Dr. Roger Minert has been training a new generation of professional genealogists. I have heard three of them within the last year and am very impressed with their professionalism, knowledge base, and especially the fact that all of their handouts start out with websites as their Tier I research strategy.
Careen Barrett-Valentine, AG, presented a two hour session on the German Research Strategies and Sources for Eastern Provinces and kindly gave me permission to share her East Prussia websites with my readers in a slightly changed format. Many of you are already familiar with these, but I felt you might find them valuable. I have had experience with some of them. If readers contact me through the comment section of this blog, I could collect information on how these sites have helped you and share them in future posts.
• www.ostpreussen.net/ostpreussen/orte.php Ostpreussen.net “Places” (Click on map to interact)
• http://www.ahnen-gesucht.de/ostpreussen “On the Trail of your Ancestors”
o Left of page
→”Landkreise und Kirchspiele”
→Hover over a number to see Kreis name
→Click number to see parish map of Kreis
→Hover over parish to see alternate names and year of founding
• http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Ostpreußen/Kirchenbücher East Prussia Sources o You can find this by googling “ostpreussen kirchenbucher genealogy.net”
o Select a Kreis from alphabetical list left of map
→click on Kreis name
→For that Kreis, click on “Kirchenbuchbestände”
→select parish from alphabetical list left of map
→click on parish name
• www.epaveldas.lt Lithuanian repository of digital information
o If there aren’t any surviving vital records for a town that is now in Lithuania, type in the name of the town on this website and go through everything you find. This stone is often left unturned.