The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 240 pages
Author: L. Alzo
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781440343278
Other: b&w photographs, maps, appendixes, addresses, index
Publisher: Family Tree Books

Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores (and elsewhere) back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting - and challenging - journey of finding your Polish, Czech of Slovak roots.

You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family's town of origin, local key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region's complicated history.

The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists and sample record request letters to aid your research.


Part 1. Linking your Family Tree to Polish, Czech and Slovak Localities
1. Your Polish, Czech or Slovak Roots
2. Jump-starting your Polish, Czech and Slovak Research
3. Identifying your Immigrant Ancestor
4. The History of Poland
5. The History of the Czech and Slovak Republics

Part 2. Getting to Know the Old Country
6. Understanding Eastern European Geography
7. Languages, Surnames, and Given Names

Part 3. Tracing your Family in Poland, the Czech Repuiblic, and Slovakia
8. Vital Records
9. Census Records
10. Military Records
11. Other Record Resources
12. Heritage Travel and On-site Research

Part 4. Advanced Sources and Strategies
13. Putting it All Together
14. What to do When you Get Stuck

Appendix A. Understanding Polish
Appendix B. Understanding Czech
Appendix C. Understanding Slovak
Appendix D. US Genealogy Archives and Libraries
Appendix E. Civil Record Archives in Europe
Appendix F. Chyrch Record Archives in Europe
Appendix G. Sample Letters to Request Records
Appendix H. Polish, Czech and Slovak Historical and Genealogical Societies
Appendix I. Websites and Publications

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