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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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Odbor Archivnictva (The Archives of the Republic), Slovakia

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.

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in German, Jewish, Latin, Hungary, and Russian. For help reading them see:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection 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:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

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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]

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  • Approximate event date

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

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