Our team aimed to index individual parishes in as detailed a way as possible. This type of indexation is to allow access to information without having to reach for the originals, which due to their technical condition and uniqueness are not shared with a wide range. It also allows people who do not have the right skills to read and compare a lot of data in privacy, on a home computer, without traveling to individual archives, formalities and bureaucracy when scrolling through many books and yearbooks. Our data, in addition to the reference to the source, contain a complete set of recorded information: act number, date of preparation, date and time of the event, entity (children, young, parents, witnesses, applicants, godparents, assists, relatives, close relatives) names, age, place of origin (parish) and residence, occupation, function, circumstances and many other data, if provided and could be read. They allow almost unambiguously to identify people, almost in a nutshell reminiscent of a copy of the act.
In quick indexation from annual registers you can see a lot of errors of the writer. These records are not a primary record, but a secondary one, as is probably the entry itself, which was rewritten from a piece of paper or drafts. Especially if we have one, and it usually happens to be a duplicate of a book, not an original. Often, searching by annual registers can lead astray. Of the basic errors of the writer that are noticeable during the initial verification of the content with the annual register are:
- omitted, skipped numbering of the record
- name of the baptized completely changed
- frequent change the sex of the child (Kazimierz-Kazimiera, etc.)
- distorted, differently written in the index, differently in the wording of the same name, surname, inconsistent with the tradition appearing for years in previous and subsequent entries.
The record is created in a unified form and layout for individual types of birth books (baptisms), deaths, marriages (marriage banns). With detailed analysis and proper placement in history, place, on the basis of such data it is possible to tell someone who the teacher taught their ancestor whether he was able to sign and with whom the family was in close relations, where the ancestor shoed a horse that the priest would marry them, why they chose such a name for the child and many, many others.
Indexes of this type are also excellent source material for historians and regionalists. They allow us to trace the development of individual villages and towns, the livelihood of their inhabitants, and the evolution of habits. Careful statistical analysis of the result files allows to identify the impact of various historical events (epidemics, army marches, etc.) on the local population.
This type of indexing is tedious, but the end result is fantastic. Just look at the indexes that came out under the sign of JZI. In addition, we make all our work publicly available through our Geneo search engine. We work together, share information and relieve each other if necessary. We are having a great time. It is fantastic!
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