Welcome to the 13th Edition, Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy! I’m delighted that Jessica allowed me to be a guest host for this edition.

In honor of Thanksgiving, the topic for this edition is: “What resources are you thankful for in your Central/Eastern European genealogical research?” A resource could be a web site, book, family member… anything or anyone that has helped you with your research.

So after you have your Thanksgiving dinner, I hope you will gather around our virtual table and enjoy this “feast” of genealogical resources!


For our first course, Jessica Oswalt, shares A Couple Of Resources I’m Thankful For, posted at Jessica’s Genejournal. Jessica is thankful for a family tree she found of her German Cotta ancestors, which leads to her maternal great-grandmother. She is also thankful for a kindly German woman who has been helping her with another German line. But most of all, Jessica is thankful for her living family members who can still offer insight into her German ancestors from Russia.

Next up, Stephen Danko presents Genealogical Resources for Which I Am Thankful, posted at Steve’s Genealogy Blog. Steve has made great strides in researching his immigrant ancestors over the past decade, largely due to the resources of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Family History Library, and some special publications. Steve will be flying to Salt Lake City tonight after Thanksgiving dinner, and I’m sure we all wish him a safe and productive trip.

Al Wierz presents More Genealogy Books, posted at Al’s Polish-American Genealogy Research. Al reviews four new-to-him books: “One is a translation guide, another is a Polish-English-Polish dictionary, and two of them deal with Kashubian-North American history and research.” Be sure to check out the comments section of Al’s post, where a reader shares another valuable resource.

Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents I’m Thankful for These Genealogy Resources, posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Miriam highlights “four assets that have enriched my research life and brought me unexpected resources and treasures.” I loved Miriam’s description of the people at her local genealogical society. These folks are often taken for granted, and should definitely not be overlooked.

Sheri Fenley shares The Genealogical Source That I Am Most Grateful For, posted at The Educated Genealogist. Sheri is thankful for the “groovy” community of genea-bloggers who have helped her move ahead with her career plan and life. Sheri, let me be the first to say that your blog articles are never “crappy or boring,” and we’re so glad that you decided to join the little band of genea-bloggers this year!

Randy Seaver presents I’m thankful for my ancestors, and repositories, and the internet, and…, posted at Genea-Musings. In a clever carnival/meme two-fer, Randy shares his “seven cents” worth of resources for which he is thankful. Randy, I sure wish my packrat ancestors had left me some of genealogical treasures like yours did!

Susan Kitchens shares a fascinating book review, Towers of Gold: History of the man indistinguishable from history of the State of California, posted at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools [News]. In Susan’s words, this post is a “book review of a biography about a central-european Jewish immigrant to Los Angeles. It’s something that Jewish genealogists and California history enthusiasts should be thankful for. Um. I mean, be thankful about the BOOK, not the review. The book’s author is the man’s great great granddaughter. For this Californian shiksa, I found the book fascinating.” I found Susan’s review fascinating, and you will too!

David presents Carnival: What Resources am I thankful for, posted at Family History Tracing. David reminds us of the value of good, old-fashioned courthouse research: his parents recently hit a genealogical jackpot at the Scranton, PA, courthouse, helping David to finally knock down a few brick walls in his research.

Charles Hansen shares Resources I am Thankful for, posted at the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog. Charles is thankful for the Washington State Digital Archives, which have updated and preserved some “old DOS databases” indexed by the EWGS. Members of the EWGS are asked to share what they are thankful for in the comments section of Charles’ post.

For our final course, Elizabeth O’Neal (me!), shares Thankful for the Memories, posted right here at Little Bytes of Life. I know very little about research in Slovakia, but I’m thankful that my mother-in-law is willing to share what she remembers.

And that concludes this Thanksgiving edition of the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. I can’t wait to try out some of the tasty morsels recommended by the terrific bloggers who contributed to this edition. Thank you to all of you for your participation!


Now it’s time for the Call for Submissions!

The 14th Edition, Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy will be hosted by Jessica at Jessica’s Genejournal. The topic will be Christmas Traditions of Central and Eastern Europe. Participants do not have to have Central or Eastern European ancestry to participate. Submissions are due on December 21st, and the Carnival will be posted on December 23rd.

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