The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe

fnw07Take some of the most experienced and well know authors and editors on family history matters, have them each provide a professional guidance and tips on tracing European ancestry, add to this a collection of online and print resources, contact information for more than 100 archives and libraries, historical events, maps and timelines, and the result is one of the best handbooks available today. The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe is filled with what you need to successfully navigate your European research.

Through fourteen chapters, Europe is broken down by country and region, covering 35 countries in all. This guide breaks down and organize your approach to researching your European ancestors. The knowledgeable contributors to this book left nothing out. Leland had this to say about all the great extras found in these pages:

“The use of the word “tips” is found extensively throughout the book. Don’t let the small word give you the idea that these are small sources of information. They typically are not. I was amazed at how extensive and useful most of these tips turned out to be. Excellent maps, as well as timelines for each region are included. The Resources sections of most chapters includes Organizations and Archives, Books, Periodicals and Websites. These are pretty extensive and include a lot of excellent information.”

Following is a non-exhaustive table of contents for the book, along with the name of the contributing editor for each portion:

Introduction – by Lisa A. Alzo
A Guide to European Research – with 11 Tips
Step 1: Exhaust US Sources First
Step 2: Get the Immigrant’s Name Right
Step 3: Learn Naming Practices
Step 4: Brush Up on History
Step 5: Study Geography
Step 6: Bypass Foreign-Language Barriers
Step 7: Find Online Records
Step 8: Use FHL Microfilm
Step 9: Write to Archives
Step 10: Hire a Pro to Get What You Can’t
Step 11: Take a Research Trip Abroad

Ireland – by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Regional History – with 7 Tips
Step 1: Learn a Wee Bit of History
Step 2: Know What You’re Up Against
Step 3: Understand Ireland’s Geographic Divisions
Step 4: Pinpoint the Place
Step 5: Search for Descendants
Step 6: Get Your Hands on Records
Step 7: Resources

England and Wales – by David A. Fryxell and Lise Hull
Locating Places
Birth, Marriage and Death
Church Records
Wills and Probate
Military Records

Emigration to America
Naming Conventions
Parishes and Counties
Resources in Wales
England Resources
Wales Resources

Scotland – by Nancy Hendrickson and James M. Beidler
Regional Guide
In the Rough
Migration Patterns
Research Tee Off
People’s Choice
Alternative Access
Scots-Irish Origins
Scotland Resources

Scandinavia – by Diana Crisman Smith
Search at Home First
Understand Those Pesky Patronymics
Utilize Geographic and Language Aids
Recognize that Parish Records are Key
Parish Records
Always Work in Families
Scandinavian Censuses
Scandinavia Resources
Sweden Resources
Denmark Resources
Finland Resources
Norway Resources

France – by Nancy Hendrickson and Maureen A. Taylor
Regional Guide
Brush Up on Background
Take Care of Translations
Find the Place of Birth
Seek Microfilmed Records
Huguenot History
Open it Up to Other Records
French Naming Practices
France Resources

The Benelux Region – by Rhonda R. McClure and Sunny Jane Morton
The Netherlands
Lay of the Land
Tides of History
Cultural Waters
Immigrant Waves
Stream of Vital Stats
Flood of Records
Beyond the Data Deluge
Belgium & Resources
Luxembourg & Resources
The Netherlands Resources

Germanic Region – by James M. Beidler
Moving from Micro to Macro
Reviewing the Records
Surveying the States
Surmounting Language Barriers
German Outside Germany
Germany/Swiss/Austria Resources

Poland – by Cecile Wendt Jensen with Sunny Jane Morton
Regional Guide
Pieces of Palonia
Determining Your Destination
Polish Places
Homing in on Homeland Records
Poland Resources

Eastern Europe – by Lisa A. Alzo and James M. Beidler
Covering the following countries:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Carpathian Rus
Czech Republic

Czech Republic and Slovakia
Tracing Immigrants
Researching Names and Places
Finding and Using Records
Getting Started
Seeking Sources
Using Church Records
Tapping Government Records
Getting Started
Finding and Using Records
Romania and Bulgaria
Romanian Research Tips
Bulgarian Research Tips
Eastern Europe Resources
Bulgaria Resources
Croatia Resources
Czech Republic & Slovakia Resources
Hungary Resources
Romania Resources

Russia and the Baltic Region – by Lisa A. Alzo
Getting Started
Understanding Names
Studying Geography and History
Surveying Records
Researching Russian Immigrants
Accessing Archives
Learning the Language
Getting Started
Understanding Ukrainian Immigration
Finding Your Ancestral Village
Overcoming Language Barriers
Using Genealogical Records

The Baltic Region
Regional Resources
Getting Started
Understanding Baltic History
Learning Immigration Patterns
Studying Names
Grasping Geography
Finding Foreign Records
Tapping Online Resources

Regional Resources
Belarus Resources
Estonia Resources
Latvia Resources
Lithuania Resources
Moldova Resources
Russia Resources
Ukraine Resources

Italy – by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Regional Guide
Step 1: Comuni Italiani
Step 2: Social Histories
Step 3: Italian Newspapers
Step 4: Order Sons of Italy in America
Step 5: Naming Traditions
Step 6: Translation Tools
Step 7: Research Guides
Step 8: Italian Genealogical Group
Step 9: POINT
Step 10: Mangia Mangia!
Four Steps to Finding Italian Ancestors
Italy Resources

Greece – by Thomas MacEntee
Regional Guide
History in the Making
It’s All Greek
Greek Census
For the Record
Surname Clues
Going Greek
Greek Resources

Spain and Portugal – by Sunny Jane Morton
Regional Guide
Step 1: Using US Records
Step 2: Translation Tools
Step 3: Geography and Governmental Archives
Step 4: Major Record Sets
What’s in a Nombre?
Spain Resources
Basque Resources
Portugal Resources

Your European Jewish Ancestors – by Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Learn Your History
Follow the Group
Break Down Language Barriers
Trace the Names
Review Available Records
Research in Repositories
Surname Suffixes
Go Genetic
Records at a Glance
Jewish Resources

Appendix A: Online Translators

Appendix B: Passenger Arrival Records – by Lisa Alzo
Step 1: Search at Home
Step 2: Examine US Records
Step 3: Locate Passenger Lists

Appendix C:’s Immigration Collection – by David A Fryxell
Setting Sail
Anchoring Your Searches
Refining Your Search

Appendix D: Genealogy Glossary: Dutch, French, German, Spanish


The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe, Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe is available from Family Roots Publishing.

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