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Old 12-16-2008, 11:28 PM
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Post 6) How can I find out what village my ancestor came from? [WIP]

[This is a Work in Progress [WIP]]

Finding the ancestral village of an ancestor is often easy, but can be difficult or even impossible. However you don't know until you try. Below is a list of places that I have found either the ancestral village name or a clue:
  • Inverviews of older relatives
  • Family documents from Poland
  • American church records
  • Death Records
  • US census - can learn immigration and/or naturalization year
  • Passenger ship records, and indexes like "Germans to America"
  • Naturalization records - usually held at the county level in the US
  • Obituaries, especially in Polish Language Newspapers.
  • County histories/genealogies
  • Local historical/genealogical societies
  • Local fraternal and other ethnic or cultural organizations
  • Tombstones and cemetery records
  • US Social Security records, for individuals living after 1935
  • Probate records
  • US Civil War pension or other military records, if appropriate
  • Neighbors in America, because sometimes unrelated families emigrated together
  • Contemporary newspapers, which often printed passenger lists and emigrant correspondence

If there is someother source for finding the ancestral village please email <place email here>
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:57 AM
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Finding my grandmothers birth place in Poland was a fairly easy one - we had the name, but since history was kept quite, we needed confirmation.

So i googled quite a bit, and actually found a same surname person living in her town of Birth, (SE Poland), i actually found this person on the Polish google - i wrote to him, and it was a 2nd cousin and of course my grandmothers place of living prior to WW2.

My grandfathers place of birth was different - the spelling we had was not correct, and actaully, we had different spellings from different documents - all of which could of been another town altogether. Border changes did not help the situation at all, and at one stage i was searching in Poland, but as it turned out, its the Ukraine. It took about 1 year and a bit to really get confirmation and this was done through the article i had put in their local paper.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:07 AM
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Smile Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing your experience. The Internet seems be more help these days. I'll be sure to include the Internet as tool for FAQ question.
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