Working with the database
The prosopography of dissent was one of the main targets of the DaT18 project. In order to render relevant the fragmentary evidence in archival and published sources with regard to the biographies of the Orthodox opponents of church union in the 1740s–1760s, the dispersed details had to be put together in a relational database, an intricate approach that meant data identification, entering, uniformization and normalization. In this early stage I have favoured the information that touched upon the priests of the Transylvanian Orthodox diocese, with estimates of around 1,500 people, in an attempt to explain the birth of this social group and its possible roots in the earlier times of religious confrontation. Recovering clerical careers has been made possible by the preservation of significant serial data, for they have been the object of three successive statistical endeavours during the bishopric of Dionisije Novaković (1762–1767). This information will be gradually complemented with the evidence from the fiscal censuses, as well as that arising from the inquiries which targeted the laymen who headed the opposition movement. A wider examination into the typology of the sources and the specific difficulties they raise to the historian, alongside the technical solutions in designing and developing the database is forthcoming and will be made available shortly on the website. The results can be accessed through the interface available on this webpage, which allows searching the database according to a keyword or by exploring all the tables that compose the database.
The current version, which gathers information from two of the three staff registers of the diocese in the 1760s, is meant for testing in real-life scenarios the various functionalities of the database. The records in the third register will be uploaded by the end of the project, scheduled for April 2020. Please do not hesitate to notify me of any errors or send your suggestions using the means described in the Contact page.
The quick search is as simple as introducing a keyword in the search box and clicking the search button that best describes your search term. This can be either the unique identification number of every individual in the database (DaT18ID), the uniform given name and surname of individuals (First Name; Last Name) or their name as registered in the documents (Recorded Name), the category and date of an event that a certain individual was involved in (Event Type; Event Date), as well as the associated place name in any of its modern official versions in Romanian, Hungarian and German (Location RO; Location HU; Location DE). Make sure your browser allows incoming requests from this website to open pop-up windows and redirect to a new page.
Scrolling through the database opens new and more elaborate query possibilities. Each of the six available tables (Person Details; Personification; Event Details; Master Event; Source Details; Location Details) allows you to do an advanced search of their data, including the use of Boolean operators to narrow the range of results. To take advantage of this tool, suffice it to click on the search icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and then select where to input the search term and define all required conditions. You will be presented with a table view of the results, from where you can open a detailed view for each single entry by double-clicking on it. Here you will find a full description and all related instances, either on the same page or as highlighted links that you need to click to access them.
The search results can be quoted by using the short name of the project (DaT18), followed by the ID number of the individuals and/or events registered in the database. All records relating to an individual are held together by a unique identification number, DaT18ID. Use this call number to reference a person in the database (e.g. DaT18, DaT18ID 768). In similar fashion, all singular events in which one or more persons took part have received their own identification number, EventID. This may be used to quote the details of a certain event (e.g. DaT18, EventID 768). Likewise, each distinct mentioning in the sources of the same individual, together with the corresponding details, has made for a separate entry with its own identification number, PersonID. The latter may be quoted when you want to reference some particular details in the life of one individual and not his entire activity (e.g. DaT18, PersonID 768).