Flummoxed - Town of Origin

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Note: This page is part of the Flummoxed series and made to help those who haven't found family history information in the usual places. More information about searching the usual places is on the Flummoxed - Extending Family Lines page.


  1. You are trying to extend a family line, and
  2. Your big challenge is "Crossing the Pond" or, in other words, finding your ancestor's home town in a foreign country.

Before We Go On, Please Decide:

Ask yourself, if the birth or marriage record the ancestor you are trying to find were correctly extracted and put into an online database—

I would recognize my ancestor

I already have sufficient, unique, identifying information about my ancestor such as:

  • An exact date of birth or perhaps month and year.
  • A country of origin plus at least a region, province, or district of birth.
    The exact city or village name is the most helpful.
  • Additional given names.
  • A very unusual surname.
  • A father, mother, sibling's name. The more, the better.
  • A mother's maiden name.
  • The first and maiden name of a spouse also from the place of origin.
  • The spouse's father's name.
  • The spouse's mother's name.

If you believe you already have enough information to make a positive identification, then click here.

I would NOT recognize my ancestor

If you have very little specific information about an ancestor who also has a common name, then click here.