22510RE: [Slovak-World] marriage records question
- Sep 2, 2008I believe uzavrete manzelstva here just means contracted marriages ("closed/concluded" like in closing a legal arrangement or business deal). You're right, zmiesane malzenstva means mixed marriages.
> Anyway, I noticed that the film details for one village had some terms
> regarding marriage records that I'm not familiar with: uzavrete
> manzelstva and zmiesane manzelstva. (I didn't examine the latter
> records, as they did not cover the time period I was searching, and
> only realized there were two different labels for marriage records
> later.) Looking at my Slovak dictionary, I'd guess that uzavrete
> manzelstva probably means "private marriage"? The basic meaning
> appears to be "enclosed", and by extension, "private"; while zmiesane
> manzelstva seems to mean "mixed marriage". Wish I'd looked at those,
> maybe it'd be obvious what they were--mixed Catholic and non-Catholic?
> Or maybe "inside the auspices of the Catholic church" and
> "outside..."? But if I remember right, civil marriages were non-
> existent in the mid-1800s in Slovakia.....
> Does anyone know for sure what these mean and why the marriage records
> would be divided like this? The years covered do overlap, the
> uzavrete manzelstva records cover 1798-1898,and the zmiesane
> manzelstva records 1832-1864.
> D'akujem za pomoc,
> Julie Michutka
> jmm@... <mailto:jmm%40pathbridge.net>
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