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  • jallen50
    Jun 6, 2000
      Thanks, Andrea! I can use any help I can get! I've learned a lot from
      Slovak-Roots. I'm so glad one of your other members told me about all of
      you! I really was afraid when I started tracing my family that I would not
      be able to get anywhere...the language barrier for one thing! You've helped
      me to see it is quite possible that I will be able to get info from
      Slovakia, but that I may actually be able to find family that was left

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Andrea Vangor [mailto:drav@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 7:40 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com
      Subject: Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Introduction

      No, they are scattered here and there. A lot of us print them out and shlep
      them around with us. I printed three different Hungarian genealogical word
      lists and still use an on-line dictionary to figure things out.

      If others can't jump in, post me privately and I will look around for some
      materials for you -- but not today because I am working against a deadline!

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: jallen50 <JALLEN50@...>
      To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 4:36 PM
      Subject: RE: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Introduction

      Andrea: Is there a master of any of these "vocabulary sheets" anywhere on
      the web? My grandmother was determined to learn and improve her
      English...and only taught me very few Slovak words... I regret now that we
      didn't do more of a trade...an English lesson for a Slovak lesson!

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Andrea Vangor [mailto:drav@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 6:00 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com
      Subject: Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Introduction

      In a nutshell, the Byzantine (so called in the U.S.) or Greek (so called in
      Slovakia) Catholics were formerly part of the Orthodox faith, separated from
      Rome. They reunited with Rome several hundred years ago. When you search
      old church records, therefore, you will be looking in Greek Catholic parish
      records. I, on the other hand, have primarily Lutheran Slovak ancestors,
      and have been searching in Lutheran church records. The next step is to see
      if you can do this the "easy way" first. Go to www.familysearch.org -- the
      web site for the Family History Library run by the LDS. If you enter your
      people's home towns in the appropriate box, it should pull up the films
      available for them. If not, we have to go to step two. That involves (1)
      figuring out what the Hungarian names for these places were, prior to 1920;
      and (2) finding where the Greek Catholic records for that town or village
      are to be found. There is a special microfiche with this information that
      is usually available at your local Family History Center.

      For example, my people came from C~akanovce, but the Lutheran church records
      for that village are located in the nearby village of Rankovce, presumably
      where the Lutheran church was. I discovered this from an old family
      document. You might look through your material to see if there is a stamp
      or official seal of some kind with the name of a town on it, or anything
      else that tells where the actual church office was.

      The end result of all this effort is that, for $3.75, you can send away for
      a microfilm of those church records that will contain all the baptisms,
      marriages, and deaths -- confirmations too for Catholics. Sometimes you
      need more than one film. I found a ton of relatives going back to 1755, in
      about four microfilms. The films usually end around 1895 because the Slovak
      government did not allow the LDS to photocopy past that point, which was a
      hundred years ago at the time, for privacy reasons. The films contain
      information written by the parish priest or minister. These are photocopies
      of the actual books in which the priest or minister recorded the baptisms,
      marriages, etc. on a daily basis. Up to 1840 or so they are written in
      Latin, usually, and after 1840 in Hungarian, the official language at that
      time. Some of my data was written in Slovak dialect and some in Czech
      because that is what the minister used. When you get your film in, you will
      need some vocabulary sheets to help you translate the entries.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Brecosky <brecosky@...>
      To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 2:45 PM
      Subject: Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Introduction

      > Andrea:
      > We are Byzantine Catholic. Or at least the generations that were/are here
      > were Byzantine. My mother tells me that a lot of the Greek Catholics and
      > Byzantine became members of Roman Catholic churches here in the states
      > because there weren't many Byzantine around. I'm still not sure of the
      > different between Byzantine/Greek/Orthodox.
      > I know nothing about getting the information through LDS. Last night was
      > the first time I started looking on the web for information. My husband
      > bought me a belated Mother's Day gift of the software Generations
      > I put in my information (what little I have) into it yesterday, and then
      > started looking around. I saw some links to LDS, but haven't gotten that
      > far yet. Any information or help you can provide would be greatly
      > appreciated.
      > Anita B. (who has a sister named Andrea!)
      > > Welcome, Anita. You have a lot going for you, including a mother who
      > speaks
      > > Slovak! Do you know anything about getting church records through the
      > > Family History Libraries run by the LDS church? We'd be happy to
      > > the process. First, you need to determine what religion your people
      > >
      > > Andrea
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