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Lutheran Church in Gomor

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  • Carl Kotlarchik
    Dear Janet, Thank you for your message. In my research, I have found that many of the Lutheran Churches in Gomor where built in the late 1700s which is when
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 27, 2006
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      Dear Janet,
      Thank you for your message. In my research, I have found that many
      of the Lutheran Churches in Gomor where built in the late 1700s which
      is when many of their records first appear. Prior to that, the
      records were kept by the Catholic Churches for both faiths. One
      exception is the Lutheran Church in Stitnik which is much older. I
      have been told that the nobility in this area first changed from the
      Catholic religion and then much of the general population followed.
      Another very interesting thing that I find is that the Lutheran
      records for the 1700s and early 1800s are written in Slovak and
      sometimes Latin. Then in the mid 1800s, they all start being written
      in Hungarian. I'm sure this was due to the "magyarization" policies
      that occurred.

      Where is your family from and is your name Hungarian or Slovak?

      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Janet Kozlay" <kozlay@...>
      > Dear Carl,
      > The Lutheran (Evangelical) church was very strong in Upper Hungary,
      > Slovakia, and was the dominant religion until the Habsburgs
      > Maria Theresa) forced most of Hungary to become Roman Catholic. You
      > see Lutheran churches throughout the region. The Reformed church
      tended to
      > predominate in the more southerly parts of Hungary, which today is
      > largely Roman Catholic.
      > Janet
      > _____
      > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-
      ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Carl Kotlarchik
      > Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2006 2:13 PM
      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [S-R] Re: Gömör/Gemer Megye
      > Hi Rebecca,
      > It is great to have another group member researching in the Jelsava
      > area. I think there are about four of us in the group with
      > from this area of Gomor. And I see that David has already
      > responded to you.
      > My family was from some of the towns that you mention below
      > Hucin (Gicze), Jelsava (Jolsva), Jelsava Teplica (Jolsva Tapolcza)
      > and Nandraz (Nandras). They also lived in some other nearby towns
      > such as Germerske Milhost (Miglesz), Stitnik (Csetnek), Gencs
      > (Honce), Sivetice (Suvete) and Kunova Teplica (Kun Tapolcza). I
      > researched all LDS films for the church records for these villages
      > and have developed a pedigree chart for my various families based
      > those records. One of the things that I find really odd is that
      > of us seem to have many shared family names even though these
      > villages are relatively small. The only family name that I have in
      > common with you appears to be "Gregor" but they were not in my
      > immediate line only through a cousin. This Gregor family was from
      > Chyzne (Chizsnyo) which is just a couple of miles to the northwest
      > Jelsava.
      > Anyway, I would be very interested in sharing information with you
      > about the area. What religion was your family? Mine were Lutherans
      > which was a little more common in Gomor than in other areas. Please
      > contact me off-line and we can check to see if we have any other
      > possible connections. It would be great if the four or five of us
      > with family from this section of Gomor could share information and
      > possibly help each other in our research. I'd also like to learn
      > more about your travel to the area as I hope to make this trip in
      > next year or two myself.
      > My family names from the Jelsava area include Kotlarcik/Kotlarcsik,
      > Muranszky, Vapenik, Janko, Gyuro, Zdichavsky, Varchol, Szabados,
      > Koleffar, Molnar, and Dancsik.
      > looking forward to hearing from you,
      > Carl Kotlarchik
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@ <mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS%40yahoogroups.com>
      > yahoogroups.com, "arvayx11" <arvayx11@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello
      > > My name is Rebecca. I am a member, but I have forgotten my
      > password;
      > > as well as putting my search on hold for a while.
      > > My family names that I am researching are:
      > > Arvay/Arvai,Marsovszky,Czimer,Buko, Gregor and Kovacs.
      > > All were from the Gemer Megye,That we know of.
      > > The village names are: Licince (Licze) Drzkovce (Deresk) Hucin
      > > (Gicze) Hodejov (Vargede) Polina (Alsofalu) Chvalova (Felfalu)
      > > Jelsava (Jolsva) Jolsva-Taplocza,Novacany (Nasztraj)
      > > Arvay/Arvai names are my main focus.
      > > My husband and I were in Slovakia and we went to every village;
      > > stated above,where every Arvay/Arvai was born, lived and died.
      > > Not one Arvay/Arvai was buried where they died, We did not find
      > > graves, except one in Licince.
      > > Most of the Mayor`s do not think the graves were recycled.
      > > The Arvay/Arvai`s were all land and mill owners.
      > > My latest find was Janos Arvay who died in FelsoFalu in 1836.
      > > We have studied and gone through all the LDS films for Gemer and
      > are
      > > just waiting now, for any new releases.
      > > Does anyone have connection to my family names??? or any advise
      > > finding the lost graves??
      > > I greatly appreciate any help that you can give me in our
      > > Thank You
      > > Rebecca
      > >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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