Help with Austrian, Hungarian, and Swiss Research with Retro Resources – Follow Friday

Dear Non-Polish researchers,

I’m not ignoring you.  It may seem like it, as the Genealogy Club has hosted two Polish genealogy programs this year.  Ideally, I would love to have more ethnic genealogy speakers, but I have not found anyone to present on the following topics:

Swiss
French
Austrian
Hungarian
Native American

If you know an experienced speaker who is very knowledgeable in these areas, please let me know.  I would love to speak with them and book a time for them to present a program next year.

In the meantime, I was sifting through our newly organized Local History Room and found some great and totally unexpected resources for centural European researchers.

Overlook the copyright and the plain covers!  You might find what you need with the help of:

Handy Guide to Austrian Genealogical Records by Dagmar Senekovic

Handy Guide to Hungarian Genealogical Records by Jared H. Suess

Handy Guide to Swiss Genealogical Records by Jared H. Suess

Tracing Your German Roots by Maralyn A. Wellauer

Yes, some of the topics include microfilm instructions and inaccurate record office addresses, but these books include *A TON* of great information ranging from record availability dates, non-civil registration information resources, multi-language registrar offices request sample letters, as well as maps, country histories, surname information, and translated word lists.  I can’t wait to look at the Handy Swiss Guide just to see what type of records are really available.

If you’re interested in using these books for your research, they are located in the Local History and Genealogy Room on the 3rd Floor.  These items are not available for checkout, so please leave them in the room for other patrons to enjoy.  A Simple Touch Scanner and photocopy machine are available to assist you with your information gathering efforts.

ALSO: The History Discussion Group meets at 10 am on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Local History Room.  This fun drop-in program is open to teens and adults who are interested in history topics from around the world.  This is a great place to talk about trips, books, research, movies, and documentary films about historical subjects!  The next meetings are Thursday, September 13 and October 11, 2012, so don’t miss out!

See You At The Library!

Debra

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About Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog transmits research tips, notes, and other useful information for genealogy, family history, and local history researchers. This blog is maintained and authored by Adult and Teen Services Manager Debra M. Dudek, and contains publications and postings by Circulation Manager Theresa Hildebrand, Children's Services Assistant Cathy Gonsowski, and School Program Associate Laura Didier. The Fountaindale Public Library District offers numerous resources for the public, including books, materials, database access, a monthly genealogy club, and free programming. The Genealogy Club also offers volunteer research assistance by appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at (630) 685-4176 or by e-mail at genealogy@fountaindale.org
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