Helpful International Websites

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Introduction

Many informative websites for international family history research are found on the Internet. Depending on the country, they may include research instructions, reference material, indexes to church-, civil-, and other records, document images, and transcriptions. This article provides a small selection of useful websites. Interested visitors may be able to obtain more information on the FamilySearch Wiki at the respective reference counter in the Family History Library. For European and Hispanic visitors the new FamilySearch site may be helpful. For many countries new names have been added that have never been online before. Go to FamilySearch.org  and click on “Advanced search“to access better search functions for names. Record Collections for different countries are found under the tab “all collections”. Online family history courses for various countries are available on FamilySearch.org. To access, go to FamilySearch.org , click on “learn” [top left], the on “research courses”. 

General information

  • Website addresses change frequently. If an address no longer works, use a search engine to locate the site at a different address, if possible.
  • Foreign-language sites can be navigated more easily with Google translate. Type “translate.google.com” in your Internet browser, then choose the “translate from/ to languages. If you paste the foreign site’s Web address in the “translate” field and click “enter”, the site will come up translated. You can also copy text from the site and paste it in the “translate” window. Google Chrome detects non-English language Web sites and asks if you would like a translation.

NOTE: It is not a good idea to use electronic translators for correspondence, such as a request for    information. In those cases it’s best to find someone who can help you write a letter, or to write the request in simple English.

  • A good starting point for any country or family history topic is Cyndi's List

WESTERN AND SOUTHERN EUROPE

Austria

  • Rootsweb - Austrian GenWeb arranged by ancient Crown land 
  • Genteam – various indexes for Vienna and surrounding area, and a gazetteer for modern-day Austria plus Bohemia and Moravia. Requires free registration and a user-name and password. 
  • Friedhoefewien - Index to cemeteries in Vienna

Belgium

  • Geneaknowhow portal to digital resources for Belgium and the Netherlands. Click on “digital resources”.

France

  • geneanet.org - You can search this database by name and town.
  • francegenweb.org – Click on a department to get the link to the on-line archive. Each department works differently. Departments with online archives are coded in blue. Not all have online archives
  • francegenweb.org - Portal to French genealogy websites 
  • geopatronyme.com - All about French surnames and surname distribution 
  •  geneafrance.org – provides information about different record types, research information, how to order certificates.

Germany

  • Genealogy.net – in German: genealogienetz , Internet portal for German research (both links open the home page. (For the English-language home page, use genealogy) This Web site includes a Wiki, digital library of genealogical resources, several databases, and close to 300 online town genealogies.
  • adressbuch - Berlin address book from 1799-1943 available with images.
  • kartenmeister.com - Tools for genealogy east of the Oder-Neisse river

Italy

  • Lancione-laura - Italian genealogy links, surname boards and more.
  • Sersale.org (transcribed vital records of Italian towns - This list is specifically composed of websites or email addresses that represent the transcription of hundreds or thousands of records; birth records, marriage records, death and baptisms all over Italy. Occasionally, digital images are provided. A great website!)
  • Italia.indettaglio (Italian surname search engine. For each province all of the towns will be listed where the surname occurs, ordered via a numerical value representing the estimate of the number of individuals having the requested surname.)
  •  Operaduomo (Scanned images of baptisms from Florence from 1482-1900 – just for fun)

Luxembourg

The Netherlands

Many other provincial or city archives have put indexes and records online. Check the Archiefnet.nl website for archive addresses of interest.

Spain

  • https://www.familysearch.org - Access images of Roman Catholic church records and municipal records (civil births, marriages, deaths) for several provinces

Switzerland

EASTERN EUROPE

Czech Republic

All church records are housed in the state archives. Check the gazetteer available on http://genteam.at/  (see: “Austria”) to learn which archive has the records for your town of interest. Several archives have been putting their church records on the Internet. The easiest way to access these collections is to go to the FamilySearch Wiki (just type in “wiki.familysearch.org” and it comes up); enter “Czech” in the search box and the click on the link to the Czech portal page. Links to online databases are listed under “research tools”.
Other helpful links include:

Hungary

Poland

Latvia

Lithuania

Estonia

Belarus, Russia, Ukraine

Romania

Serbia

Germans from Russia and Volhynia

SCANDINAVIA

Denmark

  • http://ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm - Danish Demographic Database. This website is used primarily for the census database. Genealogical information is being extracted from the Danish censuses. The information can be searched in English and for free.
  • http://www.arkivalieronline.dk/ - Danish Church Records on the Internet. At this site you can access digitized images of the parish books.
  • http://www.sa.dk - The National Archive homepage contains links to the regional archives around Denmark. The site also offers research tools such as gothic handwriting examples.
  • http://www.sognetraef.dk/index.asp?a=home - Sognetræf. At this site you can connect with other people who are researching in the same parish that your ancestors came from. It a great site to post queries.

Sweden

Two helpful Swedish web sites are Genline and SVAR . Both of these web sites have digitized images of the Swedish Lutheran Church Records online. Both are subscription Web sites, except for patrons at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where they are available at each computer station. 

Norway

Finland

Iceland

http://www.islendingabok.is/IServlets/index.jsp - Iceland genealogy site

HISPANIC GENEALOGY (see also SPAIN)

General

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Cuba

Mexico

PACIFIC ISLANDS

Samoa

Tonga

OTHER COUNTRIES AND ETHNIC GROUPS

Asia 

China

Japan

India

Indonesia

Caribbean

Jewish

South Africa

http://www.safamilytree.com/TNG/index_html.html - South African Family Tree- over 4,000 compiled families