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
811 04 Bratislava
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.
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.
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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