Slovak Genealogical Word List

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Back to Slovakia Portal Page► This list contains Slovak words with their English translations. The words included here are those that you are likely to find in genealogical sources. If the word (or some form of it) that you are looking for is not on this list, please consult a Slovak-English dictionary. (See the "Additional Resources" section.)

Slovak is a member of the West Slavic sub-group of the Slavic languages of the Indo-European language family. It is related to Czech and Polish. It is used in the genealogical sources throughout the Slovak Republic. Slovak is the language of the Slovak Republic, and was the official language in the Slovak lands in the former Czechoslovakia. In addition, the Slovak language may be found in the records of Slovak communities in the United States and Canada or other areas settled by Slovaks.

Before 1918 the Slovak lands were part of the Kingdom of Hungary which, together with Austria, constituted the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Records written before 1918 may be in Hungarian, Latin, German, or Slovak. Slovak records often contain Hungarian, Latin, or German words. See the Hungarian Genealogical Word List (36335), the Latin Genealogical Word List (34077) and German Genealogical Word List (34067).