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General queries western europe

General queries western europe

Posted: 1341271285000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1349295912000
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: 1341702251000
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: 1357440811000
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: 1360603192000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1361029829000
YES ANY TIPS FOR THIS I AM RESEARCHING A FAMILY FROM GERMANY ! PRUSSIA ?

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 1360983572000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1361029844000
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: 1361029935000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1418412956000
To get advice on researching German ancestors, post on the Germany board:

Localities > Central Europe > Germany

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 1363736882000
Classification: Query
Your best bet is to go to Localities-Central Europe-Historic Regions-Prussia.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 1363736965000
Classification: Query
Try Localities-Central Europe-Historical Regions.

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 1366699400000
Classification: Query
Hello!
I could not find a board for Germany. Does anyone know where it is? Lillian

Re: General queries western europe

Posted: 1366713724000
Classification: Query
Is it not under central europe?
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