Please fix the wrong place names in the "Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates" record set!
So today I've been browsing through the searchable collection "Birth, Marriage & Death, Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885)" and I'm utterly appalled by the quality of the indexing there. The most egregious problems are with the place name indexing, which I'm assuming is a combination of a) system coding only allowing for standardized place names, and b) the "Help fix place names" volunteer task and people who know nothing about given locales being able to do this and thus making horrible mistakes.
The birthplaces in most of these records will be small hamlets or even individual farmsteads that do not appear on any sort of modern map, yet they get mapped to "standardized" locations all over the world - such as in Haiti, Malawi, Belize, Suriname, etc., all unlikely places for a 19th century Russian Empire peasant to be born, especially if the record was still being created in the Russian Empire.
Even in records for Saint Petersburg, if the birth place is just listed as "Petersburg" it gets mapped to "Petersburg, Friesland, Netherlands" rather than the more logical answer of where the record was created.
On a similar note, "St P-Burg" - a clear abbreviation for "Saint Petersburg" is instead being transcribed as "Suriname".
"Reval" (the old name for Tallinn, Estonia) gets mapped to "Reval, Nord-Ouest, Haiti" when Tallinn is the far more logical answer here. And for some reason Riga, Latvia, is instead mapped to "Riga, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia". And Libau (old name for Liepaja, Latvia) maps to "Libau, St. Clements, Manitoba, Canada" instead of the more logical nearby answer.
"Gnadenthel", a Bessarabian German village, instead maps to "Gnadenthal, Orange Walk, Belize". Other German-named villages or German cities are mapped to namesakes in Canada or the United States instead of their proper German or Russian Empire locales (Leipzig, as one example).
These are just a few examples.
And there are still others with places that don't even appear anywhere in the record, old names or no! I have no idea who has been indexing these records, but please stop. As a professional, I know that these are obvious mistakes, but there will be plenty of amateurs going in there and going "oh cool!" and just taking these horrendous transcriptions as facts.