Stake out your forebears from Albania to Zagreb with our guide to tracing Eastern European roots.
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Where do you get the records you need to trace your family in the old country?
Duncan Gardiner, a professional genealogist who specializes in Czech, Slovak, German and Carpatho-Rusyn research, says a big mistake Eastern European genealogists make is assuming the records no longer exist. "In my experience, very few have been destroyed," he explains. "Always have [finding records] as a goal."