Update adds 7.3 million names to popular research tool

Millions more birth, christening and marriage records from selected parishes in the British Isles, some dating back more than 450 years, are being made available to the public on compact disc by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the world’s foremost authority on genealogy.

The British Isles Vital Records Index (Second Edition) updates and includes the previously released British Isles Vital Records Index Resource File (published in 1998). The second edition adds approximately 7.3 million names to the index for a total of 12.3 million. There are approximately 10.4 million birth and christening records and 1.9 million marriage records. Spanning an approximate time period from 1530 to 1906, this new set of 16 compact discs contains information on deceased people in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

“Nearly half of American families can trace part of their lineage to the British Isles,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson, executive director of the Family and Church History Department. “Our repository of records is the most comprehensive source available to help these families trace their roots to their forebears in 16th- to 20th- century England. These CDs may save families hundreds of hours of time and painstaking research,” Christofferson said. “The process is as simple as typing in a name.”

Information in the British Isles Vital Records Index (Second Edition) includes the name of the deceased individual and of the spouse or parents. Also included, when available, are the date and place where the birth, christening or marriage was registered. Reference information allows users to locate the original record on a microfilm in the Family History Library collection.

The update includes some records from all counties in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Some records from the Isle of Man are also included. The time span, content and availability of the records vary greatly from parish to parish within each county. It is not a complete index; some counties are more heavily represented than others. A complete breakdown of records by county is listed at www.familysearch.org.

The CD set also includes the most recent version of the Family History Resource File Viewer program. Other features include a parent search, book marking, print options and GEDCOM export.

Since 1978, thousands of Latter-day Saint volunteers and others have spent millions of hours carefully reading and examining microfilmed records. The volunteers “extract” from these original records the most necessary and useful information such as names, dates, places and family relationships. The resulting data is then indexed, and in the case of the vital records indexes, automated into valuable resource files that improve the ease of access and save time for family history researchers.

The British Isles Vital Records Index (second edition), Item #50126, may be obtained for $20 through Church Distribution Services:

Mail: 1999 West 1700 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4233

Phone: 801-240-3800 (Salt Lake City area)

800-537-5971 (United States and Canada)

Fax: 801-240-3685

Online: www.familysearch.org

System Requirements:

Pentium® processor (or higher) MS Window 95® (or higher) or MS Windows NT® 4.0 (or higher) operating system 8 MB RAM minimum (16 MB recommended) CD-ROM drive (4x minimum recommended)

VGA monitor with 256-color-capable video card

The Family and Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the world leader in genealogical work. Its Family History Library, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides access to the world’s largest collection of genealogical records and is linked to more than 3,700 Church family history centers located in 65 countries. The free FamilySearchT Internet Genealogy Service Web site, www.familysearch.org, provides access to the catalog of this collection and has become a portal to thousands of other genealogical Web sites.