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Our Family Genealogy Pages




Frequently Asked Questions

What information is needed?
Is there a naming convention/standard?
Why date of birth is asked for and how is this information handled?
Why is it important to cross-reference individual's ID, if already in the database?
What is the format for data collection and transmission?
How should the information be sent and to what address?

Q. What information is needed?

A. The individual information required are many and are summarized below:

- full name (including initials and surname, nick name).
- date/place of birth (documentary evidence highly appreciated).
- date/place of marriage (marriage certificate if possible).
- if deceased, date/place (death certificate if possible).
- individual/group photographs (particularly old/rare. Include the smudged/damaged as well!!)
- photographs of important documents that shed light on the family, or the community as a whole.
- anecdotes that tell a story or make us laugh.
- historical notes of importance relevant to the individual.
- notes that tell the individual's story – a thumb-nail sketch if you will, that will talk about individual's education, profession, achievements. and contribution to the society.

Q. Is there a naming convention/standard?

A. Our naming convention defies logic, and adherence to any single standard is non existent. Most don't carry last names. Children do not necessarily carry father's last name. Our “initials” (are they middle initials or first names?) are not consistent. Daughters, after marriage, no longer automatically use husbands' last names. Recording and searching names, as many of you would have found out, is therefore a nightmare. To ease the pain, please use the exact name correctly spelled, including “initials” and last name, nick-name etc. This issue cannot be over emphasized. In the database initials are included as part of first name.

Q. Why date of birth is asked for and how is this information handled?

A. The genealogy website is designed with a long term use and research value in mind. Individual's birth/death and other events become meaningful if recorded in the context of events in others' lives or other historical events. Without pegging down individual's life span in time and history, much of the research value that it would otherwise bring to the table would be lost. Besides, reports of various kind, community profiles and other useful statistical information can be gleaned only if we have the basic data including the date and place of occurrence of every event accurately recorded.

To be sure individual's privacy should be respected and guarded at all times. It is for this reason that the personal data like date of birth etc of the living persons are not viewable by general public, although these are recorded in the database. Personal data of the deceased only are viewable. Having said all these, submission of any of the data requested is, however, entirely voluntary.

When exact dates of events are not available, please provide the month and the year, or at least the Year of occurrence.

Q. Why is it important to cross-reference individual's ID, if already in the database?

A. If the information you are providing includes individuals already in the database, please record/cross-reference their IDs (from the “Individual/Personal Information” page). This is very important in order to avoid the possibility of duplicate entries and making the family tree a mess.

Q. What is the format for data collection and transmission?

A. Family data in an hierarchical form is ideal for data collection/submission. This is the same format that you see, if from an individual's page you traverse down “Descendants->Text” option. Here is an example. For illustration purpose I am using my own family data. Date of birth etc for "living" persons are not displayed. However you are encouraged to send these so that the database is complete.

Please clearly mark the individuals who are deceased. By default “living” flag is set for all, thereby preventing display of private information like date of birth.

1. B.K.Manjunathayya, b 16 Aug 1897/unknown, m. unknown/unknown, d. 23 Sep 1967/Mangalore
m. B.Deviamma, b. 30 Dec 1907/unknown, m. unknown/unknown, d. May 1988/Mangalore
        a. B.K.Shama Rao, b 23 Jan 1926/Kasaragod, m. Apr 1958/Udupi, d. Aug 1997/Mangalore
        m. Sahana Rao, b. unknown/unknown, m. Apr 1958/Udupi, d. 5 Feb 1959/Udupi
              aa. B.K.Sudhir, b ..., m. ...
              m. Tanuja b. ...m. ...
                    i. B.K.Vrishab, b. ...
       m. Pushpa Rao, b. ...
              ab. B.K.Shobitha, b. ..., m. ...
              m. Sunil, b ...
                    i. B.K.Niharika, b. ...
                    ii. B.K.Nakul, b. ...
              ac. B.K.Sanjay, b. .., m. ...
              m. Beena, b....
                    i. B.K.Prarthana, b. ...
              ad. Saritha, b. ..., m. ...
              m. Udhay Shankar, b. ...
                    i. Apurva, b. ...
                    ii. Anirudh, b. ...
        b. B.K.Mohan Rao, b. ..., m. ....
        m. Kasturi Rao, b. 8 Dec 1944, m. 18 May 1964/Bekal, d. 2 Dec 1996/New Delhi.
              ba. Sandeep Bekal, b. ..., m. ...
              m. Mangala, b. ...
                    i. Milan Bekal, b. ....
                    ii. Sonali Bekal, b. ...
              bb. Rahul Bekal, b. ..., m. ...
              m. Reena, b. ....
                    i. Dhruv Bekal, b. ...
        c. B.K.Ramesh Rao, b. ..., m. ...
        m Nirupama Rao, b. ...,
              ca. Nina K.Bekal, b. ..., m. ...
              m. Dr.T.Prashanth Kumar, b. ...
                    i. Arpan Kumar, b. ...
                    ii. Aashiq Kumar, b. ...

Note:

1.You can send details of a single family at high level, or multiple families, generations deep (the example shows data four generations deep).
2. m = married, b = birth, d = death

If the above form is still inconvenient, please send in simple narrative form - person A married B, had X children whose names are.. etc.

Q. How should the information be sent and to what address?

A. There are several ways information can be sent. Use any of the following.

- almost every page on the website has a “Suggest” tab. Use this feature. It is very easy.
- use the “Contact Us” menu option.
- send email to webmaster@rkgenealogy.com.

All photographs/documents can be digitized and emailed to webmaster@rkgenealogy.com. or to my personal email address.