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Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935
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Record Description
Record Type: Church and Synagogue Books
Collection years: 1592-1935
Languages: German, Hebrew, Latin, Hungarian
Title in the Language: Slowakei, Kirchenbücher
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

These records are in German, Jewish, Latin, Hungary, and Russian. For help reading these records see the following guides:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptismal

  • Name and gender of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Names of parents and their civil status
  • Residence and religion of parents
  • Legitimacy of child
  • Occupation of father
  • Names of godparents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Names of maternal and paternal grandparents
  • Name of priest performing baptism

Marriage

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Groom's name, age, and civil status
  • Bride's name, age, and civil status
  • Groom's occupation, religion, and residence
  • Bride's occupation, religion, and residence
  • Names of groom's parents
  • Names of bride's parents

Burial

  • Date and place of death
  • Name, age, and gender of deceased
  • Residence and marital status of deceased
  • Spouse's name (if married)
  • Names of parents (if deceased is a minor)
  • Cause of death
  • Burial information

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Religion
  2. Select County
  3. Select Place
  4. Select Event, Volume, Year range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Copy down all the information from the record
  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing This Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information to find the person in census or church records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Slovakia.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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