Eastern Europe Family History & Genealogy Articles
- The Global Civil Registration Timeline Civil registration, or government-mandated recording of births, marriages, and deaths, began in France under the rule of Napoleon. This useful idea spread throughout the Western World during the century that followed. The timeline below identifies years when various countries began to register births. Click on hyperlinked text to view regional variations within individual countries.
- Keeping Pace with East European Genealogical Research DevelopmentsSince the fall of communism in the former Soviet Union in 1991, the world has gained greater access to Eastern European archives. This emerging historical field still poses serious research problems for genealogists seeking ancestors in this part of the world. Some countries forbid access to and duplication of their historical treasures.
- The Literal Descendants of AharonThree thousand years ago, descendants of Aharon HaKohen (Aaron) officiated in Israelite temple ceremonies. These priests, or in Hebrew Kohanim, held many significant responsibilities amongst the Hebrews. The Cohen family, today spread throughout the world, has maintained the tradition that they are literal descendants of this priestly family.