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Slovak Archival Records Project

Project Leader: Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Liaison/Advisor: Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The objective of this umbrella project is to photograph and transcribe records from Slovak archives that have not been filmed by FamilySearch (the LDS Family History Library). These will include census and vital records from the Slovak State Archives in Bratislava as well as regional branches and municipal archives in Slovakia.

The project began with the acquisition and indexing of images from the 1848 Census for Szepes megye, which is held by the Slovak State Archives branch in Levoca. More recently, the JewishGen Hungarian SIG acquired images from the 1848 Census for Saros megye.

Both of these efforts were funded by donations to the JewishGen Hungarian SIG General Fund and indexing of these records is already underway. The initial focus of this project will be on eastern Slovakia but the area included can be expanded if sufficient funds are raised.

Eric Bloch, who coordinates H-SIGís Other Hungarian Census Records project, has volunteered to help with validation of census records as H-SIG volunteers transcribe them.

Key Audience

Researchers whose families lived in those parts of pre-Trianon Hungary that became part of Czechoslovakia in 1921 and the Slovak Republic in 1993. The territory of today's Slovakia comprised the northern part of the Kingdom of Hungary from until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy after the First World War, when it became part of Czechoslovakia. It remained part of Czechoslovakia until 1993, except for the years of the Second World War, when part of the area became a separate Slovak State under Nazi Germany and their Slovak sympathizers. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is the largest city with a population today of 413,000 including about 800 Jews. There are about 2,300 Jews living in Slovakia today, primarily in Bratislava and Kosice, the nationís second-largest city.

Project Importance

These records have not been filmed by the LDS Family History Library or Ancestry.com and are not otherwise available to researchers.

Permissions

Images will be retained in the Hungarian SIG archives but will not be available on-line until permission is received from the Slovak State Archives to do so.

Estimated Cost

The estimated cost for this component project is $5,000, which includes archive fees and the researcherís time and expenses. Those who contribute $100 or more to the project will receive access to spreadsheets. Any funds still remaining at the completion of this translation project will be applied toward other projects being coordinted via the JewishGen Hungarian SIG.

Timeline

The project will continue to operate as long as funds are available for photography. Work will begin in eastern Slovakia and expand to include State, regional, and municipal archives as funds are received.


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