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Eastern European: Civil Registration Records
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Church parish registers are the foundation of genealogical research in Eastern Europe, but civil registration of vital events is also an important consideration. Although civil registration generally began during the 1800s in most areas, the depth of information in these records makes them a valuable source for learning more about people who were registered. Most civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths provide significantly more information than is found in comparable church registers. In addition, they are often indexed and therefore easier to use. Unfortunately, access to such records is often restricted by availability (they often begin much later than research needs would require) and privacy laws regulating public access. In this course, you will learn the value of civil registration records, what types of records are available, how to access them, the nature and extent of access and privacy restrictions. In addition, you will learn about key terminology, how to deal with foreign language challenges, and other obstacles and key tips on reading and interpreting birth, marriage, and death records.

Course Content

Module 1
Civil Registration Process

Locating Civil Registration Records
  • Indexes to Civil Registration Records

    Civil Registration Overview by Country
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine

    Vital Records/Civil Registration Checklist
    Napoleonís Influence

    Registration Purpose
  • Role of the Civil Registrar

    Duplicate Church Records

    Module 2
    Birth Records
    Birth Civil Registrations
  • Basic Information in Birth Civil Registrations
  • Example Birth Records

    Module 3
    Marriage Records

    Marriage Civil Registrations
  • Marriage Records
  • Basic Information in Civil Marriage Records
  • Example Marriage Records
  • Divorce Records

    Module 4
    Death Records
    Death Civil Registrations

    Death Records
  • Basic Information in Civil Death Records
  • Example Death Records

    Module 5
    Accessing Civil Records

    Family History Library & FamilySearch
  • Online Records
  • How to Search the Collection

    Online Databases
  • Commercial Websites
  • Country Specific

    Modern Place Names

    Correspondence & In-Person Research
  • Guidebooks
  • Correspondence
  • In-Person Research

    Module 6
    Challenges, Laws & Rights of Privacy

    Privacy Laws by Country
  • Lost or Destroyed Records

    Search Tips
    Other Obstacles

    Tales from the Slovak Archives
  • A Case Study in Patience and Perseverance
  • Not All Archives are Created Equal
  • Before You Visit
  • State Regional Archive
  • Vranov Archive
  • Nizny Hrabovec Town Hall
  • Podolinec City Office


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