Learn how to discover your roots in Bulgaria and Romania.
When it comes to buried treasure, the southeastern European countries of Bulgaria and Romania seem to have it in abundance. Bulgaria’s plentiful Thracian artifacts include tombs filled with gold dating back as far as 4,000 BC—described as an “El Dorado” by National Geographic in 2006. Neighboring Romania’s history sparkles with enchanting castles, palaces and vampire legends, as well as one of the earliest human fossils, found in its anthropologically famous Pestera cu Oase (“Cave With Bones”).
Perhaps your genealogical quest to trace your Bulgarian or Romanian ancestors feels like an archeological dig through those hidden treasures of their homeland: You find yourself sifting through layers of family lore, bits and pieces of information, mystery photographs and cryptic ephemera. How do you unearth the buried treasures of your family tree? Channel your inner Indiana Jones and follow this guide.