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
Selected Internet Sites
Umbrella organization for genealogy societies focusing on Eastern
Europe. Maintains active Web pages with links to specialized groups.
Posts detailed information on individual regions and updates on
Clearinghouse for Jewish genealogy worldwide, with extensive information
on Eastern Europe. Useful links to special interest groups (SIGs)
and other valuable sites.
Pinpoints even the smallest settlements in Eastern Europe. Soundex
system helps user by identifying all possible sites based on variant
orthography. Database provides coordinates, and linked maps give
Directs researchers to regional facilities (with information concerning
their services and holdings), describes record types (including
immigration and naturalization records), and provides some limited
digitized data. Describes NARA policies with regard to genealogical
research and lists NARA publications for sale (primarily microfilm).
Offers links to useful Web sites.
Highly regarded Web site for American genealogy. Provides links
to sites focusing on ethnic groups of central and eastern Europe.
Home page for the emigration project of the State Archives of Hamburg,
Germany, that will digitize lists of passengers who embarked from
Hamburg ports. Archive plans to post the entire list covering the
dates 1850 to 1934. Hamburg, along with Bremen (for which little
information is extant), was a primary port of exit for East Europeans.
Excellent site for Polish genealogy. Especially helpful links for
Part of the network of Web sites maintained by volunteer genealogists
to answer questions about research in specific regions. Links to
sites dedicated to individual countries and regions.
The Society is headquartered in Chicago. Includes links to databases
containing the Dziennik Chicagoski death notices, Haller's Army
index (World War I), Jubilee Book index, and indexes to the surnames
and death claim files of the Polish Roman Catholic Union insurance
Web site for genealogical activities of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Provides access to the Church's
extensive genealogical databases (Ancestral File, International
Genealogical Index, and others) and the catalog of the Family History
Library. Under "Browse Categories" a section entitled
"Research Support" offers research guides to genealogical
research in various countries and regions, including Central and
Describes source materials, methods of research, and links
to other useful sites.
Expanding database of translated "yizkor books," memorial
books written after the Holocaust as tribute to communities destroyed
in the Holocaust. Most were originally published in Hebrew or Yiddish.
Books may include biographies and photographs, history of settlements,
traditional stories, and details concerning the impact of the Holocaust
on specific communities. For materials not available online, library
holdings or the name of a contact person may be provided.