EMBASSY OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC

2201 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Suite 250
Washington, D.C, 20007
tel.: 202/965-5160 ext. 3

INFORMATION ON GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic wishes to inform you about genealogical research done by the State Archives.

Such research is based on vital statistics registers (of birth, marriage and death) and can provide you with information about names of searched persons, date and place of their birth, marriage and death, information about their parents, their parents professions (only those listed on the Birth Certificate), names of their wives or husbands and names of the witnesses of the marriage (only those listed on Marriage Certificate), cause of death (only that listed on Death Certificate), etc.

Genealogical research can be done with respect to documentation older than 50 years. As far as vital statistic records of birth, marriage and death are concerned, only records up to the year 1900 are located in the Archives, Research can be done either in the form of a running account or in the form of individual vital statistic records. Applications for both kinds of research are enclosed. We recommend you to complete the applications in capital letters or by typewriter and indicate all important information to start the research (name of the person searched, date and place of birth). The date of birth can be indicated in a close approximation of +/- 3 Years. Attaching copies of personal documents issued in the Slovak Republic to the application might contribute to the success of the research.

In your application you can also ask for photocopies or microfilms of the records. Requests for heraldry can be presented, as well as requests for personal research in the archives.

The application should be sent directly to:

Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic
(or ministerstvo vnutra SR)
odbor archivnictva a spisovej sluzby
Krizkova 7
811 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

No deposits are necessary. After the completion of research you will receive a notice directly from the above Ministry or from a firm authorized to collect the payment from applicants and upon the receipt of your payment the report will be sent to you. Please be informed that the fee for the research is calculated on the basis of the amount of working hours and difficulty of the research. In your application please specify the limit on research charges.

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Genealogical research in the form of a running account is based on information about one ancestor. From this information it is possible to trace the parents of the searched person and, under certain circumstances, his or her brothers and sisters ( if they were born in the same locality). In order to begin genealogical research about descendants of a known ancestor it is, however, important to know the date and place of his or her marriage or the date and place of birth of the children. Owing to the fact that the research always depends on the accuracy of information specified in the application, in certain exceptional cases it is possible that the report will be very limited or completely negative. For this reason, please indicate everything which could help to identify the person searched for.

2. Genealogical research in the form of individual vital statistics records is a step-by-step procedure. It is, from the applicant's point of view, more time consuming.

3· Please pay attention to the identification of the exact location of the place of birth, marriage and death. If this information is incorrect, it will be impossible to receive a positive report. Certain localities

(small villages, settlements etc.) can have exactly the same or very similar names. These names could have changed during the last centuries. For these reasons it is highly recommended to try to find the name of the county, parish, post office, bigger town or other identifiable locality (therefore, identification within the large area of Slovakia, Austria-Hungary is not sufficient).

4. Because vital statistics records were administered during the last centuries by several churches, the same localities could have several registers. Although the registers of the Roman Catholic Church were

dominant, in certain localities other churches were more or less important, too. In light of this fact, the religion of the person searched is very important to mention in the application.

5. If your research concerns Bratislava or bigger cities in Slovakia, it is recommended to specify the part of the city where the person searched for was born, married or died.

6. If you wish to obtain vital statistic records of birth, marriage or death from the year 1900 up to now, send a request to the Embassy together with a self-addressed stamped envelope. You will be provided with appropriate applications.


Information is up to date as of 20 July 1996

Application for Individual Vital Statistics Record

Application for genealogical research in the form of a Running Account

Personal accounts and suggestions from others who had research done by the Archives

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