IGI Individual Search Guide using Ancestral Quest™


Search the IGI with Ancestral Quest!  You can update your files while looking at the information from the familysearch.org website.  You will have to have your Ancestral Quest program open to use this function.  We recommend that you reduce this program in size so that when you log onto the familysearch.org website, you will be able to view the ordinance information and then add this vital information to your own family files.  As you go through this tutorial, we take you step by step through setting up and conducting your research using Ancestral Quest.  Once you become familiar with this process, the actual searches will be very quick.  So let’s get started!


The General Steps for this process are:

            1.         Get your screen set up to effectively use the program and the web side by side.

            2.         Use Ancestral Quest to locate an individual or marriage and initiate a search on the IGI.

            3.         Examine the results at the LDS website.

            4.         Update your own family files with the new ordinance information.

            5.         Go back to Step 2 and repeat till done.


As you get started, we recommend that you arrange your programs on your computer screen like this for convenience in both viewing information and adding new information.  If you would like a tutorial on how to do this, CLICK HERE.





Note: If you have a low screen resolution, you may have to overlap the programs to be able to read them clearly.  In this guide, we are using a lower resolution of 800 x 600, so the screens are overlapped.





Step 1)       Start Ancestral Quest.







Step 2)       (Optional )Once your Ancestral Quest program is open, we suggest that you reduce the size of this program on your screen.  This will make room for you to view the results for your ordinance searches on familysearch.org. (Don’t reduce it to where you can’t read it easily.)







Step 3)       You are now ready to search for information from the online IGI!  At this point you need to determine which kind of event you want to search for: an individual, a marriage or children from a marriage.  As you look in your family files in Ancestral Quest, make your selection.  Use the “Pedigree”, “Family” or the “Name List” views.  For the purpose of this tutorial, we will search from the “Family” screen.  Now locate the individual you wish to search for.  In the example below, we selected “Thomas Banks.” (RIN 1048)





Step 4)       To view the “Edit Individual” screen for this individual, double-click with your left mouse button.  In the lower left hand corner below “LDS Ordinances” is the “IGI” Button (2).  Click it to initiate your search.


*Please note that depending on your preference settings, you might have the LDS Ordinance section on a Tab that says “LDS”. (1)






Step 5)       This is the “Search FamilySearh.org” screen.  Let’s take a look at what is on this screen.  All the information on this individual as well as options to change the type of search are available here.  Sending the “surrounding” information on the individual search allows for better results.



Step 6)       If you are not already connected to the Internet, click on “Connect to Internet” to go online.  Note that this button is currently “grayed-out” as we are already connected to the Internet in this lesson.



Step 7)       Once you are connected to the Internet, click “Sign On to IGI”. This will bring you to the “Sign-On” screen for the familysearch.org.  (If you have already signed onto the IGI during this Internet session skip this step and go to step 8.) You should only sign on once per Internet session.





NOTE:      You don’t have to sign on to do genealogical searches.  You just won’t be able to view the LDS ordinance information unless you have signed on.


                  ***If you don’t have a sign on ID, you will need to contact your ward clerk for this information.  This guide presumes you have already received this information and you have already established an ID.



Step 8)       (Optional) At this point, you will be brought into the familysearch.org main screen.  We suggest you position the familysearch.org screen on the left like this.  To begin your search Click on “Search IGI”.






Step 9)       This will activate the search on the IGI which will bring up the “Search Results page.”  Compare the information in the IGI results page against the information in your own family files.  If it looks like you have found a matching person, you can now close the “Search IGI” screen by clicking on “Close” button to bring you back to the “Edit Individual” screen to update your own files.  IF YOU DIDN’T GET A MATCH, CLICK HERE.







Step 10)     Click on the match, “Thomas Banks” on the “Search Results” screen in order to view the additional information that you can add to your own files.  Click on your “Edit Individual” screen to add this new information to your family files.  If the “Edit Individual” screen is covering the information, put the cursor in the title bar of “Edit Individual”.  While holding the left mouse button down, move this screen to the right so that you can still see the results of the Ordinance Records.  Now you can update this information by typing it, or by copying and pasting the information from the IGI results screen into your own files.




Step 11)     Click on “Save” to save your changes.  If you can’t see the “Save” button, put the cursor in the title bar “Edit Individual”, holding the left mouse button down and move this screen to the left so that you can see this button.




Congratulations! You have just completed your first IGI Individual update with Ancestral Quest.



Step 12)     To conduct another search,  double click on another individual and go back to Step # 4.





Other searches you may want to conduct.


Click here to go to the Marriage Search Guide.


Click here to go to the Children’s Search Guide.


Click here to go to the List Search Guide.


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