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  •  Those borders got moved around (5+ / 0-)
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    ... quite a bit.  The same town, at different times, could have been in several different countries.

    I do have one part of my tree from Eastern Europe.  So far, I've not tackled it, because of being too daunting compared to Western Europe with records in languages I can decipher.  I admire your persistence and results.

    What do we make of the contrast between heroic teachers who stand up to a gunman and craven, feckless politicians who won’t stand up to the N.R.A.? -- Nicholas Kristof, NYT --

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:58:45 AM PST

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      I haven't done much research in the materials from Eastern Europe. I found the U.S. passenger manifest and then did some English-language research on the area.

      In the case of Eva's area, the Austrians were in charge of the census there for a long time but the official language of the kingdom was Polish. I'm told the census forms were in Polish, but there are keys translating the column headings. That's all I think you need to check that. Though I shudder to think about deciphering the handwriting.

      Since Eva was born (1895), her hometown has changed hands at least eight times, mostly during the wars. It changed hands a bunch more times in the millennium before she was born. I drew up a cheat sheet so I could remember who was in charge when.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:08:42 AM PST

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    •  Here is (3+ / 0-)
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      a sample Austrian census of the area. I need an online Polish dictionary for words like wife, father, daughter, etc., and maybe some other stuff.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:11:11 AM PST

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