Milan Pohontsch is a full-time professional genealogist. As a native of Germany, he has excellent language and communication skills for conducting research in that part of Europe. While a young man, he discovered and fell in love with what is now his vocation — genealogy. Later he became head of a genealogical research center in Germany. He also served as an expert for the International Reference Counter in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and has cataloged microfilms in the LDS Church Office Building.
Milan teaches old German handwriting to all who wish to learn it. He has written genealogical articles in three languages, teaches regularly at genealogical conferences, and co-authored a town lineage book for the area of Lusatia, Germany. While his specialty is German research, he is also an expert in some East European countries. Milan makes regular research trips to German and some East European archives. He is also fluent in some East European languages (and has at least a basic understanding of a few additional languages) and is able to translate documents from several languages as well as Latin.
Areas of Expertise
Milan is an expert in genealogical research in the following countries:
- Russia (German settlements)
Further expertise in:
- Wendish settlements in Germany
- Austro-Hungarian empire military research