canadian census as well.
The advantages may be less if you have a standard, slower internet connection.
Sent: Tue 27/01/2004 10:37
Subject: [SoG] FamilySearch on the Internet & CD-ROM
Has anyone come across a comparison (or the differences) of the use of the IGI and the
1881 British Census on the Internet and on CD-ROM?
Chelmsford, Essex, UK