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The Daily Genealogist: Readers Respond on Yugoslavian Research

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Managing Editor

Last week's Ask a Genealogist column on researching Yugoslavian ancestors by Libby Feil prompted a number of responses from Weekly Genealogist readers. Here is a sample:

Kathleen Poznick of Weatherford, Texas: The recent article about immigrant relations from Yugoslavia brought to mind my trouble in locating my husband's father and grandparents in the census. They also were from Yugoslavia and, after meeting in upstate New York, moved to Michigan. Try as I might I could not locate my father-in-law in the 1920 census in Detroit, even though I knew he was born there just three years before. Luckily my husband actually remembered their address (they lived there for 40+ years) so I searched that way. We found them! First names and ages matched but the last name was completely off. We were searching "POZNICK" and I had tried various ways of spelling but it was under "POHEZK," not even close to what we had been searching. Area researchers might want to note that a large community of Yugoslavians who settled in Cleveland, Ohio, had their own newspaper. The person searching could also try the Yugoslavia message board on Rootsweb or one of the Rootsweb groups focusing on the successor states created after the breakup of Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Elizabeth Dutton of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania: Here are my suggestions for the Eastern European research problem: Try to locate and contact the ethnic church(es) and cemeteries that served the area; search line by line through the 1920 census (if it's Detroit, maybe try the relevant and nearby wards); and, if a visit to the location is not possible, work through microfilmed indexes to vital records, probate, property, etc.

Greg Crane of Athens, Georgia: Perhaps the person who asked the question might be desperate enough to do what I was forced to do to find one of my wife's great-grandparents. It's very time consuming, but the success is so satisfying. I did a systematic search by first (given) name. With a name like George, and all the possible variants, it might be too difficult but it is worth considering.


Posted by Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek at 05/24/2013 09:48:50 AM | 


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