Eastern Europe – Links

Eastern Europe – Links

General links for Eastern European genealogical and family history research

(see also Europe)

East Europe GenWeb, includes Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~easeurgw

East European Genealogical Society: http://www.eegsociety.org

Foundation for East European Family History Studies: http://feefhs.org

“10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research” by Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. (.pdf): http://www.lisaalzo.com/articles/2014/AlzoL_SCGS_2014_EEJumpstart_Updated.pdf

Eastern European Archival Database, also map links. Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus.Miriam Weiner, Roots to Roots Foundation: http://www.rtrfoundation.org/index.shtml

GenTeam, genealogical indexes and databases covering the present Austria along with neighbouring lands. Over 11,076,029 entries. Free; registration required: http://www.genteam.at

“Best Online Resources For East European Genealogy” by Lisa Alzo, Archives.com: http://www.archives.com/experts/alzo-lisa/eastern-european-genealogy-resources.html

Discovering Our Links To Europe, Syllabus, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 2002. Good research ideas and information especially for Eastern Europe and Germany. BCGS Library 971.24 SGS

Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire, searchable, beta version: http://www.meyersgaz.org/

Kartenmeister, Locations, place names/changes database for East Prussia, including Memel, West Prussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia as in Spring 1918. And more: http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/html/english.html

All Galicia Database, records of the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, today  part of eastern Poland and western Ukraine. http://search.geshergalicia.org

Polish Genealogy Sources by Mark Rabideau, Many Roads: http://www.many-roads.com/2014/05/12/polish-genealogy-sources/

Polish Roots: http://www.polishroots.org/

Lost Shoebox Genealogy – online records for Poland: http://www.lostshoebox.com/poland/online-records/

Jewish Life in Poland, pre-World War II. On-line exhibits, maps and finding aids for 70 archival collections at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research:  http://polishjews.yivoarchives.org/

Poland -World War II – “Victims of repression under the German occupation” http://www.straty.pl/index.php

Volhynia, a site about research for the area now in the northwest corner of Ukraine (known in German as Wolhynien) by Dave Obee: http://www.volhynia.com

“East European Emigration and the EWZ” (.pdf) by Dave Obee, FEEFHS.org: http://feefhs.org/journal/9/obee.pdf

“Einwandererzentralstelle (EWZ) microfilms” by Dave Obee, Volhynia: http://www.volhynia.com/res-ewz.html

Hungarian Family Record, census transcriptions, other indexes, articles on using FamilySearch resources: http://www.hungarianfamilyrecord.org

“Mutilation: the Fate of Eastern European Names in America” by William F. Hoffman (.pdf file), Polish Genealogical Society of America: http://www.pgsa.org/PDFs/Mutilation.pdf?et_mid=672343&rid=238874179

“Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was)” by Philip Sutton, New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/07/02/name-changes-ellis-island


Czech Republic

Czech Surnames – origin and distribution: http://zlimpkk.tripod.com/Genealogy/czechsurnames.html


German Names, info and links, Genealoger: http://www.genealoger.com/german/ger_names.htm

Ancestry.de – Namensforschung name search/meaning for Germany:http://www.ancestry.de/namensforschung

Verwandt – German surname mapping: http://www.verwandt.de/karten


Polish Surnames – information and requests by William F. “Fred” Hoffman, author of Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings (BCGS Library 943.8’929 HOF), Polish Roots: http://www.polishroots.org/Research/SurnameSearch/SurnameOrigins/tabid/117/Default.aspx