Introduction to the Bessarabia SIG website - Understanding projects and collections #bessarabia


Ariel Parkansky
 

Hi everybody,

As I stated on the introduction, there are three main types of contents:
* collections of documents and datasets
* projects
* articles

Understanding what an article is seems very straightforward but when we come
to collections and projects the limits can become a bit fuzzy.

I don't think to be wrong if I state that all genealogists look for ancestors
"nominative" information (documents, data, photos...). That's what a collection of
documents or datasets is made of.

A collection is a known set of documents or datasets. It can be available on
JewishGen, on the Internet, on microfilms or in paper archives anywhere. A
collection can exist even if there's no current or past project relating to it.

As in a real library, there's not a unique way to define the contents of a
collection, it can be very large (the whole archive) or very small (a single
book). That's why a collection can have subcollections.

For instance, the full birth vital records for Bessarabia that are on the
Kishinev Archives. That's a big collection and it's not available online.

You could have a sub-collection of that one microfilmed by the FHL that you
could check online if you have the right access but still are original documents.

Finally, you can have a part of those documents in a sub-collection for Izmail
and the year 1883 translated to English, indexed and searchable in the
JewishGen Romania and Moldova database.

A project, on the other side, is the work that the Bessarabia SIG does and it's
usually related to collections.. If we work on a translation project, the source
will be one or several collections and the outcome would also be one or
several dataset collections.

If our project is photographing cemetery tombstones, the outcome will be a
collection of photographs.

When you look into a collection details, you will see where it is, which places
are related to it, its years and availability. You will also see if it has
sub-collections or belongs to a bigger collection, and if there's a project
related to it.

When you look into a project details, you can see its description, geographic
area, status, coordinator and the related collections.

You can navigate through the links >from collections to projects and vice-versa.

You can find projects and collections by looking into a specific town page or
through the following search engines:
* Projects : under the section Research/Bessarabia SIG project at
https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/RES_ProjectList.asp?kl=N&tl=N
* Collections : under the section Research/Known documents and datasets
at https://www.jewishgen.org/bessarabia/RES_CollectionList.asp

Both search engines have a "question mark icon" that open a help on how to
use them.

For some topics you have also dedicated list pages directly on the left menu
(i.e. Cemeteries, Yizkor Books...)

Ariel Parkansky

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