What if you needed a guide to take you through a landscape where everything including the history, the geography, the language and the customs were difficult to understand . . . yet you still had a deep connection with that place? I bet you would want someone or something that understood not just what you were looking for, but what those discoveries would mean to you.
If you have family history rooted in Polish, Czech and/or Slovak heritage, then I highly recommend the new book, The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide by Lisa A. Alzo available in print and as an e-book ($26.99 USD).
An Eastern European Genealogy Guide That Makes Sense
There are many genealogy guides on the market, including ones for Eastern Europe, but the information is not always easy to understand or well-organized. That’s not the case with The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide: the book is easy to use due to the fact that the progression of topics are well-organized and explained clearly by the author.
I’ll admit that I don’t have deep roots in Eastern Europe, but I do have German ancestors who I know lived in those areas that were Poland at one time. So as I read this guide, I starting taking notes about my 3rd great-grandmother Franziska Herger and how I can find out more about her life and her family.
Here are the features I found most useful in The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide:
- There is strong focus on localities and the author explains why this focus is so important in your research.
- The migrations of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks to the United States are traced in detail.
- There are fillable forms if you purchase the PDF e-book version! Forms such as Cluster Research Worksheet, Name Variants Worksheet, Polish Partition Tracker Worksheet, Vital Records Checklist, and more!
- Surnames and naming patterns
- Vital records: the various types of records, where they are held and how to get copies.
- The Research Trip chapter is outstanding! Alzo goes into great detail with helpful advice on how she planned a successful trip to Slovakia that really opened up her research.
- And can I say that the Appendices are amazing? They include:
- Understanding Czech, Understanding Polish, Understanding Slovak
- US Genealogy Archives and Libraries
- Civil Record Archives in Europe
- Church Record Archives in Europe
- Archives: Sample letters to request records – written in Czech, Polish and Slovak with English translation
- Genealogical and Historical Societies
- Websites, Books and Articles
The Family Tree Polish, Czech & Slovak Genealogy Guide is 242 pages in length and is invaluable if you have ancestors in Eastern Europe. It is one of those books that you’ll be referring to constantly as you progress through your genealogy research and build your family tree. Thanks to author Lisa A. Alzo, what once seemed like a daunting challenge of trying to interpret various pieces of evidence in my research, can now be a solvable puzzle unlocking even more information about my family history.
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