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37002RE: Slovak Research

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  • ktlrchk
    Oct 5, 2013
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      To expand a bit more on Margo' and Larry's messages, the Patent of Toleration was issued by Austria in 1781.  This provided religous freedom to non-Roman Catholic faiths in the empire.  Consequently, there was an explosion of churches built for various faiths in the 1780s.  These new churches began keeping their own records which had previously been kept in many cases by the Catholic church for the other faiths.


      ---In slovak-roots@yahoogroups.com, <margolane61@...> wrote:

      Dave, please let me expand on Larry's comments.

      Religious faiths in addition to Roman Catholic also kept records:  Lutheran (AC), Jewish, Greek Catholic, etc.

      By law, the nobility was exempted from taxes.  It was the serfs (colonus, inquilinus) and freed (libertinus) who paid taxes and are listed on the tax rolls of 1828, the 1770s, 1720 and 1715 which are readily available via LDS (1715 and 1720 also online).  The tax rolls list who (heads of household) was where -- it does not specify relationships between people.  The 1869 census is not available for all counties.


      From: "lkocik@..." <lkocik@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:19 AM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Slovak Research

       have you ever used LDS [familysearch] to find church records?
       That's where I got all the ones in my trees....and for pre 1895 records it's what the professional researches use.
       Before 1895 the catholic churches were the only ones keeping track of birth/baptism, marriage, and death records except for a period during the 1840s and 1850s. Some local municipalities might have kept track but the royal families of the Kingdom of Hungary did not.
        in 1895 the Hungarian government made the churches turn over their records, which they did but made copies to keep for themselves. So after 1895 the church and the government kept records.
       The Hungarians weren't concerned about the sacraments people received [baptism, marriage, last rites, etc.], that was basically church business.
       The Hungarians did take census', but that was for tax purposes. those census records aren't much use to genealogists because they only noted property owners or people of wealth [for taxes]. the majority of Slovaks were peasant class and had nothing to tax, so they weren't noted. the one exception was the 1869 census. That was just after the 1867 war between Austria and Hungary that led to the combined Empire [Austro-Hungarian] The Austrians won that war and kept better records than the previous Kingdom of Hungry.  Anywho; that 1869 census list everyone in the empire and is very complete even describing the house, outbuildings and listing all livestock. The 1869 census is also available at LDS and is excellent for confirming data in the church records
       As for supporting documentation the church records actually verify themselves in a few different ways. You can match people to a certain family by using and cross confirming birth, marriage and death.
        What I use in birth records is house numbers, and god parents and family "do" names.
      You can find those house numbers and do names in a lot of marriage and death records too.
       With god parents usually all siblings will have the same ones. Usually the godfather will be a witness at the god child's wedding.
        So once you start amassing the records you will see how these things match up to confirm what family a person belongs to.
       I mentioned I "batch" records when I research, so I end up with all the people of a certain  family name. going by date and using what I mentioned above and sometimes a little logic families start coming together
       of course there are always glitches and errors in the records but overall it's like putting together a jig saw puzzle. By batching you have all the pieces and the more you match up, the smaller the pile gets and like a puzzle it gets easier.
        I have a tendency to digress so I'll spare you any more babbling Dave.
         Do you have your tree online? If so could I view it?

      From: "David Burnisky" <burniskyd@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, October 4, 2013 5:35:52 PM
      Subject: [S-R] Slovak Research

      I hired a gentleman in Slovakia to do research for me.  He came back with
      only church records.  Here in the US we normally seek additional supporting
      evidence to be certain we have selected the correct relationships.  In
      Slovakia what other records or "proof" might be available to be certain you
      have matched the correct people?

      Thank you,

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