1302Re: [Slovak-World] Accessing Church Records
- Mar 1, 2003Many thanks for your observations, Ron.
I hope I can find something about my grandparents birth dates and native
villages in the records. It'd would be great to find information about lost
relatives! I'll make it a point to have copies made, if a copy machine is
In a message dated 3/1/03 4:42:48 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> I 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.
> Ron Milliken
> FlorianCJr@... wrote:
> > Ron;
> > 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
> > cannot
> > remove them. This is exactly what I want.
> > Regards,
> > Florian
> > 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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