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From: "Ian Hunter" <>
Subject: RE: Batch Numbers
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 17:59:53 +0100
Naughty Noel has just upset all those people who've traced their
ancestry back to King Canute exclusively using the IGI.
Your KIDD ancestors are unlikely to be related to Captain Kidd, you're
unlikely to be related to the Royal Family, SMITHs are not all related
and Manchester ISN'T IN ESSEX!
There. Said it. Got it off my chest.
Ian Pubby Hunter
Essex Pubs at: http://www.essexpubs.net
I use Archive CD Books to help with my research
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Noel Clark [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 6:00 AM
> Subject: Batch Numbers
> 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 an example.
> The advantage of this method is that you get all of the
> entries in one or two hits.
> HOWEVER ......
> 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 transcription.
> 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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