Frequently asked questions
|How do I find my way around here?|
|Should I register?|
|What do I have to consider if I want to register?|
|How may I use the sources?|
|Why do you not show original sources?|
It is always a good idea to make a selection in the Lists menu. This has the advantage that we get a result in any case. The results pages are then the starting point for further action. The tentative entry of any name or term may, of course, result in nothing being found. In the right column of the home page, we find the list with the 15 most common names. The result list can be long, but at least we have influence on the sorting according to different criteria.
The contents of this website are freely accessible, as long as there are no restrictions and property rights for living persons. That is, everything what can be seen freely in state or church archives, can also be seen here. If that's enough for you, we do not recommend a registration.
To register, please use the "Apply for user ID" button. An automatic registration
does not happen and is always a case by case decision. Please note the following points before registering.
- You should be prepared to answer queries about your registration request.
- You should present us with reasonable sources of evidence of your family affiliation.
- It is usually irrelevant how extensive the relationship is.
- You should be ready to enter yourself as a person, including the path to the uniquely identified
common ancestor. Of course, all restrictions on living persons apply to you as well.
- You should have the willingness to improve and expand this website.
The most important point in the list is the second one. If you are not ready to present the evidence, you can't become a member. Of course, it is evident to us that the cooperation requires some knowledge in the operation of this web application. Support is available from the administration and experienced members.
In most cases, illustrations of original sources are subject to approval by the relevant archive. This approval is usually not available to us and therefore we use our own transcriptions to represent the sources. This is how we created our own works, for which we claim intelectual property. Use of the transcriptions for private archiving is allowed. Any publication requires our written permission.