RE: [S-R] Church Records Available
- Excellent first hand information Alan. Thanks!
From: Alan Antoska [mailto:aantoska@...]
Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 8:19 PM
Subject: RE: [S-R] Church Records Available
My 'druhopisy' experience may help others.
My ancestors Lutheran church in Liptov has a 'drohopisy'
It appears that when the government ordered a muster of the
pre 1895 registers, our farar, (either on his own
initiative or under instruction), laboriously hand copied
the registers that were required to be mustered.
This enabled him to comply with the muster order and to
have the convenience of the copied registers at hand. I
have viewed the films of the originals at the LDS and I
have viewed the druhopisy at the local church.
There are some differences. Firstly, the druhopisy may
contain errors caused in the process of data transfer. Secondly, the
druhopisy continued to be updated for deaths as time elapsed. ie The birth
and marriage registers had death dates added, by subsequent parish scribes,
as the events occurred. This was most useful. In addition, the local church
kept an alphabetical name index for each register, so one only had to lookup
a name in the index to be directed to the page of the entry. To my
knowledge, the indexs were not included in the muster order or if they were,
I have not seen one yet on an LDS film.
The LDS never went from church to church. The LDS only
filmed what was in the archives. Sometimes, a druhopisy,
found its way to the archive after the 1952 muster and
before the filming in the mid-late 1990's. Therefore, being
at hand, it was filmed.
Are there registers not in the archives?
Yes. There may still be druhopisy actively used in the
local churches and there may be original registers, which
for whatever reason, were never surrendered in the muster.
How do you find out?
Unless you are looking at the local village level, I
suggest that you probably never will.
It is possible that some registers 'arrived' at the
archives after LDS filming took place, but they should be available for
inspection at the archive.
My experience may not be representative of others!
May a kind Providence prosper your efforts.
Regards / ciao / S pozdravom,
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