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Researching the Records of Displaced Persons (DP) in the Arolsen Archives

It is an understatement that the Second World War had an enormously devastating impact on the civilian population of Europe.  The impact, in human death toll alone, of the sheer and utter brutalities committed through Holocaust and other Nazi persecutions and war crimes, climbs beyond ten million people. Further, between 11 and 20 million peopleContinue reading “Researching the Records of Displaced Persons (DP) in the Arolsen Archives”

Matricula

Are you researching Catholic ancestors in Germany or Austria? Matricula is one of the most indispensable tools in a researcher’s arsenal. This online portal contains a vast holding of digital fonds of Catholic church books across Germany and Austria, with free access to high resolution scans. Most of these originals are held in various ArchdiocesianContinue reading “Matricula”

A Few Thoughts on Borders

Good afternoon! Sometimes, we tend to classify genealogical research strictly by country. “Dutch Research.” “German Research.” “Swiss Research.” The reality, in the modern era and certainly in our ancestor’s past, can be far more nuanced. Our ancestors often had close cultural connections to their neighbors, in many cases, “borders” were not as hard as theyContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on Borders”