Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935
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|Record Type:||Church and Synagogue Books|
|Languages:||German, Hebrew, Latin, Hungarian|
|Title in the Language:||Slowakei, Kirchenbücher|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains images of christenings, marriages, and burials for the years 1592-1935, and includes records from Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran, and Reformed Church parishes, as well Jewish congregations in Slovakia.
The earliest Slovak church book was created in 1587 (a book of christenings from Košice). A few Catholic registers date from the early and mid 1600s, but most date from the early 1700s. Protestant churches usually did not begin to maintain parish registers until the late 1600s. Many church books from earlier time periods were lost during the Turkish invasions and Slovak rebellions around 1600-1700.
In the mid-twentieth century, many of the church books of Slovakia were nationalized, and the state began to transfer books to one of seven state regional archives (Štátné oblastné arhívy): Prešov, Košice, Bratislava, Levoča, Nitra, Banská Bystrica, and Bytča. It is from these national archives that this collection comes. Many records are still located in local city halls or other institutions; these will be added to the collection as they become available.
Reading These Records
These records are in German, Jewish, Latin, Hungary, and Russian. For help reading these records see the following guides:
- German Language and Languages
- Jewish Language and Languages
- Latin Genealogical Word List
- Hungarian Genealogical Word List
- Russian Genealogical Word List
- Old Church Slavonic reading guide
- German Gothic Handwriting Guide
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books (FamilySearch Historical Records) Coverage Table shows the places and time periods covered in the indexed records for this collection. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
Consult the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, Place Names Table for more information about places in Slovakia.
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching, it is best to know the following information:
- Name of the person
- Year of the record
As you search, look for a record which matches this information.
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select Religion
- Select County
- Select Place
- Select Event, Volume, Year range to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Copy down all the information from the record
- Cite the record; see below for help citing this records in this collection
- Use the information to find the person in census or church records
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision
- Try variations of given names and surnames. A person might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name
- Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list search results
- Search the records of nearby locations
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Slovakia.
Known Issues with This Collection
| Problems with this collection?|
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 29 June 2018. Odbor Archivnictva (The Archives of the Republic), Slovakia.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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