In a message dated 1/13/2001 5:19:04 PM, henway@...
<< I believe Kraskovo-Babinec is a village. I suspect there maybe records
about these folks in a Lutheran church in the towns of Lukovishte or in
Rimavska Sobota. Has anyone come across a Lutheran church near
Kraskovo-Babinec or in the other towns.? >>
The towns you are interested are located south and southeast of Hnusta in
southern Slovakia, a beautiful hilly and mountainous region where few
tourists go - they call this region The Enchanted Land.
Kraskovo, Babinec and Lukovistia are just a few kilometers aprart - each
has a church but the map doesn't reveal the denomination. Teriakovce is a bit
south of them and is now 2 villages separated by the Rimava river - Velke and
Male Teriakovce; both have a church.
I have been to your villages a number of years ago when I visited nearby
Kyatice looking for the old time wooden toy makers - they were all gone but
the wonderful people there hosted us and took us to an ancient pottery site
that was more than 20,000 years old nearby. They were so proud of their
culture and history.
Most Slovak church records before 1900 have been deposited in the main
archives, The Lutheran churches or Evangelical as they are called there kept
You have several options to find out more about your family -
1) check the LDS family history center, order up the microfiche(s) that cover
your ancestral villages
2) hire a researcher there to check the archives (reasonable if you get the
right ones) - they can also check phone books in the nearby cities to see if
your family moved to the city as the later generations did in search of work.
Not many village people have phones yet.
3) ask the Slovak archives to do a search - (quite reasonable)
4) write a letter to the mayor of each village to see if you have living
Our Slovak Heritage & Folklore Society International has a letter in English
& Slovak that has gotten a pretty good response - about the only way you cna
find out if you have living relatives there.
One of our trip goers last summer had roots in Lukovistia and she visited
One of our Slovak Heritage & Folklore Society Members also has roots there -
if you would like to be in contact with them or would like more info on the
above please e mail me directly