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Where does my family come from? A research guide

Where does my family come from? Who were my great-grandparents? Where did they live, and what did they experience? The Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung (Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation) seeks to offer assistance in answering these questions by publishing this guide for family research. This manual provides an overview of a sensible approach and identifies central contacts and institutions. It focuses on researching the histories of families from the former eastern provinces of Prussia and the former German settlement areas in Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe.

This guide consists of three parts. The first part provides information on how to conduct systematic research. We provide a step-by-step explanation of how to proceed, advice on which aids to use, and most importantly tips on where research should be conducted. The second part provides useful information about genealogical research, for example on waiting periods for documents related to individual persons, or the proper archiving of historical documents. The third part functions like an address book, presenting essential archives, institutions and points of contact, along with contact information and literature tips.

The “living document” will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have information about new publications, additional research possibilities, or other tips regarding genealogical research, we would be happy to hear from you.

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