Slovakia Beginners Corner Finding Your Ancestor in the Records

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'''Find your ancestor in the records'''  
 
'''Find your ancestor in the records'''  
  
The best sources of genealogical information in the Slovakia are the church records kept by the local parishes. The Family History Library has microfilms of vital records from only a few German-speaking communities and a limited number of published census returns. Use the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] to determine what records are available for the locality.  
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The best sources of genealogical information in Slovakia are the church records kept by the local parishes. The Family History Library has microfilmed records from all regional archives in Slovakia. Use the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] to determine what records are available for the locality.
  
Most of the Czech vital records were digitized and made available on the Internet. To find out which archive holds the records that you need click [http://www.genteam.at/ here]. You may use this gazetteer for free however you will have to register first. Please be sure to spell the locality name correctly. When you know the respective archive, locate [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Czech_Republic#Online_Databases Online Databases] section on the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Czech_Republic Czech Republic home page] in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.  
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Some of the Slovak vital records are now available on the Internet.  
  
 
'''Research by mail'''  
 
'''Research by mail'''  
  
If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be available through the individual Czech regional archives. Please refer to the [[Czech Republic Letter Writing Guide|Letter Writing Guide]] for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.
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If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be available through the individual Slovak regional archives. Please refer to the [[Slovakia Letter Writing Guide|Letter Writing Guide]] for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.  
 
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Once you have determined the location of the church or synagogue, use the [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] to get the film numbers of the available records. You can then order the appropriate films. Use [[Slovakia Gazetteers|gazetteer]] to locate the place your ancestor came from and to determine the location of the parish or synagogue where records were kept.  
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Revision as of 20:07, 26 September 2011

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Before finding your ancestor in the records, you will need to know:

  • The actual name of an ancestor
  • The date of birth, marriage, and death (can be estimated)
  • The place of origin
  • The religion of an ancestor

Click here if you are missing any of the above listed information.

Find your ancestor in the records

The best sources of genealogical information in Slovakia are the church records kept by the local parishes. The Family History Library has microfilmed records from all regional archives in Slovakia. Use the Family History Library Catalog to determine what records are available for the locality.

Some of the Slovak vital records are now available on the Internet.

Research by mail

If the records you want are not available through the Family History Library or online they may be available through the individual Slovak regional archives. Please refer to the Letter Writing Guide for detailed information. Remember to enclose photocopies of any old documents or mementos that you may have.