Quick Tips for Searching the Database


You may enter (sur)names in this field, upper and lower case letters being searched alike. Please note that search terms are always automatically truncated on the right-hand side. Typing for instance Schwarz therefore also matches persons called Schwarzer, Schwarzenberg etc..

Please note also that the system supports variant spellings, searches being automatically extended to name variants, pseudonyms, artists’ names etc.. As a result, the hits include persons with lemmata different from the original search term.


The search term „Sealsfield“ results in 2 hits

  • Postl, Karl (Ps. C. Sidons, Charles Sealsfield) : OEBL
  • Sealsfield, Charles : ADB/NDB


  • Typing „Segvic“: will also find „Šegvić“
  • Typing „Schöller“: will also find „Schoeller“
  • Typing „Haßler“: will find „Haßler“ and „Hassler“


Please proceed as in the field „Name“. Please remember however that in addition it is prerequisite to enter a search term in the field „Name“. Otherwise the search will fail, the system providing you only with an error note.

Please note that for searching persons who lived in former times it may be advisable to enter the search term only in the field „Name“ (i.e. name), as surnames and forenames cannot be clearly differentiated. The same applies to members of the nobility (such as dukes, kings and emperors).


You may enter in German any type of profession (as free text) in this field; it will be treated as a portion of the word with automatical left- and right-hand truncation.

Please note that the types of profession have not yet been standardized. So the search result may not be exhaustive, as different terms may define the same class of professions. A later version of the database will include a standardized classification of the professions as well as a list of authorized search terms which may then be selected to specify the search.

Born / Deceased

You may search in these fields either by the precise Years of Birth or Death (preset) or extend the search by circumscribing the years with the German terms „before)" / „around" / „after". Days and months however cannot be searched.

The term „around" applies to different ranges of years depending on the period selected. For certain defined periods, the range of years covered by the search amounts to the following:

  • Until 500 A.D.: +/- 10 years
  • 501 to 1500: +/- 5 years
  • 1501 to 1900: +/- 3 years
  • From 1901: +/- 1 years