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{{HR Known Issues|no message=}}'''Slovakia, Prešov Region Church Books (Hungarian Place Names), 1592-1906 '''collection was removed from FamilySearch.org recently. The only version of this collection that will be available will be the Slovak version of the place names. However, both of these collections contains the same information.
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{{HR Known Issues|no message=}}'''Slovakia, Prešov Region Church Books (Hungarian Place Names), 1592-1906 '''collection was removed from FamilySearch.org recently. The only version of this collection that will be available will be the Slovak version of the place names.   
  
 
'''Trhoviste(Slovakian)/Vasarhely(Hungarian): '''C. 1296, 1300,1301,1302 all belong under Greek Catholic not Roman Catholic.  
 
'''Trhoviste(Slovakian)/Vasarhely(Hungarian): '''C. 1296, 1300,1301,1302 all belong under Greek Catholic not Roman Catholic.  
  
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Revision as of 13:43, 22 June 2011

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Slovakia Church Books, 1601-1906  and Slovakia, Presov Region Church Books (Hungarian Place Names), 1592-1906.
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Foreign Language Title[edit | edit source]

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying a translation of the title in Slovak or another language of the collection here.

Collection Time Period[edit | edit source]

The earliest Slovak church book was created in 1587 (a book of christenings from Košice). Few Catholic registers date from the early and mid 1600s, but most registers date from the early 1700s. Protestant churches usually did not begin to maintain parish registers until the late 1600s. While church books are kept to the present, this collection only goes through 1952.

Record Description[edit | edit source]

Many church books from earlier time periods were lost during the Turkish invasions and Slovak rebellions around 1600-1700. Those which carry over past the early 1900's (even though they may have begun earlier) are still located in local city halls or other institutions. The Family History Library has copies of almost all birth, marriage, and death registers for the following religions: Catholic (the majority religion), Evangelical Lutheran, Reformed, Jewish, Greek Catholic, and Orthodox. Filming of the records was done from 1991-2009. The images in this collection are from those films.

Entries are usually arranged in chronological order and, after 1784, in a columnar format. Sometimes, baptisms, marriages, and burials are kept all for all villages in a parish, for each year. Other times, each village has its own section of baptisms, marriages, and burials, listed chronologically. Some records are on preprinted forms. Most records include indexes.

Most Catholic records are in Latin and Hungarian; while Reformed and Lutheran Evangelical are in Latin and Slovak (but may also be found in Hungarian.) Greek Catholic records are in Latin, Russian, Ukrainian, and Hungarian. Orthodox records are written in Ukrainian (Ruthenian) or Russian. Jewish records may be in a combination of one or more of the following: German, Hebrew, Latin, Hungarian. Several languages are often found in the books of a single place. A law of 1868 allowed different religious groups to use the language they favored, e.g., Ukrainian in Ruthenia.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Key genealogical facts found in baptism entries are:

  • Names of the child, parents, and witnesses or godparents—sometimes includes names of grandparents
  • Residence and religion of the parents and other direct-line ancestors
  • Occupation of the father and other males listed
  • Whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate

Key genealogical facts found in marriage entries are:

  • Names of the bride, groom, their parents, witnesses, and sometimes grandparents
  • Date and place of marriage, sometimes time of marriage
  • Date and place of marriage, sometimes time of marriage
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Residence of the bride, groom, and their ancestors (sometimes birth places)
  • Religion of the bride and groom
  • Occupation of the groom and other males listed

Key genealogical facts found in burial entries are:

  • Names of the deceased, spouse/parents, and sometimes grandparents
  • Date and place of death and burial, sometimes time of death and burial
  • Age and residence of deceased
  • Residences of other ancestors listed
  • Whether the child was legitimate or illegitimate
  • Cause of death or illness
  • Funeral location and date

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

Slovak church books are definitely the best source for identifying one’s relatives in the Slovak Republic. Because so many other relatives are mentioned in the church books, a miniature pedigree chart can be created from almost every entry in a church book. Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to baptisms, marriages, and death or burials make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
• The place where the event occurred.
• The name and surname of the person.
• The approximate date of the event.
• The name of the parents or spouse.

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
For example:
• Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
• Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
• Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
• Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
• Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
• Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
• The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
• Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
• Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
• Use the marriage number to identify previous marriages.
• When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:
• The information in church records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
• Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800.
• There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
• Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
• Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
• Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Record History[edit | edit source]

The edict of the Council of Trent in 1563 mandated that priests create church books. In 1827, duplicate copies were supposed to be deposited in the bishop’s consistory archive. Starting in 1869, the civil authorities took charge of keeping records of births, marriages, and deaths, although the individual churches continued to actually record these events. The official legal copy was kept by local officials. This action was prompted when many of the clergy refused to perform Catholic rites for non-Catholics. Everyone was registered under this new system (not only Catholics or Protestants).

In 1949, all of the church books of Slovakia were nationalized. In 1952 the state began to transfer the books to one of seven state regional archives (Štátné oblastné arhívy): Prešov, Košice, Bratislava, Levoča, Nitra, Banská Bystrica, and Bytča.

Many church books from earlier time periods were lost during the Turkish invasions and Slovak rebellions around 1600-1700. Those which carry over past the early 1900's (even though they may have begun earlier) are still located in local city halls or other institutions. The Family History Library has copies of almost all birth, marriage, and death registers for the following religions: Catholic (the majority religion), Evangelical Lutheran, Reformed, Jewish, Greek Catholic, and Orthodox. Filming of the records was done from 1991-2009. The images in this collection are from those films.

The church books cover a majority of the population.

Why This Record Was Created[edit | edit source]

Church books were created at first by the church to identify those who had received church sacraments. After 1869 they were used also as an official record of vital events by civil authorities

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

Slovak church books are extremely reliable, more so than census and other records. Ages, birth dates and birth places found in marriage and death entries may be inaccurate, depending on the informant’s knowledge.

Related Web Sites[edit | edit source]

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Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

Important.png Problems with this collection?

Slovakia, Prešov Region Church Books (Hungarian Place Names), 1592-1906 collection was removed from FamilySearch.org recently. The only version of this collection that will be available will be the Slovak version of the place names. 

Trhoviste(Slovakian)/Vasarhely(Hungarian): C. 1296, 1300,1301,1302 all belong under Greek Catholic not Roman Catholic.

Bartfa/Bardojov: Jewish Records--Digital images of this portion of the collection currently are restricted by contract from being showing.

Image problems[edit | edit source]

The collection is formed from microfilm conversion to digital image before the publication process online. Where the original record is assembled other than a systematic or chronological order problems are replicated in the online collection of images.

One example of this is found in the Jewish records in the Inv. 1187 Births 1890-1901, Sztropko, Slovakia Jewish Records, there are several images (1, 3, 4) where the righthand page does not go with the lefthand page. This can be seen by examining the third and fourth columns of the righthand page which represent the dates of circumcision for males (column 3) and naming in the synagogue for girls (column 4). Circumcision usually takes place 8 days after birth and naming of girls usually any time within a week of birth. The left half of image 1 goes with the right half of image 3; the left half of image 3 goes with the right half of image 4; and the left half of image 4 goes with the right half of image 1.

Unfortunately where an original record is out of order as in this example we have no means of correcting this in the digital image collection.

All the images for the Jewish records for Bardejov/Bartfa, Slovakia are not available. The problem seems to be that they are part of a microfilm that contains deaths till 1928, hence the 90 year rule restriction, even though this collection goes just till 1895. The images can be viewed on microfilm #1792046, 1792047 and 1792048.  Use the "learn" tab on the home page and enter "ordering microfilm" in the search to see how to view these microfilms.

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records/Guidelines for Articles.



Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]

  • Prešov State Regional Archive. Baptism. From FamilySearch Internet, April 27, 2010. David Keler. January 1780.

Instructions for citing this source can be found at: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Sources for This Collection[edit | edit source]

“Slovakia, Church Books, 1592-1910”, images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org); from State Regional Archives throughout Slovakia. "Slovakia church records, 1592-1952." FHL 1,297 microfilm reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Digital copies of originals housed in State Regional Archives throughout Slovakia.

The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.