European research is varied and exciting. Like American Research, you can find that your ancestors started out in one state and then moved to another. Or even without moving, the national names will change through the historical events of the day. Because of this, genealogical research is very tied to a good understanding of the history and record-keeping and records sources of the era that you are searching for your ancestors.

In addition to having a broad knowledge about the intricacies of research in governmental, church, court, land and probate, military, heraldry, fraternities, societies, associations, and business and banking records, research in Europe involved a strong background in foreign language and paleography, which is the study of old handwriting. European research is not for the novice.

To properly document and authenticate your ancestry, professional genealogy research services are available. Located in the Genealogy Capital of the World, Salt Lake City, UT, Heirlines Professional Genealogy ( www.heirlines.com )can help you find your ancestors wherever they were from in Europe. We know and understand how to access the records to climb your family tree professionally and find the records that still exist pertaining your European heritage. Records of each country are available on microfilm at the Family History Library, whether it be Greece, France, Spain, Switzerland, Lichtenstein or Belgium. The library has a rich collection of important European records from over 250 countries and Heirlines can provide qualified research in all of these records, no matter the language or age of handwriting. Records that aren’t available to us here in Salt Lake City, can be obtained through on-site research trips that we take or through the field services provided by qualified professionals that meet our professional genealogy research standards and quality review throughout Europe. Foreign research and records access is very time consuming so we suggest using the more affordable European resources that Heirlines can easily access here in Salt Lake.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, B.A. (History), B.A. (Genealogy)
Vice President, Heirlines Family History and Genealogy, Inc.
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