The 10 Most Useful Databases for Eastern European Research

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
May 15, 2019
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About this webinar

With more information available online, it is often possible to find key records for your Eastern European ancestors in free and subscription databases. Learn about the various record sets available, how to access them, and how to overcome privacy and language issues and other research roadblocks.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European research and nonfiction writing. She is the author of 11 books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    great sources given here, especially for those area not necessary a country

    A fine introduction to a new area of research in my family history

    Amazing number of online sites that I did not know about.. Lisa gave an excellent presentation.

    An amazing webinar with so many ideas of ways to search Eastern Europe!

    Appreciated all the links, descriptions, and tips!

    As always, Lisa gives much valuable information in a short period of time. Many thanks.

    As usual, Lisa presents tons of info in an easy way to follow!

    Bouquets of thanks, Lisa! What a confidence boost to cross the pond!!! 😀

    Can’t wait to explore all the new resources we learned about, as well as those I already knew.

    Clear, organized and comprehensive. Excellent. She missed one good website: – Foundation for East European Family History Studies. It has lots of old maps, among other things.


    Excellent always. Thank you.

    Excellent as always. Just what I need to start my husband’s side of the family tree. Thank you.

    Excellent comprehensive presentation!!!

    Excellent presentation — chock full of great information, new resources and tips. Lisa Alzo is one of the best webinar presenters…and I watch a lot of webinars! Thanks so much!

    Excellent presentation. Lots of good information and places to search.

    Excellent. Huge amount of very useful information provided in the time!

    Exceptional with loads of resources for most ethnic groups of Eastern Europe. This was my first webinar though I read Three Slovak Women.

    Extremely informative.

    Good information about sites I had not known about prior to this. Specific reasons for going to each website. Thank you!

    Good overview of various sites.

    Good slides. This will help me a lot. Thank you.



    Great as always

    Great info and presenter.

    Huge amount of information!

    I have enjoyed and appreciated every one of Lisa Alzo’s webinars that I have attended. Lisa has such a passion and is so knowledgeable in this area of genealogy research. I look forward to learning more and more from her in the future! Thank you for offering this webinar on Eastern European useful websites for genealogists!

    Incredibly useful information, well presented. Thanks.

    Interesting and informative, though not applicable to my ancestry. I was very impressed with the wealth of her knowledge.

    interesting and useful as usual, thank you!

    Lisa – excellent presentation! Wow! So much information to absorb and things to do. I have been apprehensive about taking my research into Eastern European genealogy, but after your presentation, you have inspired me to take the big leap! Thank you very much for sharing your extensive knowledge today

    Lisa Also gives excellent webinars!

    Lisa always does a great job, thanks

    Lisa always has the best information.

    Lisa always provides a ton of information as she is so knowledgeable about this topic. I have some good ideas now on next steps in my Slovak research!

    Lisa does such a great job of finding the most useful websites for Eastern European research. I’ll be using many of these to search for my Polish and Hungarian ancestors. Terrific Job, Lisa!

    Lisa is a great presenter. I am looking forward to research the databases mentioned today!

    Lisa is always good and has so many resources for Eastern Europe. Love her talks!

    Lisa is always great! Always learn a lot from her! Thanks 🙂

    Lisa is so thorough on a difficult area for many genealogists but provides us with hope!

    Lisa, is my favorite speaker. Mainly because we share the same interest, relatives in Eastern Europe.

    Lisa’s presentations are always very informative and interesting. Thank you! : )

    Lisa’s webinars are always great and I learn something.

    loads of info. will have to watch this again.

    Lots and lots of great resources. Thank you!

    lots of good things. My grandparents are from Galacia. Now I know where to search. Thanks Lisa

    Loved it! Just finished the BU Genealogy Certification and excited about doing more Eastern European research. Would like to specialize in the future. Lisa, I have Ruthenian on my maternal grandmother’s side.

    Makes me wIsh I had eastern European ancestors, great webinar!

    Not enough time!

    Opened new possibilities. Thank you very much

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Opened up many new doors for me even to rooms with more doors inside!!

    She is great and the Anchorage Genealogical Society is fortunate to have her Present our Seminar in 2020

    So much info! Grateful that someone has assembled so much info on how to do Eastern European research, as it’s very challenging (wars, languages, etc.). Thanks!

    So much information to take in. I will need to watch the recording of the video again. Thank you for taking the time to educate us all.


    Thank you Lisa and Geoff for a comprehensive and thorough discussion of the subject matter. Professional and helpful

    Thank you. Very interesting and will definitely help me with family history search in Eastern Europe – Austro-Hungarian Empire period, particularly the region of Galicia.

    Thanks for another fabulous, information-filled webinar, Lisa. Once again, you did not disappoint!

    These have been so good today. Thank you, Lisa! Awesome job!

    This was very helpful to me, since I do have Czech heritage. It also made me think about subscribing to your webinars to jumpstart my research.

    Tons of good information. Great handout. Love it.

    Unfortunately, I joined the webinar late, but the part I heard was chock-full of info. I hope I will be able to review all of it and take notes on some of the resources. It was fascinating but also overwhelming.

    Very clear and helpful and I found my great grandfather’s passage record!

    very comprehensive

    Very comprehensive – much appreciated!

    Very comprehensive guide to all sorts of useful resources for Eastern European genealogy

    Very good! Thank you!

    very helpful will need to review several times

    very informative

    Very Informative and most of all, I enjoyed her methodology for drilling down into the records but it can be done so many ways.

    Very good.

    Very informative!

    Very informative. I look forward to attending many of Lisa’s other webinars. She’s very concise and easy to understand.

    very informative. I will try out some of the sites she mentioned

    Very informative. I would like to request a webinar specifically for Lithuanian research.

    Very interesting.

    What an expert! Love Lisa’s tips


    wonderful instructor bring her back again!! very informative

    Wonderful that Lisa is willing and able to share this comprehensive information. Thanks for the detailed syllabus.

    Wow! Alot of GREAT information!

    WOW!! Lisa Alzo never disappoints.

    wow, wow, wow. My very first webinar – I am exceedingly impressed. Thank you so much! Lots of info to process. I have to figure out how to get the syllabus.

    Wow. So much work to do!

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    I just found my great grandfather’s passage record on MyHeritage during this class. THANK YOU! You pointed the way. I have been looking for YEARS! – Debra


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