1299Re: [Slovak-World] Accessing Church Records
- Mar 1, 2003I usually offer a donation, but sometimes it was refused.
You have the perfect situation, where you can carefully search the books
and find cousins you didn't even know about. On a few occasions I had
that situation, where the secretary would point me to a cabinet full of
old books and tell me to go through them at my leisure. If you are
lucky, they will photocopy the records you find. I would definitely
offer to pay for the copies. It is very difficult to interpret the
records right there on the spot. Village names could be written in
Hungarian, and other information could be written in Latin or Slovak.
If it is a Greek Catholic or Orthodox church, information could be in
Cyrillic. It often takes me days of research to correctly decipher all
the information in church records. But the beauty of ethnic church
records is that they often include the name of the native village,
nationality, religion, etc. of people, such as the parents.
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> Thanks for your reply.
> Is it customary to leave a donation of any kind with a church here in the
> U.S.A. after researching their records?
> I have an appointment at St. Procops in Cleveland for next Saturday to go
> through the records. The sister who cheerfully arranged the time said
> I will
> be able to take the records to the cafeteria to look through them, but
> remove them. This is exactly what I want.
> In a message dated 3/1/03 2:57:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> rmilliken@... writes:
> > I have researched many church records in the US. I have had no success
> > when trying to request records via mail or telephone ... no success
> > whatsoever, even when I send a donation. The secretaries are far too
> > busy to respond to queries. However, my success rate is greater
> than 50
> > percent when I just show up at the church office during business hours.
> > Often, I am allowed to go through the books myself. If you have a
> > narrow time frame to search, the secretary or pastor will sometimes
> > allow you to look over their shoulder while they turn the pages, as it
> > should only take a few minutes. Sometimes I have been able to arrange
> > a timeframe in advance, when the secretary would be the least busy.
> > Perhaps others have had different experiences.
> > Ron Milliken
> > > At 02:00 PM 3/1/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> > >
> > > >What is considered the generally accepted behavior or good
> manners when
> > > >researching church records here in the US? Should a small
> > > contribution be
> > > >left for access to records? I plan to visit the church where my
> > > mother was
> > > >baptized over 80 years ago in hopes of finding out more information
> > > about her
> > > >parents, such as date and place of birth, etc.
> > > >
> > > >TIA,
> > > >
> > > >Florian
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