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The Match And Merge Database

** Note - Read below before you copy data from this database! **

The resulting mam-db (Match And Merge database) is 3 genealogical projects in progress, infused with the effort and support of several other local researchers.

The FIRST project involves the (photographic) capture of grave stones mostly from the Waterloo Co. area, but also includes surrounding areas, other provinces and states when needed. This started out as a collection of my immediate family, then moved through my ancestry and cousins, and then onto many of the Mennonite families, and now I often will just go in and systematically photograph every stone in a cemetery of interest. While I am at the cemetery, I routinely take a gate shot and GPS the location so that others can either find it easily or verify that this is the cemetery they are interested in. Then I process or place each stone one by one on another website called www.findagrave.com.

The SECOND project involved acquiring and correcting a very troubled database. This database was unique in that it had many of the German families of the Waterloo, Perth, Oxford, Wellington, and Huron Counties already entered, many that were not in anyone else's data. The main problem with this database was that it had been built without proper research. Children have been attached to wrong parents, spouses are married to wrong partners, and many birth/death dates have been guessed at without using the abbreviations "ABT" or "EST" preceeding the date so that someone is aware when viewing it. Corrected information is currently being gathered from the grave stones, birth records, marriage records, death records and submissions by many helpful persons who keep sending me information. I have been correcting entries in this database since Dec 2007, spending hours per day until my eyes are sore. I sometimes feel like there is no end in sight, every family I start to research appears to need corrections in one way or another. As time progresses, this database will become better and better.

The THIRD and last of these projects is where it all comes together. Through the Matching and Merging of the non-living individuals in the database to a web-link on findagrave containing a page with the person's grave stone picture. These being entries that have been created by myself or others.

Before you copy any of the information. Please be advised (warned) that errors can still be found in this database despite my daily and ongoing efforts to identify and eliminate them, look closely to see if I have added a source tag to verify the date being used. Source tags may be a birth/marriage/death record, or the census if I could not find anything else. Lacking a source, the information should be considered unverified. This does not mean that it is automatically incorrect, just that it hasn't been confirmed by a record of some type.

Admitting that this database is flawed is not meant to disparage it's creator, whose sincere efforts are appreciated nonetheless. It is important that you be alerted to the fact that not all of this information has been properly researched before it was made public. However, making it public does allow other researchers to see what needs correction and inform me. If you can help me identify a person who needs correction in this database, please inform me ASAP, so that I can correct it before others copy it. Use this as a starting point if you wish, then do your own research and find your own answers.

Thanks to all of you who send me corrections, and thanks to those who I send corrections to for applying them to their data promptly.
Special thanks to Marty and Karen for their continuous help.


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