East Central European Genealogy and Local
Sources for Research
Introduction - Geographic
Sources - Non-English Geographic Sources - Emigration
Ethnic Communities in America: - General
Sources - Selected Internet Sites
Genealogical Guides and Handbooks: - General
- Austrian and German - Croat,
Serb, and Slovene
Czech and Slovak - Hungarian
- Jewish - Polish - Romanian
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.,
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
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
United States. Immigration and Naturalization
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.,
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.