Back to Baltics: Resources
Books, geography helps and archives for tracing your roots in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • Estonia and the Estonians, 2nd edition, by Toivo U. Raun (Hoover Institution Press)
  • Estonian Experience and Roots by Sigrid Renate Maldonado (As Was Publishing)
  • The Estonians in America, 1627-1975: A Chronology and Fact Book by Jaan Pennar (Oceana Publications)
  • Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman (Avotaynu)
  • A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Latvia and Estonia by Arlene Beare (Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain) 
  • In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin and Russian Documents by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman (Language and Lineage Press)
  • The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945 by Masha Greenbaum (Gefen Books)
  • The Latvians: A Short History by Andrejs Plakans (Hoover Institution Press)
  • The Latvians in America, 1640-1973: A Chronology and Fact Book edited by Maruta Karklis, Liga Streips and Laimonis Streips (Oceana Publications)
  • Lithuania: Past, Culture, Present edited by Saulius Zukas (Baltos Lankos)
  • The Lithuanian Pioneers: A Study of Lithuanian Immigration to the United States Before World War I by Jessie Ecker Daraska (J.R. Daraska)
Geography Helps
Look for these gazetteers at a genealogical library:
  • Baltische Postorte 1858-1916 by Harry von Hofmann (self-published)
  • Baltisches Historisches Ortslexikon by Hans Feldmann (Böhlau)
  • Deutsch-Fremdsprachiges (Fremdsprachig-Deutsches) Ortsnamenverzeichnis by Otto Kredel (Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft)
  • Euro-Reiseatlas Baltische Staaten: Estland, Lettland, Litauen (RV Verlag)
  • Gazetteer of Lithuania: Names Approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names (Defense Mapping Agency)
  • Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego (Polish Genealogical Society of America)
  • Spisok Naselennykh Mest Estliandskoi Gubernii (Revel)

From the November 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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