FindMyPast just posted this: “Discover your Ancestral Hometown” . Their timing couldn’t be more perfect since FEEFHS just announced the opening of registration for the upcoming conference and pre-conference workshops.
If you are trying to figure out how to reach across the Atlantic to your East European ancestors but haven’t yet figured out how to do so, the FMP post gives you the basics. While written with British and Irish ancestors in mind, the process (and the problem) is the same: you must have sufficient information to identify your ancestor in their home country, and that includes knowing the village they were born in.
Their quick tips:
- Start your search in the U.S.
- Don’t neglect things like genealogy periodicals and compiled histories.
- Only search (overseas) once you have the essential information; and even then, you must rigorously verify you have the right family.
Armed with sufficient information like name, birth date, birth place (village of origin), and names of other family members, your search in East European records can begin. And that is where the class sessions at the upcoming FEEFHS conference begin – helping you with the records, methodology, and resources you need to conduct that research.
So, if you don’t yet know the “village of origin”? Joanne Sher will be instructing a two-day pre-conference workshop to help you do just that. Each morning will be spent reviewing records and methods used to find this answer, while the afternoons will be spent in the Family History Library researching and consulting with the experts. There is no guarantee that you will find what you need to in those two days; but we will certainly try to get you to that point. And, you will have a foundation to build upon as your attend the conference sessions on records in your ancestor’s country.