[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Kolo births etc.
DLPratt123 at aol.com
DLPratt123 at aol.com
Sun Oct 8 11:37:14 PDT 2017
Kolo births for the years 1865 to 1877 have been extracted and are
available at geneteka.genealodzy.pl, courtesy of the Polish Genealogical Society
(PTG). (I sent these extractions to SGGEE about a year ago in the same format
as previously accepted extracts, but they were not accepted. One person
suggested I use a program like Legacy to retype them into a gedcom!)
The Polish website is partly available in English and very easy to use.
Just search on a surname and you get the available extracts. Births,
marriages, and deaths appear in separate lists. The variety of variant spellings is
surprisingly helpful. Often there are hyperlinks to a scan of the original
There are many millions of records available. Although the majority are
from Catholic parishes, a search on any German surname of interest to me
yields hits from a number of Evangelical parishes. This website found several
relevant records for me. One was the death of an ancestor in the same month
and parish as her young granddaughter; the latter record was already in our
MPD, and ordinarily I would conclude that the MPD would already have all
records from that time and place.
In particular, the file "Job Central Part B" must be used with caution, as
data sets which are claimed to have been fully extracted sometimes have not
been. Please note that there is no record that the person listed as having
fully extracted the data is in any way responsible for this file's claim
to that effect. So far I have about half a dozen records relevant to direct
ancestors from times and places that might reasonably be expected to appear
in the MPD, based on this file and other considerations.
In hopes of explaining this situation to the hard-working Research and
Databases Committees, I focused on a parish and year with only eight marriages.
Three were already in MPD, with no other explanation for their presence,
such as the individuals' being the ancestors of an SGGEE member. It turned
out that one marriage was completely missed by the MPD, but for the other
four grooms (and probably brides), the "hidden" MPD already contains a
reference to the marriage record, without naming the spouse! The Committees'
solution, so far, has been to incorporate the missing five marriages into the
MPD; this does nothing for missing marriages from surrounding years with
more than eight marriages, of course. (One person suggested that I extract
only those events not already in the MPD! Of course, even if I performed this
onerous feat, the data would be submitted in a spreadsheet, like the
rejected Kolo births.)
To possibly locate such marriages in the "hidden" MPD, and who knows what
other useful information, you can request a Family Group Sheet from the
Research Committee. Obviously, if all 700 of us did so for ten relevant
families apiece, it would create a problem, but such requests have been infrequent
I might add that some researchers have ignored death records of children.
While it's true they have no descendants, the information can be
surprisingly useful, as I will illustrate in a forthcoming post.
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