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Begin with what you know











Researching Romanian ancestors can be challenging, but it is not impossible. The most important thing to keep in mind is to begin with what you know, and work back in time. For instance, don’t rush to find a passenger list or a record from Romania until you have exhausted your search on this side of the ocean. If you follow this advice, your search will be made easier.

Conduct an exhaustive search in this country of family interviews; home documents; birth, death and marriage records; and census records (the most recent U.S. census year open to researchers is 1940.)

Locate your ancestor’s citizenship declaration and petition to find clues to the name of the ship and the date of arrival in North America.

Attend classes in your local area, join RGS to receive our newsletters, attend our meetings, and watch for more tools (such as videos and webinars) which are planned for this website.

Once you have pinpointed the village of origin, you may be ready to contact the Romanian National Archives (for church or synagogue records) or the city hall (civil records.) You will need to formulate a specific question (What exactly are you trying to find? A birthdate and names of parents, for example?) You may write in English or Romanian or both (recommended); requests are now being accepted by email. We have a handout on this topic, and if you would like a copy, please let us know.


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