Locating International Sources

Beginning research outside of the United States can be a daunting task, especially if you are not familiar with the record sets that are native to the country you need to research. One way to become familiar to a new area is to see if there is a research guide available for that geographic area. The Research Helps section of the FamilySearch.org site (www.familysearch.org/Eng/ Search/Rg/frameset_rhelps.asp) contains maps, reference documents, research outlines, and research guides for some international locations. For example, if you are beginning to research your Finnish ancestors, you can find a research outline (see Figure 6-1) that contains information on the following items:

1 Finnish language 1 Maps of counties in 1939 and 1960 i Libraries and archives i Censuses i Church records i Civil registrations 1 Court records i Emigration and Immigration i Gazetteers i History i Military records i Probate records i Taxation

Figure 6-1:

A research outline for Finland at the Family Search site.

Figure 6-1:

A research outline for Finland at the Family Search site.

Another place to look for help in getting started is the International Internet Genealogical Society site at www.iigs.org/index.htm.en. Although the site is currently limited in the areas that it covers, you can find Global Village Representatives that can help you with specific countries. There is also a list of current projects by group members and some online courses that provide an introduction to genealogy in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, and South Africa.

Speaking of projects, the WorldGenWeb Project (www.worldgenweb.org) contains links to Web sites for 254 countries and areas in the world. To find a specific country, follow these steps:

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