23118Re: [S-R] New to the group; I'm looking for the family of my grandmother's brother
- Aug 7, 2009Kristina,
The best thing to do if you have not used the 1995 Slovak Database before is to go to our moderator's website - http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/
At the top are link boxes. Click on Toolbox. When that window opens at the top right is a box titled Places. Within that box is Slovakia Surnames & Settlement search (instructions). Click on (instructions). This will give you some good information on using the census database.
You are going to find that all the information presented is in Slovak. When you enter a search for the name of a village you will get it or if there is none with that spelling some alternatives will be offered. When the village window opens there is going to be a list of surnames found in the village and the number of people with that name. If you are not aware of it, surnames come in male and female forms. For women "ova" is usually added to the male surname. This is important to know because when you do a surname search it is only going to give you the form you entered. So you will have to enter the female form in order to see the results for it.
Surnames can get very complicated. The Slovak language has dialect marks that are used. I have found that because of them a surname can have several spellings. I have found up to six. We of course do not use those marks so we do not know if the surname we are searching has them or not. In Slovakia this can be important. I have found that sometime the way the name is spelled is associated with a particular village. Above the surname is a sentence with a couple of numbers. The first number is how many people with that name were found by the 1995 census. The second number is the number of locations that name was found. Then below the surname is a list of locations and the "okr." / district it is located. If you click on the name of the village it will take you to the page with its list of surnames.
From: Kristina Stearley
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] New to the group; I'm looking for the family of my grandmother's brother
Please pardon my intrusion, but how do you go about searching the 1995
Slovakia Census? I have only been on this group a short time and am not
aware of this resource.
Michael Mojher wrote:
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> I searched the Slovakia 1995 Census for your relatives.
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