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Eastern European: Other Records...Including Census, Land, Military & Tax
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While church registers are the most useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful in the absence of church and civil registration records for your locality.

We will begin with a brief review of “other” records that you can use to research your ancestors in Eastern Europe. We will then look specifically at census, military, land, tax, and nobility records, as well as sources such as directories and compiled genealogies. In addition, you will learn about general search strategies, key terminology, how to deal with foreign language challenges, and other obstacles, and tips on reading and interpreting these records.

Finally, we will review some of the best websites for finding Eastern European records online and how to work around common obstacles such as privacy laws, translating records and more.


Course Content

Module 1
Overview of Other Records
Introduction
Look for Books
Museums & Societies
Newspapers
Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources


Module 2

Census Records
Introduction
Austrian Empire
German Empire
Russian Empire
Ottoman Empire

Other Areas
• Czech Republic
• Croatia
• Poland

General Census Reading Tips
Parish Censuses
Population Registers
Example Records
Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources


Module 3

Military Records
Introduction

Locating Military Records
• Military Databases for the World Wars
• Memory Books

Timeline of War in Eastern Europe
Austrian Empire
Czech Republic & Slovakia
German Empire
Russian Empire

Other Areas
• Croatia
• Poland
• Austria
• German Military Records from FamilySearch
• Russian Military Records from FamilySearch

Example Records
Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources


Module 4

Land Records & Tax Lists
Introduction

Land Records
• Austria
• German
• Hungary
• Poland
• Slovakia
• Russia

Tax Lists
• Austria
• Hungary
• German Empire
• Russia Empire

Example Records
Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources


Module 5

Miscellaneous Records
Introduction
EWZ Records

Nobility Records
• Czech Republic
• Hungary
• Slovakia
• Poland
• Russia
• Jewish Genealogy Nobility

City Directories
• Local Town or Village Histories
• Internet Telephone Directories

Cemetery or Memorial Websites
Compiled Genealogies

Other Online Sources
• Prague Police Registration Forms
• Germans from Russia Settlement Locations
• Database of Ukrainian Residents

Example Records
Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources


Module 6

Challenges, Laws & Rights of Privacy
Introduction
• Transcription Tools
• Dictation
• Transcription Projects
• Social Media Translation Assistance
• Transcription Tips
• Common Genealogical Terms

Other Obstacles
• Example Research Story

Summary
Recommended Reading & Resources

Appendix

 
 

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