The following areas are accessible only to SGGEE members, in a password-protected section of the site:
Maps and Indices
Look at maps and a searchable index of village names in Poland and Volhynia. Maps and Index provided for SGGEE use by Jerry Frank.
History Book Index
Look at a searchable database of surnames found in local history books from various areas of Canada and the United States. Members can contact the owners of the local history books for biographical sketches of the persons listed. There are 23,570 names in the index as of January 24, 2003.
Contact information for SGGEE members, including who speaks which languages.
Master Pedigree Database
Parish Records Index (PRI) Database
SGGEE has access to the indices of films of original Polish birth, marriage and death records. This database is now also fully searchable. Let us know who you seek, and we will see if we can find even more information about that person for you. There are 368,800 names in this database as of February, 2012.
Advanced Search - St. Petersburg Records - Names and Partial Names
The public area of the website includes a normal search of the St. Petersburg Volhynian Lutheran birth, marriage and death records. The members-only area includes an advanced search engine for each of the databases to find second surnames that may be listed in addition to the first surname (the normal search will only find the first surname). The advanced search engine will also allow a member to find any occurrence of any series of letters anywhere in the database. Thus, with the advanced search, you can find surnames where either the translator or the pastor wrote the incorrect first letter, or you can do a search for a part of a name. If a member searches for "ess" in a normal search of the St. Petersburg birth records, he will find only 15 names, all beginning with "Ess" With the advanced search, he will find 156 surnames, with the "ess" anywhere in the name. For instance, this advanced search will find Less and Laess, as well as many others.
Advanced Search - St. Petersburg Records - to Locate a Village
Many villages in Volhynia have the same name. That makes it difficult to discover which village is the one that your ancestor came from. This new database will help you to discover which village is the one you seek, since it is all the birth, marriage and death records for Volhynia sorted by film number and registration number. That means that the data is in the same order as the route of travel of the pastor who created the records. You can look at the villages that the pastor visited before and after your village to discover which villages your village is near.