Re: Slovak archives
- Hi Jim,
I can understand your frustration, and I agree with your summation of
the situation (you have to know all the facts to find what you want).
However, I think this is true of most research.... in fact the only
place/country I know of off-hand where you can send a request not
knowing an exact place with some hope of getting a result is the Czech
archives.... at least in my experience.... as they will keep forwarding
the request to different regional archives until they find the info, a
possible reason it takes nearly a year to get an answer.
In my Berlin Germany research, you have to know the exact church the
couple attended, as even requests to the General Lutheran Archives have
to cite an exact church. They will not do general searches.
And lets be fair and think about it....if someone in Europe is trying to
locate someone in the US, they can't use a general index to births
marriages and deaths for the whole country, they'd have to know at least
the state, or more in some instances (like NY State vs. NYC borough
I guess it boils down to just being those "brick walls" we all come up
against in our research, which is often made more difficult by things
like common names, unclear information on the person, records not being
filmed for easy access, and uncooperative (for whatever reasons)
Oh well...... no one ever said this was going to be easy :)
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
Helpful Hints for Successful Searching
- Do you mean that a "waspy"-sounding name like Honeychuck was actually
Hanicak? Wow! Never would have guessed! Regina Rabatin Haring
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Honeychuck <jimhoney@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 1999 12:51 PM
Subject: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Slovak archives
> From: "Jim Honeychuck" <jimhoney@...>
> On the subject of Slovak archives vs. LDS microfilms...
> Just today I completed my first experience with archives in Slovakia. I
> found the process to be time-consuming (over six months), expensive (about
> $40 for one piece of paper), and incomplete (didn't get exactly what I was
> looking for).
> Also surprising is that the Slovak National Archives cannot find the
> of someone born in what is now Slovakia unless you tell them where to
> Hard to believe, but true, and I quote the Director, who even has a PhD:
> "To start any genealogical research the name of the locality is needed."
> So it's sort of Catch-22: to find out what you want to know, you have to
> already know it.
> So if, like me, you do not know where your ancestors are from in Slovakia,
> you can either search every microfilm LDS has for $3.45 each, or get the
> Slovak archives to search for you town by town and pay, I don't know,
> Jim Honeychuck
> researching Hanicak (found), Urban (not found), and Puhalla (not found)
- I know a family in SW Pa who is HANCAK and go to church with a family
who is HANCUK and all have roots in Vychodno Slovensko (Eastern
So pick a spelling any spelling.......
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