Our team can help you with tracing your family tree in Europe and elsewhere.
In Europe, the earliest records of individuals and families generally began in the 1500s and were kept by the local parish priest. By the 1800s, many governments required these ministers to send duplicate copies of their church books (baptisms, marriages, confirmations and burials) to them in order to keep track of the population. By the late 1800s, many governments began Civil Registrations of births, marriages, and deaths themselves. In places like Hungary for example, Civil Registration of births, marriages and deaths began in the fall of 1895.
We have access to Church and Civil records from countries across Central Europe including France, Germany, and Poland, to name only a few. Many of these records are available through the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). In some cases, the records are only accessible through on-site research in various archives in Europe. We regularly work with on-site researchers to acquire and translate genealogical records. Some of these records have not been viewed since the time they were recorded and would not be accessible by any other means. It is a privilege to reunite individuals and families with their ancestors through genealogical research; we have also helped find long lost cousins in the “Old Country,” literally bringing families together.
Although some Jewish records have been lost, we know how important it is for Jewish families to connect with their roots, to see where their ancestors lived and to walk where their ancestors walked. We have had great success in researching Jewish families from Central and Eastern Europe and we are eager to help you achieve this connection.
Because the local churches were the custodians of the only records of ordinary people for hundreds of years, it is essential to know the name of your ancestor’s hometown before trying to research them in records from Europe. Our immigration researchers know what records to look for and how to identify your ancestor’s hometown. Whether your family comes from a southern European country like Italy, Spain or Portugal, or from Central or Eastern Europe, we have a phenomenal success rate at finding ancestral hometowns.