Tracing your European Roots: New Internet Gateway for Documents and Archives in Europe

Tracing your European Roots: New Internet Gateway for Documents and Archives in Europe

This blog post was written in Spanish by our colleague, Ania. Para leer este artículo en Español, presione aquí.

For those of you looking for archives and documents relating to your European ancestors or parents APEnet (Archives Portal Europe) may be of great help to you.

The goal of the APEnet project is to build an Internet Gateway for Documents and Archives in Europe of fourteen European National Archives, and in cooperation with EUROPEANA, to create a common space for European archives and digital collections.

The project has been commissioned by the European Commission and is being led by the Cultural Ministry of Spain. Twelve states of the European Union have formed this great initiative, including Finland, France, Germany, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Lithuania, Greece, and Estonia.

The APEnet project seeks to facilitate the discovery of citizens, public administrations, and European companies.  The site is multilingual and available in all of the official languages of the European Union.

APEnet currently has fourteen European national archives and provides unified access to archival resources among EU countries. Information available ranges from actual archives, documents describing archives, to scanned versions of original documents.

This is exciting news for those researching their European roots. Click here to visit the site.


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  • Racheli

    March 12, 2011

    any 1 knows any thing about klein (karpati) from budapest hunhery please contact me
    thank you

  • Kathy

    March 13, 2011

    I wish there was a place I could put family stories/information/history within my website.

  • Linda

    March 14, 2011

    I agree with Kathy about a place to put storied etc.

  • mark

    May 14, 2011

    I am searching for my roots. I belive my grand parents were born out of India. They settled in Pondycheery India during and before freedom of India. The names of my grand father is Eugene Wemyss and his wife’s name was Emma Granger. I you kind hearted people out there please help me find my roots. My name is Mark Peters and my father’s name was George morris Peters. His father name was Edmond Peters was said to be
    from Adden in Yemen. please contact me on yahoomail

  • Marie

    June 8, 2011

    I am researching a Maltese family scattered around
    many countries. The surnames
    Borg – Bonello – Montebello – Savona
    If you have any info I’d love to hear from you & I will share whatever info interests you.

  • mark peters

    December 3, 2011

    I am searching for family roots the names of my grand parents are Emma Wemyss and her husband’s name is Ugene Wemyss they lived in India Pondycherry French Colony in the 1920. If there is any one left please contact me on my Email Id;