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  • Michael Mojher
    Bill, Thank you for the reminder of what is required to do a proper genealogical search. Your e-mail also brought back memories of what doing research was like
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2009
      Thank you for the reminder of what is required to do a proper genealogical search.
      Your e-mail also brought back memories of what doing research was like when I joined Slovak-Roots some ten years ago. Remember waiting for those dial-up modems to connect to a website? Technology may have advanced, but the fundamentals of doing genealogy has not changed.
      I have sometimes wondered how many people may be monitoring Slovak-Roots and not wanting or have a need to join in. It is those submissions like Dianne's where we as a group prove our worth. In the last couple of years we have had many successes with connecting people with their roots. I encourage those that are silently observing to take the plunge and submit your questions. As it has been said, "There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers." And we will try to keep those to a minimum.
      To the cadre of regular contributors I want to offer a well deserved, "Dakujem / Thank you."

      From: Bill Tarkulich
      Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:57 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [S-R] Zelez geneology

      Research in our region of the world is complex and confusing. If we all had
      paid a little better attention in history class.... well, this group
      provides remedial service in that area. ;) Once the fog passes and you
      begin to focus on the really important elements only, you will make fast
      progress. Archive records are generally well-preserved and unlike many
      other countries, the files are readily available, often with only a drive of
      a few miles to a microfilm reader....

      But do keep in mind, the gumshoe work comes from you - we can provide hints,
      clues and general advice, but the actual digging, including writing letters
      and waiting and following up is you.

      Keep asking your questions if you are unclear. If you write a lengthy
      letter, many people don't read it. So bunch it up into bite-sized messages
      and you'll get better responses.

      It is also helpful to provide the full context of your information, a
      digital image if at all possible when asked. When it was written, by whom
      and where is essential. A snippet from a full page is hard to read,
      especially if handwritten.

      There are many wonderful researchers who freely give of their time here, so
      persevere. The majority of inquiries are "cherry pickers" who will only
      spend an hour or two on it. The successful team year has patiently spent
      many years - it often takes decades for pieces to fit into place.

      Once you know your village, make every effort to publicize your village and
      attract others who may be researching your village. Often they are not on
      this forum today, but will show up, sooner or later in a few years. So
      monitoring this group for years is essential.

      As said, "Brick walls show you how badly you want something." Keep
      collecting info, keep fishing. It took 10 years, but I actually found the
      family whose grandfather as a child wrote letters from Czechoslovakia on
      behalf of his family to my grandmother in the USA. Its amazing what can
      happen if you keep the fishing lure in the pond.

      Best wishes,


      -----Original Message-----
      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Dianne
      Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:12 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [S-R] Zelez geneology

      Thank you to so many people who have responded to my message asking for
      help. I have only been with this group for 1 day and already have some

      This is very exciting to me....I am very hopeful that I'll have a lot more
      answers no one in our family could help with.

      Dianne Zelez

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