Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Going To The Country



Here are a few odds and ends name lookups from a number of countries you don't often hear from in family history circles.  Enjoy!


INDIA

Search through more than 600,000 records in FIBIS, the Families in British India database.


HOLLAND/NETHERLANDS

Genlias, the Dutch Civil Register, lists more than 12 million vital records (birth, death, marriage) back to 1811.

Tresoar (Dutch for 'treasure'...I Google-translated it) allows extensive searching of family history and vital records in Friesland, courtesy of the Frisian Historical and Literary Centre.  Click on the UK flag for the English version of the site, and then click on Genealogy for links to family history searches both before and after the 1811 creation of a Civil Register.


POLAND

The Polish Order of the Virtuti Militari and its Cavaliers 1792-1992.  This military award, Poland's equivalent of the Medal of Honor, includes 26,500 records.  The site is free, but registration is required.


SOUTH AFRICA

Ancestry24 in South Africa  is the equivalent of Ancestry.com.  This is a fee-based service, but much of the preliminary information on name search results can be viewed for free.


GUAM

That's right...how often to you get to search through vital records from Guam.  Here you'll find thousands of  records published in local newspapers, the Guam Newsletter and the Guam Recorder.


LATVIA

Vital records from Latvia from the 1800's.


MIDDLE EAST

Not quite name lookups, but some interesting materials on Arab family history in the Middle East.



Visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.

And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com. These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.

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