2019 Blog Summary
I published 11 blogs in 2019, all on researching ‘alien’ ancestors; tracing the family history records for ancestors located in other countries. This continued following requests from customers, especially from my courses and talks for insights into the genealogy records of countries outside England and Wales.
Here is a short summary of each blog. Have a look, and click on the title of those that take your interest, you wish to re-read or those that you missed during the year.
December: Your ancestors in Poland
Poland (officially The Republic of Poland) is a Country with a rich history. With a population of 38.5 million it is the sixth largest member of the European Union. Warsaw is the capital with other major cities including Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk and Szczecin. Wanting to trace your Polish ancestors? This blog will help you get started.
November: Your ancestors in the Netherlands
The Netherlands (commonly known in the UK as Holland) is a Country with a rich history. Known as a liberal country the Netherlands embraced many asssets of culture for the first time, many we now take for granted. Were your ancestors Dutch? This blog will help you get started.
October: Your ancestors in Hungary
Hungary is a Country with a rich history, most of us know the Country by its Capital Budapest. However great numbers of people contributed to the waves of European Emigration from the 1850s – 1940s. Were your ancestors among them? This blog will help you get started.
September: Your ancestors in Germany
Germany is a Country we tend to know through two world wars and the European Union. Many German speaking people migrated to the United Kingdom and settled before and after the major wars of the 20th Century. Like many European countries Germany has a complex history and records are generally kept locally. State and Church Archives should be consulted for original or duplicate records. Don’t dismay; this blog will help you get started.
August: Your ancestors in Czechia (currently The Czech Republic)
Czechia (currently The Czech Republic) is a Country we probably know through its beautiful capital city; Prague. Like many European countries it has a complex history and records are in different formats, for different people and religions. Don’t dismay; this blog will help you get started.
July: our ancestors in Belgium
Belgium, a Country perhaps close to our hearts in the United Kingdom. Belgium refugees were welcomed into the UK during the 1st World War, looking for food, shelter and most importantly security from Germanys’ invading army. The history of this young Country makes for challenging research for UK based family historians; records may be found written in French, German, Dutch or Latin depending upon the area you are focusing your research on. Don’t dismay; this blog will help you get started.
June: Your ancestors in Austria
Austrian family history records, like many European Records are challenging to track down if you don’t know which part of Austria your ancestor came from. If the Census you are consulting states your ancestor was from Austria you need to work out if they came from an area within the modern boundaries of Austria or whether they came from an area within the Habsburg Empire. Translating this area onto a modern day map should help indicate the modern state you need to concentrate your research in. This blog will help you get started.
May: Your ancestors in Northern Ireland
Irish family history records have been a challenge in the past to family history research. This is changing rapidly due to online records and Family History Societies dedicated to supporting you with your understanding of the records available and supporting your research. There are more than 70 million people alive today who claim Irish ancestry; maybe you are one of these?
April: Your ancestors in USA
Family history research has been popular in the United States of America for many decades. Arguably the US leads the way in genealogy research and the standards of research methodology. Get your head around the State System of record keeping and these genealogy records can provide far more detail than we are used to in the United Kingdom.
March: Your ancestors in Ireland
Irish family history records have been a challenge in the past to family history research. This is changing rapidly due to online records and Family History Societies dedicated to supporting you with your understanding of the records available and supporting your research.
February: Your ancestors in Wales
Welsh family history records are derived from the English system of record keeping and you will note the similarity if researching both Welsh and English ancestors.
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Continuing the theme here is a list of earlier ‘alien ancestor’ blogs:
December 2018: Your ancestors in Scotland
November 2018: Your Ancestors in Asia
I took just 8 of these 48 countries to give you a flavour of what genealogy records may exist across the continent:
October 2018: Your Ancestors in Europe
September 2018: Your ancestors in India
July 2018: O Canada! Land of our ancestors
June 2018: New Zealand: The long, white cloud
March 2018: Australian Records
Robert Parker is a Genealogist and Trainer, based in Kent. He delivers courses, guidance, talks and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. See https://myfamilygenealogy.co.uk/guidance/ for my 5 steps to discovering your ancestors. Contact Robert to discuss your requirements without obligation.
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