Eastern European Record Collections in Ancestry LE

It was formerly nearly impossible to research ancestors from Eastern European countries. There were two big problems with Eastern European research:

1. The records were generally written in the Cyrillic alphabet
2. The communist governments of these countries weren’t inclined to allow duplication of genealogically significant record collections

It is easier now to research ancestors from these countries, thanks to:

1. The Internet
2. Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE)

Map of Eastern Europe (LOC.gov photo)
Eastern Europe (LOC.gov photo)

If we search the Ancestry LE Card Catalog for the following Eastern European countries, we get the following results (case does not matter):

SEARCH—TITLE: Czech (9 hits)
SEARCH—KEYWORD: Czech (72 hits)
SEARCH—TITLE: Poland (65 hits)
SEARCH—KEYWORD: Poland (264 hits)
SEARCH—TITLE: Romania (25 hits)
SEARCH—KEYWORD: Romania (65 hits)
SEARCH—TITLE: Russia (10 hits)
SEARCH—KEYWORD: Russia (46 hits)
SEARCH—TITLE: Slovakia (5 hits)
SEARCH—KEYWORD: Slovakia (34 hits)

These results should also make it obvious that a Keyword Search in Ancestry LE’s Card Catalog is likely to be more productive than a Title Search in this situation!

You may use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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