Slovakia Church Records Reading Aids

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Languages in Slovakian Records

Except for modern records of the 1900s, records in Slovakia were written mostly in Latin and Hungarian. Many records were also written in German. Other languages sometimes used in Slovak records include Ukrainian (Ruthene dialect), Czech, Slovak, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Helps for Reading Polish Records

Helps for Reading German Records

Helps for Reading Ruthene Dialect of Russian (Rusyn)

Rusyn, (also known in English as Ruthene, sometimes Ruthenian), is a Slavic language spoken by the Rusyns of Eastern Europe. It is estimated that about 34,000 Slovakians are native Ruthene speakers. Source: Wikipedia <br

The table below shows the alphabet of Slovakia (Prešov) Rusyn.

Helps for Reading Old Slavonic

Church Records Headings in Hungarian with English Translation

Baptism Record: Kereszteltek Anyakönyve Hungarian baptism.png
Larger version baptism record


Marriage Record: Házasultak Anyakönyve Hungarian marriage.png
Larger version marriage record


Death Record: Halottak Anyakönyve Hungarian death.png
Larger version death record

Church Records Headings in Latin with English Translation

Latin Baptism Record: Matricula Baptisatorum
Latin baptism.png Larger version baptism record


Latin Marriage Record: Matricula Copulatorum Latin marriage.png Larger version marriage record


Latin Death Record: Matricula Defunctorum Latin death.png Larger version death record

Other Helps for Latin Records

Church Records Headings in Slovak with English Translation

These records are two pages long. The first illustration is the left-hand side of the record. The second illustration is the right-hand side of the record.

Slovak church birth records headings.jpg

Slovak church marriage records headings.jpg

Slovak church death records headings.jpg