Handbooks for Foreign Genealogical Research
1. University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center.
The Immigration History Research Center : a guide to
collections / compiled and edited by Suzanna Moody and Joel Wurl
; production coordinated by Judith Rosenblatt and Anne Bjorkquist
Ng ; foreword by Rudolph J. Vecoli. -- New York : Greenwood
Press, 1991. -- xxiii, 446 p. : ill. -- (Bibliographies and
indexes in American history ; no. 20)
Z1361.E4 U58 1991 <LH&G>
Lists manuscript collections and newspapers of twenty-three
countries, mostly in eastern Europe, held at the Center.
2. Kurzweil, Arthur.
From generation to generation : how to trace your Jewish
genealogy and family history / Arthur Kurzweil. -- Rev. ed. --
New York : HarperCollins, c1994. -- xxiv, 388 p. : ill.
CS21 .K87 1994
3. Law, Hugh T 1922-.
How to trace your ancestors to Europe / by Hugh T. Law, editor
and author. -- 1st ed. -- Salt Lake City : Cottonwood Books,
1987. -- 422 p. : ill.
CS402 .L38 1987
Includes case studies showing how ancestors were traced to
their birthplaces in twenty European countries.
1. Senekovic, Dagmar.
Handy guide to Austrian genealogical records / by Dagmar
Senekovic. -- Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers, c1979. -- v, 97
p. : maps.
A brief discussion of types of records available followed by a
section devoted to each diocese listing parishes, their
locations, and (in some instances) beginning dates of their
baptismal, marriage, and death records.
1. Major genealogical record sources for Belgium / the Genealogical
Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. --
Salt Lake City : The Department, 1976. -- 12 p. : maps. --
(Series G ; no. 3)
CS794 .M35 1976 <LH&G>
Presents a brief overview and discussion.
1. Miller, Olga K.
Genealogical research for Czech and Slovak Americans / Olga K.
Miller. -- Detroit : Gale Research Co., c1978. -- xiv, 187 p. --
(Gale genealogy and local history series ; v. 2)
CS524 .M54 <LH&G>
2. Schlyter, Daniel M.
A handbook of Czechoslovak genealogical research / by Daniel M.
Schlyter. -- Buffalo Grove, Ill. : Genun Publishers, c1985. --
v, 131 p. : ill.
E184.B67 S35 1985 <LH&G>
Includes maps and bibliographies.
1. Durye, Pierre.
Genealogy, an introduction to Continental concepts / by Pierre
Durye ; translated from the French language by Wilson Ober
Clough. -- New Orleans : Polyanthos, 1977. -- 143 p. : ill.
CS17 .D813 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 135-136.
Translation of La g,n,alogie. 4th ed.
Discusses the historical background of French genealogical
research and available resources for research.
2. Franklin, Charles M.
Huguenot genealogical research / by Charles M. Franklin ; with
an introduction by Liliane Krasean. -- [Indianapolis?] : C.M.
Franklin, c1985. -- vi, 58 p.,  leaves of plates. : ill.
E184.H9 F73 1985 <LH&G>
Discusses Huguenot records in the United States, Canada, West
Indies, Alsace-Lorraine, the Netherlands and Belgium, Britain,
Germany, and Switzerland.
3. Records of genealogical value for France / the Genealogical
Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. --
Rev. -- Salt Lake City : The Department, 1978. -- 10 p. --
(Series G ; no. 1)
CS49 .R42 1978 <LH&G>
Presents a brief overview of available records.
4. Konrad, J.
French and French-Canadian family research / J. Konrad. --
Munroe Falls, Ohio : Summit Publications, c1985. -- ii, 76 p. :
CS83 .K65 1985
5. Audin, Margaret.
Barking up that French tree / by Margaret Audin. -- Owensboro,
Ky. : Cook-McDowell Publications, c1980. -- 61 p. : ill.
CS599 .A93 1980 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 56.
Includes a case study, copies of original documents, Republican
calendar conversion tables, addresses of archives and
genealogical societies, and a glossary of useful French terms for
1. Baxter, Angus 1912-.
In search of your German roots : a complete guide to tracing
your ancestors in the Germanic areas of Europe / Angus Baxter. --
United Germany ed., rev. & updated. -- Baltimore : Genealogical
Pub. Co., 1991. -- 116 p. : ill.
CS614 .B39 1991 <LH&G>
This work, published since the reunification of Germany, is
designed to aid in tracing German roots in all German-speaking
areas of Europe. It includes addresses of state, city, parish,
and family archives, as well as genealogical associations in
Germany and German genealogical associations in the United States
2. Jensen, Larry O.
A genealogical handbook of German research / by Larry O.
Jensen. -- Rev. ed. -- Pleasant Grove, Utah : L.O. Jensen,
1980-c1983. -- 2 v. : ill., maps.
CS614 .J46 1980 <LH&G>
3. Lind, Marilyn 1934-.
Researching and finding your German heritage / by Marilyn Lind.
-- Updated and enl. ed. -- Cloquet, Minn. : Linden Tree, c1991.
-- 150 p. : ill., maps.
CS614 .L56 1991 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 139-142) and index.
4. Palen, Margaret Krug.
Genealogical research guide to Germany / by Margaret Krug
Palen. -- Bowie, Md : Heritage Books, 1988. -- xi, 69 p. : ill.
CS612 .P35 1988
Bibliography: p. 67-68.
The first section is devoted to some aspects of mid-nineteenth
century German social history.
5. Research guide to German-American genealogy / Mary Bellingham ...
[et al.]. -- St. Paul, Minn. : German Interest Group, Branch of
Minnesota Genealogical Society, c1991. -- ii, 215 p. : maps.
E184.G3 R39 1991
The "how to" portion of the book includes sample worksheets and
letters in German. Also included are a glossary, samples of
German script, many maps, and useful addresses. The author
explains researching records in German-speaking European
countries, and discusses the religious composition of Germanic
peoples and the available documents.
6. Smith, Clifford Neal.
Encyclopedia of German-American genealogical research /
Clifford Neal Smith and Anna Piszczan-Czaja, Smith. -- New York :
R. R. Bowker Co., 1976. -- xiii, 273 p.
E184.G3 S66 <LH&G>
7. Smith, Kenneth L (Kenneth Lee) 1947-.
Writing to Germany : a guide to genealogical correspondence
with German sources / Kenneth L. Smith. -- [Columbus, Ohio] :
K.L. Smith, c1984. -- 19 p.
CS614 .S65 1984
Addresses the questions of whether or not to write, where to
write, and how to send payment. Some form letters, translated
into German, are included.
8. Rottenberg, Dan.
Finding our fathers : a guidebook to Jewish genealogy / Dan
Rottenberg. -- Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1986, c1977. --
xiv, 401 p.,  p. of plates. : ill.
CS21 .R58 1986
Alphabetical List of Family Names: p. 149-375.
Chapters Seven and Eight discuss sources for research in North
Africa, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
9. Jewish genealogy beginner's guide / edited by Irene Saunders
Goldstein ; compiled by Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater
Washington. -- 2nd ed. -- Vienna, Va. : The Society, 1991. -- 1
v. (various pagings). : facsims., forms.
CS21 .J48 1991 <LH&G>
Chapter Ten discusses Holocaust research.
10. Thode, Ernest.
Address book for Germanic genealogy / Ernest Thode. -- 5th ed.
-- Baltimore : Genealogical Pub, c1994. -- 174 p. : ill., maps.
CS611 .T48 1994
11. Genealogical guide to German ancestors from East Germany and
eastern Europe / edited by Arbeitsgemeinschaft ostdeutscher
Familienforscher e.V. ; translated by Joachim O.R. Nuthack and
Adalbert Goertz. -- AGoFF-Wegweiser, English ed. --
Neustadt/Aisch, Germany (West) : Degener, 1984. -- 158 p. : maps.
CS684 .W4413 1984
Translation of Wegweiser für Forschungen nach Vorfahren aus den
ostdeutschen und sudetendeutschen Gebieten.
Although published prior to the reunification of Germany, this
book contains useful information about archives and libraries,
vital records, and sources for data on twenty million soldiers of
the Third Reich. It also discusses homeland locality indices (an
outgrowth of missing persons bureau of churches) and German
settlements in eastern and southeastern Europe.
1. Allen, Serah Fleury.
Overcoming obstacles to Eastern European research : self-help
for laypeople / by Serah Fleury Allen. -- Apollo, Pa. : Closson
Press, c1990. -- iii, 98 p. : ill.
CS408.E852 A4 1990
Includes sample letters to write, facsimiles of documents, and
lists of some organizations in the United States that may be able
to help with research.
1. Bywater, Lica Catsakis.
Greek genealogical research / by Lica Catsakis Bywater and
Daniel M. Schlyter ; prepared by International Reference Section,
Family History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints. -- 1st ed. -- Salt Lake City : The Section, 1988. -- i,
79 p. : ill.
CS732 .B98 1988 <LH&G>
This comprehensive guide for Greek-Americans includes form
letters in Greek requesting information with English
1. Brandt, Edward R 1931-.
Contents and addresses of Hungarian archives : with
supplementary material for research on German ancestors from
Hungary / Edward Reimer Brandt. -- Minneapolis, Minn. : E.R.
Brandt, c1992. -- 68 p. : maps.
CD1170 .B73 1992
Part I describes the Hungarian Archives and relevant records
available in the Family History Library. Part II lists addresses
of archives throughout Hungary. Appendixes include "Current
Information Regarding Genealogical Research on Germans in
Hungary," and a "Dateline of Historic Events in Hungary of
Particular Relevance for Research on German Ancestors.
Bibliographies and maps are also included.
2. Suess, Jared H.
Handy guide to Hungarian genealogical records / by Jared H.
Suess. -- Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers, c1980. -- 100 p. :
1. Colletta, John Philip 1949-.
Finding Italian roots : the complete guide for Americans / by
John Philip Colletta. -- Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co.,
c1993. -- 128 p. : ill., facsims.
E184.I8 C62 1993 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-128).
Includes step-by-step procedures for undertaking research in
the United States and discusses Italian civil and religious
record repositories (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish), other Italian
resources, and "practical suggestions for exploiting Italian
2. Glynn, Joseph Martin 1932-.
Manual for Italian genealogy / [compiled by Joseph Martin
Glynn, Jr.]. -- Newton, Mass. : Italian Family History Society,
c1981. -- 1 v. (various pagings). : ill.
CS754 .G58 1981 <LH&G>
Lists names and addresses of genealogical societies, archives,
libraries, and professional genealogists.
3. Guelfi Camajani, Guelfo.
Genealogy in Italy / Guelfo Guelfi Camajani. -- Firenze, Italia
: Istituto genealogica Italiano, . -- 30 p.,  p. of
plates. : ill.
CS753 .G83 1979 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 26-29.
Presents a general outline of Italy's history and a discussion
of Italian genealogy, the nobility, origin of names, archives and
4. Konrad, J.
Italian family research / by J. Konrad. -- Munroe Falls, Ohio :
Summit Publications, c1980. -- ii leaves, 49 p. : ill.
Bibliography: p. 25.
1. Luxembourgers in the new world : a reedition based on the work of
Nicholas Gonner "Die Luxemburger in der Neuen Welt", Dubuque,
Iowa, 1889 : published with a complete index / Jean Ensch,
Jean-Claude Muller, Robert E. Owen (editors) ; original
translations by Gerald L. Liebenau and Jean-Claude Muller. --
Esch-sur-Alzette, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg : Editions-Reliures
Schortgen, 1987. -- 2 v. : ill.
E184.L88 L89 1987
Relevant chapters include Vol. 1, Ch. 10-11, "Analytical
Inventory of Available Sources on Emigrants in the State Archives
of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (AEL), and "A Short Guide to
Ancestry Research in Luxembourg."
1. Franklin, Charles M.
Dutch genealogical research / by Charles M. Franklin ; with an
introduction by Milton Rubincam. -- [Indiana?] : C.M. Franklin,
c1982. -- 96 p. : ill.
CS814 .F7 1982 <LH&G>
Lists some published Dutch church records for New York and New
Jersey, and discusses sources for documents in the Netherlands,
while explaining Dutch patronymics and metronymics. Also included
are lists of Dutch given names with their English equivalents and
lists of each Dutch town identified by its province.
2. The Origins of names and their effect on genealogical research in
The Netherlands / the Genealogical Department of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. -- Salt Lake City : The
Department, c1978. -- 19 p. : ill. -- (Series C ; no. 28)
CS814 .O75 1978
Bibliography: p. 19.
3. Wijnaendts van Resandt, Willem 1883-.
Searching for your ancestors in the Netherlands / by W.
Wijnaendts van Resandt. -- The Hague : Central Bureau voor
Genealogie, 1972. -- 16 p. : map.
Presents an overview of types of records found in the
Netherlands and discusses the Central Bureau for Genealogy.
1. Chorzempa, Rosemary A 1951-.
Polish roots = Korzenie polskie / Rosemary A. Chorzempa. --
Baltimore : Genealogical Pub., 1993. -- xxii, 240 p. : ill.,
E184.P7 C5 1993
Relevant chapters include "Other Ethnic Groups in Poland,"
"Geographic and Ethnic Areas of Poland," "Maps and Gazetteers,"
"Breaking the Language Barrier," (with glossary), and "Writing
Letters to Poland." Civil and church records are discussed.
2. Gnacinski, Janneyne Longley.
Polish and proud : tracing your Polish ancestry / by Jan and
Len Gnacinski. -- West Allis, Wisc. : Janlen Enterprises, c1979.
-- i, 78 p. : ill.
CS49 .G57 <LH&G>
Discusses types and availability of original documents, and
ethnic newspapers, with form letters in English and Polish for
requesting information in Poland.
3. Hoskins, Janina W.
Polish genealogy & heraldry : an introduction to research /
Janina W. Hoskins. -- Washington : Library of Congress, 1987. --
xi, 114 p. : ill.
CS872 .H67 1987 <LH&G>
In this "introduction to Slavic, and especially Polish
genealogical research..." Part I provides a bibliography of
compendiums on armorials, heraldic studies, and genealogies. Part
II includes encyclopedias, biographies, geographic dictionaries
and gazetteers, histories, and archival resources.
4. Ortell, Gerald A.
Polish parish records of the Roman Catholic Church : their use
and understanding in genealogical research / by Gerald A. Ortell.
-- 3rd revision. -- Buffalo Grove, Ill : Genun, 1989. -- iii, 87
p. : ill.
CS873 .O77 1989 <LH&G>
The principal focus is on the area of Galicia.
5. Wellauer, Maralyn A.
Tracing your Polish roots / by Maralyn A. Wellauer. -- Rev. and
enl. -- Milwaukee, WI : M.A. Wellauer, c1991. -- ii, 108 p. :
CS49 .W45 1991
Presents a brief discussion of Polish history, including
reclaimed territory (formerly German) and explains finding place
of origin and locating towns of ancestors. Also discussed are
record sources in Poland and tips on writing for information.
1. North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.
Researching the Germans from Russia : annotated bibliography of
the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at the North Dakota
Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University
Library, with a listing of the library materials at the Germans
from Russia Heritage Society / compiled by Michael M. Miller. --
1st ed. -- Fargo, N.D. : The Institute, 1987. -- xxii, 224 p. :
Z1361.R86 N67 1987
2. Sack, Sallyann Amdur 1936-.
The Russian consular records index and catalog / Sallyann Amdur
Sack, Suzan Fishl Wynne. -- New York : Garland, 1987. -- xix, 897
p. -- (Garland reference library of social science ; vol. 392)
CS856.J4 S23 1987 <LH&G>
Provides a name index, based on a Soundex system, to a portion
of Russian consular records at the National Archives that are
relevant to genealogical research. These include correspondence,
banking records, legal certificates, military correspondence and
service, passports and vias, and individual case files.
The Former Soviet Union (USSR)
1. Mehr, Kahlile B.
Sources for genealogical research in the Soviet Union /
compiled by Kahlile B. Mehr, Daniel M. Schlyter. -- Buffalo
Grove, Ill : Genun Publishers, c1983. -- 39 p. : ill.
CS843 .M45 1983 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 17.
Discusses diverse ethnic backgrounds of emigrants from certain
countries that comprised the former Soviet Union and provides
information about church registers and confessional lists, census
registers, revision lists (tax census lists), estate serf lists,
title deeds, some military records, lineage books of noble
families, and notary books. There is a short bibliography of
books describing archival and manuscript repositories.
1. Carlberg, Nancy Ellen.
Beginning Danish research / by Nancy Ellen Carlberg and Norma
S. Keating. -- Anaheim, Calif. : Carlberg Press, c1992. -- 272 p.
: ill., maps.
CS903 .C37 1992 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-263) and index.
Discusses United States documents, Danish sources available on
microfilm in the United States, and traveling to Denmark. The
appendix includes a Danish wordlist and useful addresses.
2. Searching for your Danish ancestors : a guide to Danish
genealogical research in the United States and Denmark -- [St.
Paul, Minn.] : Danish Genealogy Group of the Minnesota
Genealogical Society, 1989. -- 29 p. :ill., maps.
CS902 .S43 1989 <LH&G>
Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-28).
Includes a section on the Danish patronymic naming system.
3. Smith, Frank 1917-.
Genealogical guidebook & atlas of Denmark / [by] Frank Smith
[and] Finn A. Thomsen. -- Salt Lake City : Bookcraft, 1969. --
vii, 164 p. : maps.
DL105 .S6 <LH&G>
Provides a glossary, list of parishes with district, old and
new county names, pre-1793 maps of counties, maps of counties
1793 to the present, county maps showing parishes, and lists of
place names keyed to sectional maps.
4. Thomsen, Finn A.
The beginner's guide to Danish genealogical research / compiled
by Finn A. Thomsen. -- Bountiful, Utah : Thomsen's Genealogical
Center, c1984. -- 24 p. : ill.
CS902 .T45 1984 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 20-21.
This brief overview includes a glossary of useful Danish terms
and lists of addresses.
1. Jonasson, Eric.
Tracing your Icelandic family tree / by Eric Jonasson. --
Winnipeg, Man : Wheatfield Press, c1975, 1982 printing. -- ii, 56
p. : ill.
CS933 .J66 1982 <LH&G>
"Addendum to the second printing": p. 52-56.
Includes chronological list of sixty Icelandic settlements in
North America, and discusses types of records pertinent to
genealogical research in Iceland and North America
1. Olstad, Jan H.
Research in Norway -- Burbank, Calif. : Southern California
Genealogical Society, . -- 1 v. (various pagings).
CS913 .O46 1989
2. Nedrebo, Yngve.
How to trace your ancestors in Norway / Yngve Nedrebo. -- 7th
ed. -- Oslo : Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1989.
-- 28 p. : ill. -- (Norway information)
Not yet in LC
3. Smith, Frank 1917-.
Genealogical guidebook & atlas of Norway / Frank Smith, Finn A.
Thomsen. -- Logan, Utah : Everton Publishers, 1979 printing. -- 1
atlas (v, 56 p.). : maps.
G2065 .S6 1979 <LH&G>
Discusses church, probate, and census records, explains the
terminology used in documents, and lists each county and its
parishes with dates when the record keeping commenced.
4. Thomsen, Finn A.
Genealogical maps & guide to the Norwegian parish registers /
compiled by Finn A. Thomsen. -- Bountiful, Utah : Thomsen's
Genealogical Center, c1987. -- 64 p. : ill.
CS913 .T54 1987 <LH&G>
Lists parishes with map reference and name of clerical
district, including the period for which parish registers are
available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Maps
showing location of each parish are provided.
1. Carlberg, Nancy Ellen.
Beginning Swedish research / by Nancy Ellen Carlberg.
--Anaheim, Calif. : Carlberg Press, c1989. -- 150,  leaves. :
CS923 .C37 1989 <LH&G>
This is a comprehensive guide with maps, photocopies of early
documents, and step-by-step procedures for genealogical research.
2. Hjelm, Dennis J.
Especially for Swedes / Dennis J. Hjelm. -- Basalt, Idaho :
D.J. Hjelm, c1985. -- 1 v. (various pagings). : ill.
CS923 .H64 1985 <LH&G>
Includes copies of early documents and many maps. There is
discussion of language, the handwriting (with examples of Gothic
script), and types of records and their locations.
3. Johansson, Carl Erik.
Cradled in Sweden / Carl-Erik Johansson. -- Logan, Utah :
Everton Publishers, c1972, 1977 printing. -- 205 p. : ill.
CS922 .J6 1972 <LH&G>
Bibliography: p. 204-205.
This comprehensive guide to Swedish genealogical research
discusses language, handwriting, political and ecclesiastical
jurisdictions, archives, and records.