The names listed in the index are taken from "Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY 1844-1860 Baptisms," compiled by F. Richard Barr in TreeTalks (December 2006). Mr. Barr transcribed records owned by the Franciscan Friars, and compiled them into the journal issue, which is copyrighted by both him and the Central New York Genealogical Society. The database searches by soundex, metaphone, german soundex and experimental values, and names and information are in the process of being added to the database.
When the priests recorded the baptisms, they followed the same format for each entry: Child name, son / daughter of father and mother[, his wife (optional)] [, of location (optional)], born date; baptized date. Rev. name officiated. Sponsors: first and second. By hooking into a database, for example, instead of having to request through e-mail that I type out Josť, Francis from page 048, you can automatically get something like the following:
|Original page & year:  1855||Journal page: 048|
|Officiated by: Rev. Frederick Müller|
|b. 18 May 1855||Catharine|
|bp. 27 May 1855|
|Sponsors: Jonuah Francois and Francis Jose|
|Barr, F. Richard, transcriber. "Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY, 1844-1860 Baptisms." TreeTalks, December 2006.|
where "Entry" is the entry number as assigned by the pastor who wrote recorded the information, and the original page and year is as noted by Mr. Barr.
The database searches by soundex, metaphone, german soundex and experimental values. in addition to a regular LIKE surname query. (If your ancestor is filed under "McGrath" and you search for "Grath", you will get results. Likewise, if your ancestor is stored as "Phettiplace" and you search for "Place", you will get results. However, it does not work in reverse: if "Grath" is in the index but not "McGrath", and you search for "McGrath", you will get no results.) Both the metaphone and soundex functions are included in the PHP programming language. I used the metaphone as included; however, I wrote my own soundex function, because the one included with php ignores the H and W rule1, 2 used extensively by genealogists and family historians. Many of the soundex descriptions I came across in my search for the rules also neglect this rule3:
If "H" or "W" separate two consonants that have the same soundex code, the consonant to the right of the vowel is not coded. Example: Ashcraft is coded A-261. It is not coded A-226.
So, if I were to query "Ashcraft" with the php included soundex function, I would get A226. If you were to run it with the query I wrote, you'd get A-261.
In May of 2009, I found a php function, written by Nicolas Zimmer <nicolas dot zimmer at einfachmarke.de>, for german soundex returns, which I added to the site.
I am still working on the script that will allow you to search, for example, for "Ioset" 4 and get "Jose" 5 in your search results. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, know that there's a good possibility that someone made a connection with those two names. I'm also working on how to get it to recognize "Graff" 6 as "Grath" 7, and other associated alternate spellings for other surnames.
The names listed herein are taken from "Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY 1844-1860 Baptisms," compiled by F. Richard Barr in TreeTalks (December 2006). Mr. Barr transcribed records owned by the Franciscan Friars, and compiled them into the journal issue, which is copyrighted by both him and the Central New York Genealogical Society. In his introduction, Mr. Barr describes idem sonans: "having the same sound":
Hence the idea for a database to search the index by sound, and then also display the entry information. I have written permission for the website and database from Mr. Barr. Anyone who has any concerns, please contact me at the e-mail address <obstinatesnooper at nnettsplace dot com> with a subject that contains some phrase similar to "Legal Concerns regarding Baptisms Database".
Journal issue: Barr, F. Richard. "Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY 1844-1860 Baptisms." TreeTalks, December 2006.
Website: Otis, Jeanette M. Sound-based Database Search Tool to "Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY 1844-1860 Baptisms," F. Richard Barr, transcriber. TreeTalks, December 2006. Updated 12 February 2012. Accessed: 21 May 2013. <http://www.nnettsplace.com/syracusebaptisms/>.