08 September 2006

Was Zayde a Mormon? Removing names from the IGI

Readers have asked how to remove names they feel were inappropriately entered into the International Genealogical Index (IGI). The method is contained in an informative JewishGen InfoFile, www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/ldsagree.html, written by genealogist Bernard Kouchel.

The specific mechanism to request removal of names, along with additional information on searching the IGI, is at www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/ldsagree.html#A.

Kouchel writes:

If you feel a special connection to those who have gone before you and an increased responsibility to those who will follow, you will insist on removal of their names from the baptismal lists.

We were informed that requests for removal of your family's names from the IGI may be honored, and a confirmation notice may be sent if requested.

Removed names may reappear at a later date, so recheck the IGI periodically. Some say that the Ordinance Index contains historical records of Church activity and those recorded names will never be removed.

E-mail specific requests for IGI name removal to help@productsupport.familysearch.org.

LDS recommends that you submit the following information, if known:

The individual's name
The individual's birth date and place
The individual's parents' names
The individual's spouse's name
Your name, address, and daytime phone number
Your relationship to the mentioned individual
The reason you think the individual should be removed

Alternate address:
Family and Church History Department
Attention: Family History Support, IGI Corrections
50 East North Temple Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3460


  1. Anonymous7:34 AM

    Thanks to Schelly for posting this, but it should be clear that while you may be successful in having your ancestor's name removed from the public view of the IGI, the baptism still remains in the database - only it is the part that is only viewable by those with passwrod access. They claim that they are going to cutrail batch posthumous baptism - baptizing a whole list of people from a group unrelated to the submitter, but it is doubtful that this will actually happen as the elders of the church has made requirements for baptism a virtual phenomenon.

  2. The Mormons have posthumously baptized many thousands of Holocaust victims. Let's organize the blogosphere to get those victims names removed from the Mormon baptismal lists. We must be a voice for the voiceless. Spread the word. Instructions below.

    a) Go to http://tinyurl.com/5kwh , or,
    (Cut & paste full url to your browser)
    b) In FIRSTNAME box, type common Jewish name, i.e. Sarah, Moses, Chaim, Isaac, etc. Leave LASTNAME box blank.
    c) In EVENT, select DEATH/BURIAL
    d) In YEAR RANGE, select '+/- TWO YEARS'
    e) In YEAR, type any one year between 1942-1945 (1944 is best).
    f) In region, select CONTINENTAL EUROPE
    g) In COUNTRY, select POLAND (country with most camps)
    h) Leave all other boxes blank, now click SEARCH.
    i) Search results will display a list of names of many Holocaust victims. Click on an individual's name to select record to display.
    (Frequently a death camp will be named).
    j) Click PEDIGREE near top of page to view Family Tree.

    2) HOW TO REMOVE NAMES - Read the following blog:-

  3. Anonymous2:00 PM

    The idea of posthumously baptizing someone is a complete absurdity. And the idea of protesting it so as to put an end to the practice is, in my opinion, an even bigger absurdity. For my part, the Mormons can posthumously baptize King Tut, Moses, Job, Samson and Delilah, the Queen of Sheba, Anne Frank, Albert Einstein and King Arthur and Robin Hood if it makes them happy. Who cares?!!!!