Q&A on Using the Black Sea German Database
By Gayla Aspenleiter
The Black Sea German database is a compilation of family trees submitted by Black Sea German researchers. It also includes data from original records, like church records or obituaries, that have been extracted from those records by a volunteer. Each tree is identified by a title and includes the name and email address of the person who submitted the tree.
There are two ways to search the database - basic and advanced search.
* Search all trees at once
* Results provide name, date of birth, ID #, and tree
To use the basic search, you should:
* Type in at least a surname
* Click on name to view individual's information
Advanced search allows you to:
* Search all trees at once or specify a specific tree to search
* Define specific search criteria to narrow your search
* Use soundex to find alternate spellings of a surname
* Use dropdown menus to provide advancecd search options
The database contains family trees from many people and many sources. When you find your ancestor, his/her name may have been submitted by multiple researchers (distant cousins of yours!). His/her name may also have been listed in original source material included in the database, like church records, death notices, town history book indexes, repression lists. You’ll want to check each tree that lists your ancestor’s name because each might have a new nugget of information you don’t know. Plus it may help you connect to those distant cousins.
Is there a way to search different spellings of a surname?
Yes! Go to Advanced Search and type in the surname you are searching for. Select soundex of from the dropdown menu and then select search. Soundex provides phonetic searching and helps to find words where the exact spelling is unknown or there are multiple spellings. For example, the surname Meyer can also be written as Maier, Meier, Mayer, Maar, Maehr, Maher, etc.
If the information in the database is not correct, you can suggest a change. While you are on the record of the person you would like to suggest a change for, click on the Suggest tab at the top of the page and a form for suggesting changes will appear. Your ancestor's name and ID number will appear at the top. You will need to fill in your name and email address at the top of the form and then your proposed change. Please include the source for the change that you are proposing so others can verify. Submit your suggestion and usually within 48 hours you will see your submitted change in the notes section of the individual you suggested the change for.
Yes, you can print numerous reports from the database by clicking on the Print button at the top of the page. You will want to make sure you select print preview before you send the page to the printer to ensure that the page will fit correctly on the paper. You many have to adjust the margins on the page to scale the informati0n to fit. You can print register reports, individual records, ancestor charts, descendant charts, relationship charts, and a timeline.
Send us a GEDCOM of your family data and we will add it to our database. Make sure you read our document called creating and submitting a GEDCOM and our sharing policy. Once we receive your GEDCOM, we will privatize it and then upload it to the database. The process can take up to 48 hours. If you make numerous changes to your database, you can resubmit it with the changes and we will replace the original file.
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