Slovakia Genealogy Research Strategies

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Bill Tarkulich's

Slovakia & Environs

Genealogy Research Strategies

Developing effective approaches to ancestral research in Eastern Slovakia

Recommended by the U. S. National Archives

Mother's Day in Snina, 1937

Mothers Day in Snina 1937



Ahoj!  Hello!  These pages provide strategy assistance to English-speaking researchers of immigrants from the regions of present-day Slovak Republic (Slovakia).  This collection also provides a contemporary and historical perspective of the region through essays, documents and photographs.

My geographic focus is on Eastern Slovakia (Slovak Republic) / formerly Czechoslovakia / formerly Upper Hungary.  Primary research areas include the peoples and lands in the Carpathian mountains and immediate borderlands of Southern Poland (Galicia) and Western Ukraine (Carpatho-Rus).  As Slovakia was a component of pre-1918 Hungary, much information about "old Hungary" is contained herein and will be useful for any pre-1918 Hungary research.

What's News

May 2013

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20th Century Photos from Eastern Slovakia (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - actively being updated)

Church Record Headers (originally produced by John Jasso) , new page

 "Slovakia Full Circle, The Return Journey, 1904 - 2001" , republished

Ukraine State Archives, Hungary State Archives, Slovakia State Archives

Hungary State Archives on-line collections

Hungary State Archives collection of historic castradal and other maps (in Latin)

Hungary State Archives Urbaria et Conscriptiones (Early taxation and census records, 16-19th century)

Hungary World War 2 Prisoner of War database

A nice YouTube video of Wooden Churches from the region

Saints Name Days  - Useful when there is confusion about birth dates

This month I have been conducting a major update of the links herein and adding or revising content.  Enjoy!

What's News - Archives



If you are new to genealogy research I recommend you start with Welcome  and Strategy.


  • Table Of Contents - A complete listing of all pages

  • Welcome - What these pages are all about

  • Strategy - A systematic approach to ancestral research

  • History - A brief summary of major events and unique reference material

  • Place Names - Explanation of multiple village names and how to find them

  • Settlements - Local information & loads of photos of Eastern Slovakia villages

  • Maps - Historic and Contemporary map references useful in research

  • Churches - Description of various churches, their records and examples

  • Census - Explanation of historical census, their availability and examples 

  • Military- Explanation of various military records, availability and examples.  Military History 

  • FHL Resources - The Mormon's Family History Library catalog holdings related to Slovakia

  • Correspondence - How to find, address and compose letters to Slovakia

  • Culture - Art, Architecture, Social Customs & Language

  • Passports, Church/Government Certificates & Other Document Examples

  • Toolbox - Quick Reference to the Most Versatile Web Resources for Genealogy

  • Potpourri - A catch-all of interesting topics, photos and links


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Last Update: 27 April 2013                                                    Copyright 2003-2013, Bill Tarkulich