Latvia SIG #Latvia New database title #latvia


Arlene Beare
 

I received a really appreciative and constructive email >from a member of the
newsgroup living in California. He pointed out that although I had explained
how the database was constructed on the newsgroup it was not clear on the
Jewishgen Latvia Database site. Many researchers are not members of the
newsgroup so I have decided to make the following change to the information
as it appears on the JewishGen Latvia Database front page. As Rita pointed
out in her email the information is clearly stated if you click on the name
of the database and read the Introduction to the 1897 database written by
Constance Whippman .

Almost half way down the page there is a large heading
"What is in the Database and What is Not".

Most researchers do not read the details of how each database on Jewishgen
is constructed and would be well advised to do so.

What will now appear on the front page for the 1897 database with Jewishgen
webmasters help is-

Surname Index for 25,000 individuals living in Riga,Rezekne,Krustpils and
Daugavpils and five towns in Courland as recorded in the All Russian Census
of 1897.

The Index concentrates on the head of the family, his spouse and adult
children. It does not include the full details of every family unit.
Occasionally there is a record of younger children but not all siblings are
consistently extracted.

All names are linked to the Archive database(Raduraksti) where the original
documents can be read.

If you are researching and your family name is missing then probably it is
not in the Census. I cannot guarantee that mistakes are never made but if
they do occur they are few. Please do not immediately lay the blame on the
person extracting the data. My grandfather is missing >from the USA census of
1930 but was in the 1920 census. He died in 1935 so he should be there but
he is not. The same goes for my grandparents missing >from the 1901 UK census
when I know they were here. There are many reasons such as they could have
been out of the Country, they did not want to be listed and made themselves
scarce at the time, the census taker omitted their names or they were left
out when it was transcribed. There are so many pitfalls when pursuing
these ancestors and genealogists know this. My grandfather Benjamin appears
as Banjamin in the 1920 census.

The Paris Conference starts Sunday so the changes may take a while as the
Webmasters will away at the Conference.

I hope this will finally clarify matters and we can cease to have complaints
when all we are trying to do is help one another.

I would like to thank all those who have written such supportive emails to
me. I have really appreciated it.

Arlene Beare UK

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