“My dad told me I was left on the doorstep of Humboldt and Meinecke.” Lawrence* was trying to recall any additional details about his search for his biological parents. He took a bite of toast […]
Just Getting Started?
- This series of guides uses real-life examples to explain how to use DNA and public records to research your own central European roots. While my focus is on Austria-Hungary, many of the methods described can [...]
DNA & Ethnicity
Finding Place Names
- Village Lists and Gazetteers Identifying an ancestor’s village of origin is an essential step to building a several-generation family tree. Many small towns from a century ago no longer exist, or have gone through one or more name changes. The documents and links on this [...]
My Genealogical Projects
- When researching European ancestors, often the information we need isn’t easily accessible or available online. These pages contain links to my notes, findings, and indexes.