Slovakia Archives and Libraries

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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations, such as churches or governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for Slovakia. When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section to obtain the address.

If you plan to visit one of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their hours, services, and fees. When writing to an archive in Slovakia, you may write in English.

In Slovakia there are several types of genealogical repositories:

  • National archives and libraries
  • Regional archives
  • Military archives
  • Church parish offices
  • University and public libraries
  • Historical and genealogical
  • Societies

Regional Archives

In Slovakia there are seven regional archives: Banská Bystrica, Bratislava, Bytča, Košice, Levoča, Nitra, and Prešov. The seven regional archives are the repositories for most pre-1900 parish books and, therefore, are the archives of primary importance to Slovak genealogical researchers. In addition to early parish books, the regional archives house an enormous amount of important material including early cadastral records, maps, architectural plans, historical documents, court records, administrative papers, etc. The archives maintain extensive catalogs of their holdings but, so far, these catalogs are not available online. The regional archives of Slovakia are open to the public.

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