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Tips for research: catalogues and databases
The catalogues available on the internet help to sort the data systematically and thematically. They help to make very much information accessible quickly.
Following you will find information on what to consider when using such genealogical databases. Search field for family tree

Basics of database research

Apart from what information you are looking for, you should know where you might find it theoretically. That does not only cut the amount of work but also the error rate as well as the disappointment of not having found the desired information. 
Find out in advance what the focus of the database or catalogue you want to search is so that you do not search in any wrong source. This information is usually published on the data base’s home page.
Don’t refrain from trying other search options if you can’t find what you’re looking for. For example, the spelling of a name can vary although there is a kinsmanlike connection.
The ancient writers (if municipal or churchly) took down names just the way he heard and understood it, even in more recent times as well, during the great migrations in the 19th century or during the flood of refugees after WW II.
Special data bases
The largest genealogical data base in the world is operated by the Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City (Utah/ USA). Therein, you will find information on names, origins and biographical data of all kinds of persons. With the origin, which has detailed records, you can try to find a connection to one’s own family. family search optionOn, too, you can search for relatives and ancestors within the database. Up to now, it consists of more than 40 million profiles. Furthermore, you can establish connections to other creators of family trees and to get more information on possible relatives.
Apart from the large data bases, there are a lot of private data bases, uploaded to the internet by private family researchers who want to publish their findings to find more relatives and ancestors.
If you already know the geographical distribution of your surname because of your research in archives or in maps of surname distributions, you can search purposefully in private databases if there are any relationships.


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