Further Additions to the Databases of Eastern and Caucasian Estonians

January 3, 2013

The web site http://aule.ee/ida (started in January 2012) has been growing. The site attempts to collect and digitise historical sources and materials concerning expatriate Estonians who lived in the territory of the former Russian Empire and in Turkey.

This includes materials such as books, articles, newspaper items (the earliest of which date back to the 1860s), memoirs, documents, maps, schemes, etc. At present the web site contains approximately 1.5−2 million words of textual information, the larger part of it being about Estonians who lived in the Caucasus region.

The web site also features an online database of Estonians buried in the Caucasus area (http://aule.ee/ida/hauad/). In December 2012 the database was updated with new materials gathered in summer 2012 with support from the Compatriots Programme from, inter alia, the Estonian cemeteries of Estonia and Ülem-Linda villages in Abkhazia and from the cemeteries in the little-known former Estonian villages of Burnyi and Perevalka in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

Databases are in Estonian.