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:
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!