Explanation of Batch Numbers
T000001 to T000010 and T000150
T000011 to T000137
T998--- and T9990
01 to 23
6000001 to 6899999
6940405 to 6949426
8-4---- to 8-9
The "IGI Batch Number Index" will help you find the sources for the information listed about individuals in the "International Genealogical Index" (IGI).
How to Use the "IGI Batch Number Index"
Follow these four steps to find the source. You will need the batch number end perhaps the serial/sheet number from the IGI entry to begin.
1. Find the batch number in the "IGI Batch Number Index."
Batch numbers are listed first in alphabetical order, then in numerical order. Numbers beginning with a letter are listed before all-digit numbers. The first and last batch number is listed at the top of each microfiche.
The index is arranged in three columns: (1) the IGI batch number, (2) the input source number, and (3) the printout number. Each page has two sets of these three columns.
Batch Input Source Print Batch Input Source Print
No. Out No. Out
C507571 013200 1002752 C507861 599308 1002782
C507581 013200 1002750 C507871 599308 1002622
C507591 013200 1002753 C507881 599308 1002622
C507601 013201 1002776 C507891 886754 1205777
C507611 013206 1002621 C507892 770464 None
C507621 013279 1002753 C507901 013200 1002750
2. Write down the input-source number.
The input-source number is the library call number for a microfilm, microfiche, or book. Sometimes an abbreviation appears in this column.
Microfilm call numbers are all-digit numbers (such as 835247). An item number listed with it (835247, item 3), tells you which item to look for on the roll of film. If more than one film number is listed, see the explanation (below) for that type of batch number.
You may find a record group number (RG4 2416) listed with the film number.
The RG number, found on some British films, can help you find the source
on the microfilm. The number is stamped on the side of the page (record
groups are not on the microfilm in any specified order).
Microfiche call numbers have seven digits and begin with the number 6 (6033251). A second, two-digit number following the call number (6033251 09) indicates how many microfiche in the set.
Book call numbers have both numbers and letters. A period sometimes also appears between some of the numbers (975.633/C1 U261).
If the number is 6035516 you will need to search the "Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of Scotland" to got the library call number. Look for the name of the parish at the front of the register, on the microfiche then find the county and parish number in the register pages that follow. The film numbers are listed next to the year of birth. You can also find these film numbers in the Family History Library Catalog. the microfiche 6035516 gives the information necessary to determine the film number.
The following abbreviations sometimes appear in the "Input/Source" number column.
AR REC: archive record. The source is a family group record in the Archive Section of the Family Group Records Collection. These family group records were submitted from 1942 to 1969 for temple ordinance work. Paper copies of most of these records are filed in binders and available in the Family Search Center in Joseph Smith Memorial Building. They are also on microfilm in the Family History Library and can be ordered by Family History Centers.
The records are arranged alphabetically by the name of the husband (surname first, then given name and middle name). Records of different individuals with the exact same name are arranged chronologically by date of birth. Those with middle names follow those with only one given name. The Family History Library Catalog, author/title section, lists the microfilm numbers under the heading "Family Group Record Collection, Archive Section (16mm microfilm format) 1942-1969." The locality section of the catalog lists then under Salt Lake City--archives and libraries. This can be found on either the microfiche edition of the catalog or the computer edition.
An asterisk (*) next to a name on the left side of the family group record means that this individual appears on another family group record in this same collection as either a parent or a child. Stamped dates in the temple ordinance columns are official dates and do not need to be verified. Typed dates were provided by the submitter. Sometimes the form has been retyped and will now contain no stamped dates.
Names on archive records may also be listed in the Temple Records Index Bureau (TIB). For more information, see the explanation under TIB.
NA: Not yet available. The source is not yet available. Check the next edition of the "IGI Batch Number Index."
NONE: The library does not have a copy of this source, or a printout does not exist at this time.
SIS: Special Services. Part or all of some IGI batches were processed by Special Services of the LDS Church. The input sources for these entries are not available to the public. If such an entry is for a member of your direct-line family and you need the information to continue your genealogical activities, you may write to Special Services, Temple Department, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.
TIB: Temple Records Index Bureau. This is a card index to LDS temple endowments performed or processed before October 1970. Microfilm copies of the TIB are available in Special Collections at the Family History Library. They cannot be ordered by family history centers because they include information on living people.
You may request a photocopy of a TIB card by sending a Temple Ordinance Indexes Request form (PFGS0073) to the Family History Department with the required fee. If the TIB card indicates that the person's name appears on an archive record (see above), you may also be sent a copy of that record (a family group record in the Archive Section).
To search the TIB microfilms, you must be a member of the LDS church and have a current temple recommend, or a letter from your current bishop. If you are searching for another individual, you must also have a letter from that person authorizing you as the agent to search his or her lines. The TIB may list birth date and place, names of parents, date of baptism and endowment, date of death, name of heir or family representative, end sometimes date of civil marriage.
3. Write down the printout number. The printout number is the library call number for the Parish and Vital Records Computer Printout, if one exists, for a given parish or town record. The computer printout is a list of all births, christenings, or marriages for a place, arranged alphabetically by name. If a printout exists, you may want to check it before checking the source used to enter the information into the computer. The printout is especially helpful if you want to find names of brothers, sisters, or other relatives listed in the extracted record. This typed list in English helps you quickly find the names if the original record is in a foreign language, or if it is handwritten and difficult to read.
4. Find the microfilm, microfiche, or book. Check the list of batch numbers below to identify the type of source you are looking for. If the batch number is:
An extracted record, you will usually find the microfilm, microfiche, or book in the area of the library that has microfilms for a designated geographical area, such as England or the United States.
A patron-submitted form, you will find the microfilm in the US and Canada Film Collection.
A computer printout, you will usually find the microfilm in the area in the library that has microfilms for a designated geographical area.
Batch numbers refer to the sources of information for entries in the IGI. There are three basic kinds of sources:
1. Extracted records Church and civil birth, christening, and marriage). Letters C,J,K, and P indicate christening or birth records. E and M (except M17, M18) indicate extracted marriage records. The numbers 725, 745, and 754 refer to vital record indexes, and 744 to other extractions.
2. Member-submitted forms (submitted by LDS Church members for temple ordinances since 1969). The letter F and all-digit numbers (with a 3rd digit below 4) indicate family group records, Individual Entry forms, and Marriage Entry forms. An all-digit number often indicates that someone has researched the name. The numbers 01-23 indicate family group records submitted outside the U.S.
3. Selected temple and deceased member records of the LDS Church.
Each batch number is explained below. (These explanations also apply to the reference numbers on the Patron Notification previously issued by the Family History Dept.) Each number consists of seven characters. The first letter or numbers indicate the type of source (the source can be circulated to Family History Centers unless otherwise indicated).
A------ The source is an LDS temple sealing record The "Input Source" column gives the microfilm number of the temple record. This microfilm is available only in Special Collections in the Family History Library, on a limited basis. However, a copy of most sealing records indicated by this batch number is located in the Family Group Record Collection--Archive section for sealing performed after 1942 (see AR REC archive record). For sealing performed earlier than 1942, the Temple Records Index Bureau (TIB) often contains more information than the early sealing records.
If you want to use the actual temple record (for entries that include ordinances performed for living persons), you may obtain information only on your direct-line ancestors or those of your spouse. You can do this personally or have it done by someone with access to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Many early temple sealing records do not contain much additional information, however.
You must have a current LDS temple recommend or a letter from your bishop to use a temple record that includes ordinances an individual received in person during life (or to use a record that is filmed with this kind of record). If acting as an agent for someone else, you also must have a letter of authorization from that individual. A temple record with this batch number cannot be circulated to a Family History Center, and copies cannot be obtained with a photo duplication request form.
If more than one microfilm number is listed, use the indexes to temple records, available in Special Collections in the Family History Library, to determine the correct film number. You will need to know when and where your ancestor was sealed. You can obtain this information from the S column of the IGI.
C------ The source is a birth or christening record extracted from a primary source in the LDS record extraction program. A birth record may list names of parents; a christening record may list birth and christening dates, names of parents, and witnesses or family members, and the father's occupation. The call number for the original record is in the "Input Source" column. In a printed book, the source is already an abstract of the original record and may not give additional information. You may want to check the original record used for compiling the printed source.
You will find the book, microfilm, or microfiche in the Family History Library collection area that keeps films for the geographical area of the individual's birth. Several records may be on one microfilm. Find the correct church or civil record and time period. Names are usually listed in chronological order. If the "Input Source" column lists more than one film number, use the "Parish and Vital Records List" to find the exact call number.
D------ These batch numbers appear only on the patron Notification previously created by the Family History Department and are always associated with another batch number. Look up the accompanying batch number in this index to find the source.
E------ The source is a marriage record extracted in the LDS record extraction program. Because christening records usually do not exist for individuals listed in the earliest marriage records, the marriage date identifies the bride and groom for LDS temple ordinances of baptism and endowment. To find the call number for the marriage record, look under M batch numbers in this index for the corresponding number. For example, for batch E038951 look under batch number M036951.
F------ The source is a family group record submitted by an LDS Church member. The F batch number indicates that one or more names on the record was processed by another system. (An all-digit batch number indicates standard regular processing.)
A microfilm copy of the family group record is in the US and Canada Collection and can be ordered by Family History Centers. You will find the call number for this film in the "Input/Source" column. The batch number is on the header page preceding the form on the film. You will see two numbers that are similar: an F batch number and an all-digit batch number.
The F number differs in one of two ways. It has--
1. One less zero near the middle. For example: F500173 instead of 5000173.
2. Or one less zero near the end. For example, the batch number will be F838433 instead of 8384303. Note that both batch numbers have seven characters.
Only the F number will be stamped on the family group record that contains the name. Add the serial/sheet number to the end of the batch number to make a nine-digit number; forms are filed numerically by this number on the microfilm.
Beginning in 1978 the family group record was used to submit names with incomplete information. Names with complete information, though listed on the family group record, were not processed from this form until the early 1980's, however, when all names were processed from this form. Names with complete information were processed by standard (regular) processing. Names with incomplete information were not.
Some information on some family members was estimated or added based on details of other family members. Sometimes this may be very different from what you expect, such as having husband's birth year used as the marriage date.
In 1987 the family group record became the Standard Submission Form, and the way F batches were numbered was changed.
H------ The source is an LDS Church membership record of a deceased individual. "Deceased member records" have been microfilmed, but cannot be photocopied (and Family History Department staff cannot transcribe information from them). Microfilms are at the US and Canada Collection. Married women are listed by their married surnames in the films, even though they are in the IGI under their maiden surnames.
On membership records you may find birth and death dates and places, names of parents, ordinance dates, marriage date, spouse's name, and names of children.
J,K---- The source is a birth or christening record extracted in the LDS record extraction program. See instructions for C batch numbers.
L------ The source is a temple-originated record (TOR) for temples that use the automated temple recording system. It contains information on living and deceased persons and access is therefore limited. See also T90.
M------ The source is a marriage record extracted in the LDS record extraction program (except M17, M18 batches). You may find parents' names, names of witnesses, birth dates and places, couple's ages, and occupation of the groom or the father. Follow the instructions for C batch numbers.
The batch number is the call number for the microfilmed temple record. Microfilmed temple records are in Special Collections in the Family History Library. For more information about using temple records in Special Collections, see A batch numbers. This kind of record cannot be circulated to Family History Centers, and a photocopy cannot be obtained with a photo duplication request form.
P------ The source is a birth or christening record extracted in the LDS record extraction program. See the instructions for C batch numbers. There may be an additional book or film (indicated by the word "Book" or "Plus" following the input-source call number). You may need to search this additional record to find your entry. You can find the call number on the title page of the Parish and Vital Records Computer Printout.
T------ Several types of batch numbers begin with the letter T, and are taken from a variety of sources:
T000001 to T000010 and T000150 . The source is a family group record in the Archive Section. There was no death date listed on the record for the individual when it was submitted. The name was added to the IGI after 110 years had elapsed from the birth date (to make sure the person was deceased). See the information for searching the Archive Section. You may also find genealogical information in the Temple Records Index Bureau (TIB). See the instructions for searching this information.
T000011 to T000137. The source is the Temple Records Index Bureau (TIB). See the instructions for searching this information .
T90----. The source is a family group record that contains information about both deceased and living persons. The form was taken directly to an LDS temple by one of the living persons listed on the form, and therefore is known as a "temple-originated record" (TOR). The form is submitted at the temple instead of the Family History Department. Because of rights of privacy of the living persons listed on this record, it can be used only by direct-line family members. The "Input Source" number is the call number for the member-submitted form. Microfilmed copies of TOR's are in Special Collections in the Family History Library, but are not circulated to Family History Centers. Photocopies of submission forms cannot be obtained with a photo duplication request form.
T96----. The source is a form filled out by the Family History Department to correct an existing entry. The "Input Source" number is the call number for the microfilm copy in the US and Canada Collection. If you have questions about the entry, contact the Family History Department.
T990---. The source is usually a form prepared by the Family History Department for names of royalty/nobility. The "Input Source" number is the call number for the microfilm copy in the US and Canada Collection. Forms are filed either numerically by the batch and serial/sheet number (add the serial/sheet number to the end of batch number to make a nine digit number) or alphabetically under the father's or husband's surname. If there is no surname, the record is filed by the highest royalty/nobility title.
T998--- and T9990--. The source is a form submitted by LDS Church members. Some LDS ordinances had already been performed for at least one person listed on the form when it was submitted. The "Input Source" number is the microfilm call number for the microfilm copy in the US and Canada Collection. To locate the form, find the batch number, and then add the serial/ sheet number to the end of the batch number to make a nine digit number. Submitted forms are filed numerically by this number.
If the serial/sheet number is four digits (0215) instead of one or two digits (87), divide the number by three to obtain the approximate sheet number.
T9991--. This source is records processed by Special Services of the LDS Church Temple Department. For more information, see the instructions for SIS.
All Digit # The source for most all-digit batch numbers are forms submitted by members of the LDS Church (except 694, 725, 744, 745, 754, and 766). example 8012309.
Unless the form is a family group record, the only other information you may find is the submitter's name and address, (which may be outdated). Sometimes the relationship to the deceased, and the source listed for the information. From 1970 to about 1987, with some uses of it to mid-1990. The first two digits of the batch number are the last two digits of the year the form was submitted. For example, 8454961 was submitted in 1984. The "Input Source" number is the call number for the microfilm copy in the US and Canada Collection. To locate the desired sheet within the batch, use the serial/sheet number (two digits) to make a nine-digit number. Forms are filed numerically by this number.
01 to 23 . The source is a form submitted by an LDS Church member to a temple outside the U.S. or Canada. The information is in the submitter's native language. To find the source, use the instructions for all-digit batch numbers.
500----. The source is a patron-submitted form. Use the instructions for F batch numbers to locate it.
6000001 to 6899999. The source is names submitted in automated form by members using Personal Ancestral File (PAF) software. (Please note-- It looks like a Family History Library Catalog microfiche number, but it is not)
694----. The source is an early ward or branch record of the LDS Church. It has been microfilmed and can be circulated. However, copies of the source cannot be requested with a photo duplication request form (due to the excessive amount of time required to locate an entry on the microfilm). To determine the film number you need, look in the Family History Library Catalog under the locality and the subject heading "Church records." For example: "California, Los Angeles, San Pedro--Church Records, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. San Pedro Ward (California)." However, the place listed in the IGI entry may not be place of birth or the place where the individual or family was attending an LDS conference. therefore, it may not be possible to tell which record to look for.
6940405 to 6949426. The source is a card index to early ward and branch records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, created by Minnie Margetts. You may find parents' names; birthrate and place; date of blessing, baptism, confirmation, and ordination; name of ward; name of stake; and sometimes death date, age, and residence. The microfilms are in the British Collection. Photocopies are not made of these records: the quality of the filming is poor, and photocopies cannot be made readable (the microfilmed cards were destroyed). Names are listed alphabetically by surname. Use the following list to get the film call number.
|Aagard through Batez (and entries without surnames)|
|Bath through Bryson|
|Bubb through Cooper, William|
|Cooper, William, through Ekstrom|
|Elanson through Goujie|
|Gough through Hess, Seymour|
|Hess, Thea, through Johnson, Minnetta|
|Johnson, Minnie, through Luke, Susannah|
|Luke, Thomas, through Moungoy|
|Mount through Pfouts|
|Phail through Ryves|
|S through Startup, Anne|
|Startup, Harriet, through Waildin|
|Wain through Wood, Janet|
|Wood, Jesse, through Zytherlaan|
69407--. The source is a card index to early ward and branch records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The records are from Scandinavia. You may find parents' names, birth date, birthplace, baptism, confirmation, and sometimes death date or emigration date. There is an index to Scandinavian Mission index now available on microfiche. It is arranged alphabetically by surname. It is on microfiche, FHL call number 6060482 (344 fiche). Films are located in the International Collection. Photo- copies cannot be made of these records.
69409--. The source is a family group record in the Archive Section. That record does not show ordinance data for this individual. See the instructions for the Archive Section (p. 2). The Temple Records Index Bureau (TIB) may also contain information. See the instructions for searching the TIB (p. 3).
696----. The source is a Special Services record.
information for SIS (p. 3).
725----. The source is an English marriage index compiled by J.S.W. Gibson. You will find no additional information in this index. The computer printout, arranged alphabetically by surname, is on microfilms 543896 (surnames beginning with A through O) and 543897 (P through Z).
744----. The source is one of several extraction projects that include births from many places. Extractions from Norway include farm names.
745----, 754----. The source is an extracted record from a statewide vital records index. You will find an index card. The "Input Source" number is the call number for the microfilm copy, usually found in the film collection for the place of the event. Entries will be filed numerically by batch and serial/sheet numbers, chronologically by event date, or alphabetically by surname. Most information in these batches is listed in the IGI; there is little additional information. You may find additional and/or more correct information in the actual town or parish record from which the statewide index was made. Use the Family History Library Catalog to locate this record.
766----: Write for information. There are only a few of these not converted to their original batch number.
8-4---- to 8-9 . The source is a patron-submitted form. Use the instructions for F batch numbers to locate the form.
Please note: There are no batch numbers for patron-submitted IGI entries processed after mid-1990. The name and address of the submitter is not currently available for these entries.
There are no batch numbers for the pre-1970 additions to the IGI. The film number is given in the batch number column of the IGI.
For more details, please see "instructions for the 1992 edition" which appears as IGI Z001 accompanying the 1992 edition of the IGI. It includes several documents. The IGI Reference Guide (item 3 on this microfiche) gives more detailed explanations of these sources.