Brough Family Organization

Surname Index and Relationship Project (SIRP)

Brough Extraction Project for
Staffordshire, England, 1837-1925

Brough Extraction Project for
St. Peter, Stoke Upon Trent,
Staffordshire, England, 1837-1925

     Surname Index and Relationship Project (SIRP) is a "structured extraction and research system used to identify individuals and combine them into family units". In 2011, SIRP was successfully used by the Brough Family Organization to identify and connect hundreds of individuals living in two countries.
     SIRP acquires online genealogical data from multiple sources on individuals having the same (or similar) surname in a designated geographical area, then inputs all such names and their associated dates and places of births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials into a PAF-style (and GEDCOM friendly) database. Once this database has been compiled, then analysis, screening and merging tools are used to match and link individuals together into related families and larger ancestral lineages.
     Some of the genealogical sources used by SIRP include the following:
     1) LDS Ancestral File - still available at some Family History Libraries and/or on earlier (DOS-style) computer disks.
     2) Pedigree Research File (PRF) - still available at Family History Libraries.
     3) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - viewable on: .
     4) - viewable on: .
     5) FamilySearch Family Tree database available on
     6) Available online government indexes of births, marriages and deaths, such as the British GRO (or "FreeBMD" for England and Wales) - viewable on: ; and the UKBMD Search - viewable on: .
     7) Available online name indexes, databases, and census reports from commercial sites, such as ; ; and Non Conformist & Non Parochial Records - viewable on: . (These three websites can be accessed free-of-charge at Family History Libraries throughout the world.)
     8) Available GEDCOM files from known and reliable family members and related individuals.
     In 2011, the Brough Family Organization used SIRP methodologies to compile databases of hundreds of "Brough" surnamed individuals who had lived from 1800 to the early 1900's in New Zealand and in New South Wales, Australia. Subsequent analysis, screening and merging of these databases resulted in the rapid identification of numerous linked individuals and multiple family lineages.
     At the present time, the BFO is applying SIRP methodologies to identify and combine thousands of individuals and their families who lived in the 1800's and early 1900's in England and Wales.

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