Michelle L. Chubenko

(Re)Building Your Eastern European Ancestral Village

This lecture will help attendees to learn to use published materials to build the historical image of their ancestral village through the identification of available historical resources including 19th century gazetteers and cadastral maps. Participants will also learn how to effectively use schematisms to learn more about the churches in the local deanery and use Jewish Community Regulations to establish synagogue jurisdictions. Also, an introduction to the large variety of 19th and 20th century city, business and governmental directories will be given to show participants how to gather statistical data for ancestral towns in place of non-extant census records.

The lecture will include examples for locations across Eastern Europe which will demonstrate how to use the statistical data and incorporate visual details as well along with a detailed bibliography which will provide resources for Prussia, Austria-Hungary and Imperial Russia.