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My soon to be wife is Romanian, I would like to add her family to my tree so that any future children will have a more complete tree rather than just Dad's side.

My issue is that her mother is the last of her family and she doesn't really know much about them anyway. There seems to be little on-line documentation other than WW2 Jewish census records. Do much in the way of records exist in this area after communism?

Has anyone else tracked and family in the Romanian/Hungarian area or any other former eastern block countries & how did you do this?

I would really appreciate any suggestions on where to start.

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It would be helpful to know a little more about where her family comes from. What do you know already? – ColeValleyGirl Nov 24 '12 at 16:12
She was born in Bucharest. Her paternal grandfather was from a countryside community somewhere (I'll check with her later). Her maternal grandparents both died before she was born but apparently were relocated when the boarders of the country changed. – AvieRose Nov 24 '12 at 16:16
Do you have a timeframe? And place names for her grandparents? – ColeValleyGirl Nov 24 '12 at 16:19
I do have it written down somewhere upstairs, but I fell over yesterday and sprained my ankle, so I will put that info up later on tonight. – AvieRose Nov 24 '12 at 16:21
You said the grandparents were relocated when the borders of the country changed - really need the timeframe here. Probably means Moldavia or Transylvania, but other regions also possible. Ethnicity and religious affiliation will also be key to finding more. – bgwiehle Nov 24 '12 at 20:47

These might prove a starting point, but we can give you better answers if you can be more specific about time and place:

FamilySearch -- Hungary

Cyndi's List -- search for Hungary or Romania

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Some other places to look might be the pando (one big tree) at which includes a pando of places as well as people. For example for Hungary yeilds this. It is a pando of sources as well so you might search in those. Its use of categories and templates might also turn up something of interest (eg Jewish).

Another site you might want to look at is It is an Israeli company with a quite extensive worldwide membership.

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