Your passport to European research! Chart your research course to find your European ancestors with the beginner-friendly, 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.
From Ireland to Italy, Portugal to Poland, Germany to Greece, and everywhere in between, explore your ancestors' European homelands through more than 200 gorgeous reproductions of 18th-century maps, 19th-century and early 20th-century maps. These full-color period maps--covering the peak years of European immigration to America--will help you understand changing boundaries in ancestral countries, and inform your search for genealogical records.
Say "ciao" to your Italian ancestors! This in-depth guide will walk you through the exciting journey of researching your Italian famiglia both here and in Italy. Inside, you'll find tips for every phase of Italian genealogy research, from identifying your immigrant ancestor and pinpointing his hometown to uncovering records of him in Italian archives. In this book, you'll find: Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy ; Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records ; Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography, and names ; Helpful Italian genealogical word lists ; Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives. Whether your ancestors hail from the island of Sicily or the hills of Piedmont, The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track your family in Italy.
Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting, and challenging, journey of finding your Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots. You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family's town of origin, locate key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region's complicated history. The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists, and sample record request letters to aid your research.
Trace your Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish ancestors. This convenient guide will help you discover your Northern European family history while optimizing your research time. Highlights include: strategies for identifying immigrant Scandinavian ancestors, plus how to trace them back to Europe from North America; methods for locating Swedish genealogy records, Norwegian genealogy records, or Danish genealogy records within your family's town of origin; fetailed guides to finding and decoding common Scandinavian records, including: church records, civil registration records, census returns, property deeds, military records, and many more; quick guides to Scandinavian history, geography, and language; historical timelines, sample records, and resource lists that will bring your family history to life.
This handbook for Polish American genealogy, first published in 1993, receives a much-needed update. Unchanged content includes narratives on civil and church records from the U.S. and Poland, lineage societies, geographical divisions, ethnic groups, and naming traditions. A glossary of Polish, Latin, and German terms in vital records and a Polish letter-writing guide will help researchers overcome the language barrier, while maps help to make sense of changing boundaries. New content includes an updated bibliography and a survey of online resources. Greater effort could have been made to integrate updates throughout the text. A new chapter mentions, for instance, that international reply coupons, suggested earlier in the text, have been discontinued. Still, this remains a solid, reasonably priced resource for Polish American genealogists and is recommended for circulating genealogy collections. (Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.)