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Individual Record An Individual Record contains all the necessary data pertaining to the Individual. Amongst other things, this can include but is not excluded to dates and locations for Birth's, Death's, life events, sources etc.

All the data that you collect over the years in your genealogical search on every single person, most of the information will end up in the Individual Record.

0 @XREF:INDI@   INDI
  1 RESN <RESTRICTION_NOTICE> more
  1 <<PERSONAL_NAME_STRUCTURE>>
  1 SEX <SEX_VALUE>
  1 <<INDIVIDUAL_EVENT_STRUCTURE>>
  1 <<INDIVIDUAL_ATTRIBUTE_STRUCTURE>>
  1 <<LDS_INDIVIDUAL_ORDINANCE>>
  1 <<CHILD_TO_FAMILY_LINK>>
  1 <<SPOUSE_TO_FAMILY_LINK>>
  1 SUBM @<XREF:SUBM>@
  1 <<ASSOCIATION_STRUCTURE>>
  1 ALIA @<XREF:INDI>@
  1 ANCI @<XREF:SUBM>@
  1 DESI @<XREF:SUBM>@
  1 <<SOURCE_CITATION>>
  1 <<MULTIMEDIA_LINK>>
  1 <<NOTE_STRUCTURE>>
  1 RFN <PERMANENT_RECORD_FILE_NUMBER>
  1 AFN <ANCESTRAL_FILE_NUMBER>
  1 REFN <USER_REFERENCE_NUMBER>
    2 TYPE <USER_REFERENCE_TYPE>
  1 RIN <AUTOMATED_RECORD_ID>
  1 <<CHANGE_DATE>>

As can be seen from above, half of the structures have sub-ordinate structures. What this means is that each sub-ordinate structure is another set of structures that may have even further sub-orbinate structures. In other words, this is lot like how folders are represented on your computer maintaining a form of heirarchy. Further information on sub-ordinate structures will be available in a later tutorial.