3 Resources for Researching in Another Country

methods & strategies references & resources tools & technology May 19, 2021

Wanna know my secret for researching in other countries?

It's all about studying the location!

This of course applies to ANY location, not just other countries.

But how do you go about studying a location? Well, there are plenty of resources out there that can help with that! These three resources are my go-tos when I need to get started with researching in a new-to-me country (or a new town/state/region of a country).

1. FamilySearch Wiki

The FamilySearch Wiki has oodles of information on tons of locations around the world. In fact, when you visit the home page of the wiki, you're immediately presented with a world map to get started. Whether you're looking for reference materials or how-to guides for a particular location, or information on the records themselves, this should be #1 on your list.

2. WorldGenWeb

WorldGenWeb is a volunteer-based project that aims to assist genealogists by providing information about locations around the world. Because it's run by volunteers, some links to references or records may be out of date but the information here is still valuable and sometimes isn't found or mentioned elsewhere.

3. Cyndi's List

Cyndi's List is a great place to look for information for all things genealogy. It's organized into categories, which includes locations. When you drill down, you'll find everything from how-to references to online records.


If you'd like to see these three resources in action, you can check out my video in one of two places:

  • Facebook: I originally presented this live on my Facebook page. You can watch the whole video or simply jump to the demo which starts at 3:51. You do have to be logged into Facebook to view this.
  • Instagram: The demo is available via IGTV on Instagram. You do NOT need an account to view the video.

Use the resources in this post and start exploring a new-to-you location!

© Julie Tarr. This article was first published at Genealogy In Action; appearance of this article elsewhere, without my permission, violates copyright.