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East Central European Genealogy and Local History:
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Genealogical Guides and Handbooks: General

Allen, Serah Fleury.
Overcoming obstacles to Eastern European research: self-help for laypeople. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1990. iii, 98 p., ill.
LC call number: CS408.E852A4 1990
LC control number: 91218650

Informal general guide to research. Practical advice remains useful despite changes in East European conditions that invalidate some details.


Baxter, Angus.
In search of your European roots: a complete guide to tracing your ancestors in every country in Europe. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 1994. xii, 292 p.
LC call number: CS403.B39 1994 LH&G
LC control number: 9406791

Basic guide for beginning research. Includes brief descriptions of history of each European country, types of records available, and conditions for researchers.


Bentz, Edna M.
If I can, you can decipher Germanic records. [San Diego, Calif.?]: E.M. Bentz, 1982 (1983 printing). 78 leaves, ill.
LC call number: PF3097.B46 1983 LH&G
LC control number: 8312815

Samples of German script found in vital records, organized according to general classes of terminology (genealogical terminology, Germanic Latin and Danish phrases, illnesses, occupations and titles). Valuable also for non-German areas where records were kept in German in earlier times.


United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Foreign versions of English names and foreign equivalents of United States military and civilian titles. Detroit, Mich.: Grand River Books, [197-?]. v, 227 p.
LC call number: CS2309.U55 1970z LH&G
LC control number: 80128851

Gives foreign equivalents of English names in many languages, including Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. Provides equivalent terms for civil and military titles as well as professional designations.


Shea, Jonathan D. and William F. Hoffman.
Following the paper trail: a multilingual translation guide. New Milford, CT: Language & Lineage Press, 1991. vi, 240 p., ill.
LC call number: PB268.S46 1991 LH&G
LC control number: 91077564

Assistance in deciphering and translating vital records in 13 European languages, including German, Latin, Romanian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, and Lithuanian. Describes alphabet of each language and offers samples of actual documents, with lists of commonly used words and phrases.


Suess, Jared H.
Central European genealogical terminology. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1978. i, 168 p., ill.
LC call number: CS6.S9 LH&G
LC control number: 80112612

Much of East Central Europe has been at least temporarily in a German-language administrative zone. Handbook lists terms frequently encountered in records of such areas, including those in German, Latin, French, Italian, and Hungarian. Notes terminology for feast days, occupations, time, dates, and various Latin or Latinized geographical expressions that have archaic orthography or usage.

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