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From: "Ron Bozzay" <>
Subject: [ABERDEEN] Searching LDS records by Surname / Batch and intersting finds when databasing this type of information
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 21:26:25 -0500
HI! I wanted to pass on some really neat research tips.
I went to the LDS site http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
I put in a surname (for example Penny) and a first name of one of the folks I know to be in my family.
I select the Country Scotland
I get a big list back
I scan it for parish/city information and dates that key into my person.
When I find one, I look to see if there is a batch # on the lower left hand side of the page.
Write this number down.
Now go back to the search page and on the left hand side pick the "International Genealogical Index"
This brings up a slightly different looking search page
Enter you surname but no first name this time
Pick British Isles from Region.
Pick Scotland from Country
Leave Counties to all.
Now, enter your batch number.
What you get is all of the Penny, Pennie, Penney folk covered in that batch.
Batches appear to be for a parish and for a specific period of time.
By doing this a few times you start to see several batch numbers and more names for those with
your surname in a specific area.
You can also use this form to search by parents. Just enter the first and last name of the father
and at least the first name of the mother (or say first few letters) and you should get all of their
children that LDS has on file.
I have been compiling a Penny database and have found that in the same place over a period of
years the same father will have the last name sometimes spelled Penny, sometimes Pennie, and
sometimes Penney. How do I know this is the same person? He has the same wife with all the
This has really helped me figure out who really goes to who and I can do this from home at any time.
I just had to pass this on!
PS: for anyone with a connection to Penny in any spelling I currently have an excel spreadsheet that is over 409 lines long
and growing. I have columns for marriage and children with dates, years, locations, and batch numbers. I am only looking
at Aberdeen related parishes like Tyrie, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Lonmay, Pitsligo and New Pitsligo, Peterhead, Crimond,
Logie Buchan, Old Deer, and others! There is a fascinating view beginning to develop and I can sort to see this several
different ways. If any of you can read a Microsoft Excel Template and are interested in Penny let me know. I am happy to
see if yours is in my growing database. (No, I am not going to publish this...I did this for myself and my own research but
I am willing to share with those who have a vested interest in the surname...I am listing the wives / husbands the Penny folk
married when they are listed which is really more frequently than not.)