GRanDMA OnLine 7


    Prussian/Russian Mennonite Genealogy    

GRanDMA Data-Submission Guidelines

Users are invited to contribute to the growth of the GRanDMA database, adding new individuals or new data concerning individuals already entered. These are some guidlines.
  • Who to Add. Include individuals whose lineage includes Russian/Prussian and Hutterite Mennonites. (Follow that link if you are not certain.)
            Include spouses of those individuals; they will also be assigned GRanDMA numbers. If the names of the parents of those spouses are included, their names will be in the notes.

  • Preferred data. For each person in the database, we would like to have the following, if it applies:
    • Parents: either individuals already in the database, or new entries.
    • Name: Legal first name, middle name, and last name. If the person was or is commonly known by the middle name, put that in All Caps. If commonly known by a nickname, put that in quotes.
    • Baptism date and location. Include the church if it is not in the Source. If the person was baptized more than once, include it.
    • Death date and location.
    • Funeral or Memorial Service date and city. Where available, the name of the church is quite useful.
    • Burial. If the FindAGrave memorial number is available, include that. Besides being a source of information, the link to FAG is used to draw maps of that location.
              If the FindAGrave.com memorial includes the coordinates of the actual gravesite, GMOL will map it to that point.
    • Migration date with arrival location and date. If by ship, include the ship name. Only movements between countries are to be included as migrations. For a given migration, Emigration records can be included if the Immigration record is unavailable.
    • Census and Residence entries. Date and location. These can establish important locations when nothing else does.
    • Divorce, adoption, naturalization, with date as available.

  • Locations
    • If possible, names of locations for new data should match existing locations. You can check yourself if a location is already in the GRanDMA database with the Place Search tool.
    • For most locations, the name of the country at the time of the event is preferred. Exceptions include: "South Russia", "Asiatic Russia", "Crimea", "Volhynia", and "Galicia" which were regions, not countries.

  • Sources. All data should have a source. These sources are very important but can be highly varied. Here are some examples:
    • A publication. Include date, and page number. This includes obituaries.
    • A web publication. Websites are subject to change and updating, so if the data are found on the web, include both the URL and the date that this URL was consulted. GAMEO is a superb example and suggests formats.
    • Government Records: birth certificate, census, marriage records, land records, naturalization records, war registration,etc. As possible include the information necessary for another to look it up (e.g., location).
    • Church records. Include the repository (where they can be viewed).
    • Family members: verbal with name and date; announcements, etc.
    • If no other information is submitted, the source for the datum will be the name of the person submitting the data, with date.

  • Data Files. If your data are found in a file, for example, an Excel file for a family, that file may be attached. GeDCom files may be attached as well.

  • What not to send.
    • Please do not send photos of any type (tif, jpg, png, gif). However, you may share your photos with the photo-submission pages of GMOL.
    • Avoid sending prose like full obituaries. Preferably, extract the genealogical information (listed above) together with a reference to where it was published.

Prepared for , 8/9/2022 6:49:58 AM


Data: GRanDMA GM22-06 June 2022,

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