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FEEFHS Founder - Charles Hall

Charles M. Hall - FEEFHS founder 1930-2010

Charles M. Hall, 1930-2010, was the founding president of two societies: in 1975, Palatines to America and in 1992, the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS). He was a professional genealogist for 20 years and compiled the 10-volume series of atlases, The Atlantic Bridge to Germany.

He gained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French and German from Brigham Young University, and later learned Russian, Esperanto, and some Dutch, Spanish and Turkish. He was a foreign language teacher for 12 years and was a professional translator for French, German, Russian, Norwegian, Esperanto and Latin.

As a professional genealogist, Charles specialized in Germanic research at the FamilySearch Library, and elsewhere in America and Europe. At various conferences, he spoke on topics relating to German-speaking ancestors. Charles also spoke on resources for all of East Europe and introductory level research for Poland, Hungary and the former Soviet states.

Charles was born in Mountain View, Wyoming in 1930, and married Frankie Jane Taylor, of Richland, Washington, in 1957 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Charles died in Holladay, Utah, on March 15, 2010. He was survived by his wife Frankie, six children, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Charles Hall obituary