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General queries western europe

General queries western europe

Posted: 2 Jul 2012 11:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Oct 2012 8:25PM GMT
Hello everyone,

I asked for this board to be added to the Western Europe category because, due to wars, political conflict, etc., national and regional borders have changed across Europe over the last 150 years and a town or village can be in different countries at different times. Place names too change. And sadly, communities and other groups can be dispossessed and evicted in the aftermath of war.

All this means to research your ancestors, in Western Europe, if they lived in borderlands, you need to know the original name of the place you are researching, what it is now called and which country it is in today, and where the records are held.

I hope this board can be the starting point for anyone embarking on a search for their western european ancestors. Plus of course all other general queries about western europe.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 7 Jul 2012 11:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
So true! My mother was born in Elsace Lorraine two weeks before WW I broke out, was considered a French citizen since the region today is French.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 6 Jan 2013 2:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,
I am doing just that. I have an amazing family tree from my husbands fathers side with names dating back to the early 1700s. I have a cousin in Germany that is a translator by trade.....a true blessing for this project.

Are there suggestions for getting started...sites etc
Sharon

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 11 Feb 2013 5:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Feb 2013 3:50PM GMT
YES ANY TIPS FOR THIS I AM RESEARCHING A FAMILY FROM GERMANY ! PRUSSIA ?

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 16 Feb 2013 2:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Feb 2013 3:50PM GMT
I am in the same boat. I am researcing my German ancestors. The area where my great-grandfather was born is now in Poland.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 16 Feb 2013 3:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Dec 2014 7:35PM GMT
To get advice on researching German ancestors, post on the Germany board:

Localities > Central Europe > Germany

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 11:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Your best bet is to go to Localities-Central Europe-Historic Regions-Prussia.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 19 Mar 2013 11:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Try Localities-Central Europe-Historical Regions.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 6:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello!
I could not find a board for Germany. Does anyone know where it is? Lillian

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 10:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Is it not under central europe?
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