Category Archives: European Ancestors

European Ancestors – Surname Distribution Maps

Surname distribution maps are very helpful in identifying a presence for a surname in a particular country. Below there are a list of Country specific distribution maps. Austria Czech Republic France Germany – Digital dictionary of German surnames Ireland Italy Poland … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Migration Links Polish in Persia (Iran)

From 1942 until the end of the Second World War there was a population 120,000 strong of Polish migrants in Iran, this was part of around 300,000 Poles that had been forced out of their homeland by the Russians and … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Bulgarian Research

Continuing with the migration of the European Ancestors material. The flag shown here is of Bulgaria since 1990 until the present day. Bulgaria is the oldest state in Europe to have kept its original name since AD681 and most of … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Article Digging up Family Roots in Sicily by Russell Shorto

As I continue the movement of European Ancestors material, I read this article by Russell Shorto, who is an American author, historian and journalist.  It was an interesting and fascinating account of researching roots in Sicily. The New York Times published … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Researching in Lithuania

Continuing with the European Ancestors material with focus on Lithuania. There is an interesting site called the Virtual Electronic Heritage System. The site is attempting to thread and bring together a variety of resources, books, manuscripts, Ephemera and more as a … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Researching in Lithuania

There are five regions in Lithuania which are known as Rajonas. Each region has a post office that serves the outlaying villages and that town was known as the Pastas. A village or small town town was known typically as … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Researching in Lithuania

Lithuania gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. Lithuania has a population of around 3 million people. The official language is Lithuanian, but also spoken is Polish and Russian. Records of the Grand Duchy of … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Italian American Podcast

Genealogy is so much more than names and dates. Researching our ancestry is about understanding the locations, cultures and traditions that affected the lives of our ancestors. To be successful at researching European ancestors you will need to put your … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Italian Bibliography

Transferred from the European Ancestors site is my Italian-bibliography which was created from a series of scraps of paper, post it notes and a typed list of books. I  merged the details together into the document linked above. The list of … Continue reading

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Society of Genealogists – Half day lecture – Tracing your European Ancestors: East & West

I will be at the Society of Genealogists in London talking about Tracing European Ancestors: East and West on Saturday 18th May 2019. The history of Britain is full of stories about people arriving from Europe. Often they came as … Continue reading

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