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While you should see what an­ces­ and find­my­ have to of­fer, my­her­itage. com is par­tic­u­larly strong for Euro­pean con­nec­tions, and each ter­ri­tory may also have spe­cial­ist web­sites.

Swe­den, for ex­am­ple, has the long-run­ning ArkivDig­i­tal ( arkivdig­i­tal. net), which boasts mil­lions of colour im­ages of his­tor­i­cal records, while the top-notch blog French Ge­neal­ogy ( french-ge­neal­ogy.type­ in­cludes a direc­tory of de­part­men­tal archives and a glos­sary of French terms.

Euro­peana ( euro­ is a won­der­ful place to find out more about his­toric arte­facts, books, doc­u­ments, news­pa­pers, art­works, videos and oral his­to­ries from col­lec­tions across Europe, and mil­lions more that have been sub­mit­ted by users.

Ge­neal­ogy In­dexer ( ge­neal­o­gyin­ is a use­ful tool for any­one search­ing for an­ces­tors in Cen­tral or Eastern Europe, although much of the data was pro­duced us­ing op­ti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion (OCR) soft­ware, so re­mem­ber to try wild­cards and spell­ing vari­ants when you’re search­ing.

Through Archives Por­tal Europe ( archives­portaleu­ you can search hun­dreds of mil­lions of records from 6,989 in­sti­tu­tions. Its map op­tion will lead you to archival web­sites from Fin­land ( ark­isto. fi/en) to Bel­grade (­dex.php/en).

Don’t ne­glect ge­neal­ogy so­ci­eties and his­tor­i­cal groups, ei­ther. Their web­sites will de­tail pub­li­ca­tions, projects and news, and links to use­ful sites. One well-es­tab­lished and long-run­ning ex­am­ple is the An­glo-Ger­man Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety ( agfhs. org). An­other is the An­glo-Ital­ian Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety ( an­glo-ital­ianfhs.; its ‘Links’ page leads to sites with begin­ners’ ad­vice, church records and civil records, and the cross-ar­chive por­tal at archivi.beni­cul­tur­ Other groups can be found via the Foun­da­tion for East Euro­pean Fam­ily His­tory Stud­ies (, and other cross-archival por­tals in­clude the Span­ish site PARES (El Por­tal de Archivos Es­pañoles; pares.mcu. es) and the vast Archival Re­sources On­line ( szuka­jwarchi­ – if you’re re­search­ing Poland, you should also visit

Re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion may have caused your an­ces­tors to cross coun­try bound­aries. If that’s the case then huguenot­so­ci­ uk/fam­ily-his­tory could come in handy, as will jew­ish­ and for any­one who has Jewish roots.

Fi­nally Google Trans­late is a very use­ful tool. At trans­late. you can type in or paste a word, phrase or pas­sage (up to 5,000 char­ac­ters), then se­lect the lan­guage you wish to trans­late it into. And if you find a site with no ob­vi­ous English ver­sion, you can en­ter the full web ad­dress (in­clud­ing http:// or https://) in the left­hand text field, choose the source lan­guage and click ‘Trans­late’.

Anne Mord­del, the blog­ger be­hind French Ge­neal­ogy, is a pro­lific au­thor

Archives Por­tal Europe in­cludes con­tact in­for­ma­tion for over 2,300 in­sti­tu­tions

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