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Finding a Place of Origin in Pre-WW II Europe

Finding a Place of Origin in Pre-WW II Europe

(A class project of the missionaries serving on the B-1 floor of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Overview of This Page

Object: Find a village/town of origin when only a larger country, region or ethnicity is known by using sources that are searchable by name.

Important Note: Using records created in the country of settlement is usually the best and easiest strategy. Examples are:

  • Incoming passenger lists.
  • Naturalization records.
  • Military draft records.
  • Social Security records.

Using the sources on this page may be more complex and less likely to bring success.

These sources include online databases and other records searchable by name.

This page does not include:

  • Sources specific to a specific town or village.
  • Browse only sources.
  • Genealogical databases built on line or uploaded with GEDCOM files.

Europe General

Central Europe


Eastern Europe

Austrian Empire

Bohemia and Moravia

(Modern Czech Republic)


German Empire

Prussian Poland

Russian Empire

Russian Poland, and parts of Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine

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