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Slovakia & Environs

Genealogy Research Strategies

Developing effective approaches to ancestral research in Eastern Slovakia

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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.

I am 50% Rusyn (Ruthenian, or Rusnak works too!), so a chunk of my time is devoted to the study of these people.   I have done a number of presentations at chapters of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, most recently discussing the Battle of Dukla Pass.

What's News

August 2020

Hello, it's me!  I'm back.   After a seven year hiatus, I'm back to update this site.   While the strategy remains constant, links have changed and better resources have surfaced.   I've also retired since the last update, and coronavirus has kept me close to home, so there is time on hand to dedicate to this.  Once both myself and my cousins in Slovakia give the "all clear", I plan to be back to Eastern Slovakia for an extended period of socializing the the family and research.

So look for updates here, on a weekly basis as I go through every page.   Please send suggestions for changes to the web site, I'm all ears!

 I am also continuing my studies of the Carpatho-Rusyns, with an interest in the period from the end of World War One (1919)  and the Velvet Revolution (1989).  The more I learn, the less I know!  My objective is to develop material that describes this period to a level greater than an overview, but not as great an academic paper or book.  It will be clear and easy to understand for the mortal student who has a more than passing interest, but doesn't have the time to study it in depth.   In the end, I plan to publish material and give some talks to general audicences on specific topics during this period of time.  It's at least six to 12 months away.

 The whole Cold War period in Czechoslovakia has been a big blank space in my knowledge.   Perhaps it is for you too.  I just finished reading a book, "Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain" which is excellent.  It gave me a lot of insights about what actually happened, and the knowledge to ask better questions of my cousins. The authors have established a non-profit  Global Slovaka "dedicated to sharing Slovakia with the world." I highly recommend it.

SITE UPDATES, 8/3/2020

Tip:  Use translate.google.com to translate foreign language sites. (how to set your browser language coming soon!)

:20th Century Photos from Eastern Slovakia (in Slovak, but easy to follow)


May 2013

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: 03 August 2020                                                    Copyright 2003-2020, Bill Tarkulich