EURO­PEAN FAM­ILY

Genealogist Jonathan Scott rec­om­mends web­sites for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans delv­ing into their roots on the Con­ti­nent

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Euro­pean ge­neal­ogy cov­ers a wide range of sources and dis­ci­plines. Each coun­try has its strengths and weak­nesses in terms of re­search. Some, like the UK, have huge quan­ti­ties of fam­ily his­tory re­sources digi­tised and on­line, while oth­ers lag be­hind. Some have ex­haus­tive and ac­ces­si­ble civil reg­is­tra­tion, cen­sus and church records; oth­ers have pri­mary sources that are more scat­tered and frag­men­tary.

Un­der­stand­ing how to do re­search in a new coun­try can be a chal­lenge, but with some dig­ging you should, at the very least, be able to find use­ful sources of ad­vice. My rec­om­men­da­tions give a spread of good cen­tralised re­sources, as well as re­veal­ing the kinds of on­line tools that ex­ist.

Fi­nally if you are fol­low­ing Euro­pean an­ces­tors who set­tled here, sev­eral of The Na­tional Archives’ free re­search guides cover mi­gra­tion, nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion and cit­i­zen­ship. You can find them at na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk/ help-with-your-re­search/re­search-guides.

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