Is Hugh Wallis a Name or a Database?

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The answer to this question is yes! When searching Google for Hugh Wallis, the first hit is IGI Batch Numbers: British Isles and North America. This is a site that turns the IGI from individual searches for one family (or one individual) into searches for entire parishes and towns of people with that particular surname.

This is not to say that every place within the British Isles, Canada, and the United States will be listed, but every place that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has extracted (recorded names from original vital records) from the early days of the Church’s extraction program to now. For instance, when looking for Williamsburg, Ontario, there were no results, but a search for Goshen, (Orange County), New York comes up with the following batch numbers:

Goshen, Orange (First Presbyterian Church) J530931 1806-1816 M530931 1805-1816 1840-1895 K530931 1806-1816 M530932 1776-1804 1817-1839

A search for the surname, Kinner, within the batch that includes the First Presbyterian Church, returns many hits. Another search for Babell In Ynys, Monmouthshire, Wales: Babell In Ynys Ddu (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist) C095391 1828-1837.

For those who have family from the UK, Canada, or the United States, this tool aids when a person knows a particular area where their family comes from, to see whether or not a family surname exists there.

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