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Family Tree Guidebook to Europe

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Quick Overview

Chart your research course to find your European ancestors with the how-to instruction in this book. This one-of-a-kind collection provides invaluable information about more than 35 countries in a single source. Each of the 14 chapters is devoted to a specific country or region of Europe and includes all the essential records and resources for filling in your family tree.


Inside you'll find:

  • Detailed chapters on each area of Europe
  • A compete overview of genealogy research strategies for each country/region
  • Timelines of social, political and military events that may have impacted ancestors’ lives
  • Detailed maps of each country/region
  • Detailed resources list that include contact information for organizations and archives, books and websites.

Countries covered include:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Carpathian Rus
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England and Wales
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Plus a chapter devoted to tracing European Jewish Ancestors

Here is a sneak preview of Tips you'll get from the Family Tree Guidebook to Europe:

  • The best place to begin researching an ancestor’s home village is at your own home. Talk to your relatives and ask them for copies of family documents such as birth certificates, passports, naturalization records, correspondence and other papers likely to contain clues to ancestral origins.
  • To know where to look for records, you’ll need to know how boundary changes might’ve affected your family’s town (wars and political moves may have changed its name or the country it was in) and have a working knowledge of historical and current geography.
  • Don’t expect key records to be written in English. The same applies to websites and correspondence. Therefore, you’ll want to learn some basic genealogical terms such as baptism, marriage and death; husband, wife, mother, father, occupations and so forth. The appendix of this book includes a chart with these common words in foreign languages.