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From: "Noel Clark" <>
Subject: Batch Numbers
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 15:00:11 +1000
The site to visit is
The records entered in to the LDS Familysearch database are in batches,
usually corresponding to parts of parish registers, but also to
information submitted by members of the LDS church pertaining to their
own family history.
For example, let us suppose that you are interested in the parish of
Freston, Suffolk. By going to the web site shown above, you can look up
the batch numbers pertaining to Freston. You then go to
www.familysearch.org and, following the instructions there, use these
batch numbers to display all of the entries (if any) in the register for
the surname(s) of interest to you. Try the surname BLOSS in Freston as
The advantage of this method is that you get all of the entries in one
or two hits.
Points to note:
Not all parishes have batch numbers.
There is no guarantee that the database contains all of the entries in
the parish register.
You have no idea of the accuracy of the data, gaps in the data, the
condition of the original registers, etc. etc. The LDS data may have
been derived from the original register, or, and often, from a previous
As always with the LDS, you get no burials. Many is the family tree
built on an ancestor who died in infancy!
So it is imperative to look at the original records before using the LDS
data to compile a family tree.
What is important about the LDS database is what is NOT THERE rather
than what is.
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