[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] StPete records

Rose Ingram roseingram at shaw.ca
Sat Jul 3 12:59:05 PDT 2010

Yesterday I saw a posting on the ProGenealogist website (I lost the link) saying that all the images of the St. Pete's records which were removed from the familysearch website, will probably not be available for viewing for another 6 months or so.

So if we need to look at the orginal records which supports the indexed data, we will need to to do it the 'old fashioned' way - order the film through your Family History Center.  I think we are fortunate to have had them online for viewing for about a year.   I suspect that's about all the images that will be on line.  
Permission has to be granted to the FamilySearch group by the various Archives in Poland or elsewhere to have any filmed records digitized, indexed and put on line.  This may be a long time coming.  Don't hold your breath, back to filmed records.

Rose Ingram 
  From: Gary Warner 
  Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2010 9:09 AM


  The only things that you cannot see at the present time, because they 
  have been temporarily removed by the Famimly History Library, are the 
  actual images of the St. Petersburg birth, marriage and death records.

  You can continue to see the database of the names on those images as you 
  note below, or you can see them (and a lot of additional records that 
  SGGEE has added) at each of the pages noted here




  I am not sure what you mean when you say when you say that you do not 
  like the "new way to go through them", but if you are saying that you do 
  not like the links above, then perhaps you are adding too much in the 
  search criteria to do searches.

  Anyone who does a search needs to enter as few parameters as possible 
  when doing a search.   If you fill in every box when you do a search, 
  you very likely will get no results.   If you are looking for a surname, 
  say "Schmidt", and enter something like "sch" in the surname search box, 
  then you will get way too many returns to deal with.    If you instead 
  enter more letters, say "schm", "schmi", or "schmid", you will get 
  progressively fewer returns on your search.   The trick to doing any 
  search is to understand that the name may be spelled in the actual 
  records, or by the person doing the extraction, in a much different way 
  than you think it should be spelled.   The above searches will not yield 
  a completely different version of Schmidt- something like "Szmidt", so 
  you will have to enter in different spellings to get other results.    
  Perhaps a search for "midt" or "mit" will find your data if Schmidt is 
  the name you seek.

  Sometimes the search criteria you enter will not find the record you 
  seek because you cannot guess the spelling that is in the database.   In 
  that case, you  may need to drop the surname entirely and search for 
  something like all children of any surname born to parents with the 
  given names you know to be the parents.   Note also that the search 
  criteria for births and deaths is currently under revision, and we hope 
  to have in a few days the ability to search for the mother's maiden name.

  Remember the advice that less search criteria means more search results.

  Gary Warner
  SGGEE Databases Manager

  On 7/3/2010 6:46 AM, marlo wrote:
  > I have been reading about the St Pete records and not being able to 
  > access them as we used to or at least that is what I take from the 
  > messages.  The new way to
  > go thro them is not to my liking and I have always advocated that 
  > change is not
  > always good.
  > The address for the original St Pete records that we used to browse 
  > thro is:
  > www.odessa3.org/collections/stpete/volhynia/ 
  > <http://www.odessa3.org/collections/stpete/volhynia/>.
  > It still works for me and that is how I was able to find my husbands 
  > maternal
  > family members who were born in Volhynia.  It only goes to 1885 but 
  > that is
  > much better than nothing.
  > Hope this is what some of you wanted.  If not, I erred.
  > Margaret
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