Do you have Slovakian ancestors?

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Did you have family that lived in Slovakia that historically was part of Austria-Hungary?

Did you have family that lived in Slovakia that was historically part of Czechoslovakia?

Slovakian ancestry can be hard to trace because of border changes. 

If you would like to join the Slovak Roots project, post an answer here and you will get a Slavic Roots badge.

ago in Requests for Project Volunteers by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (746k points)

3 Answers

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Don't forget towns like Szarvas, which is in southern Hungary, but is still full of Slovak family names, because the place was completely depopulated under the Ottomans, and then resettled in the early-to-mid 1700s by mostly-Slovak immigrants. Unfortunately, nobody kept track of exactly where all the settlers came from; other than a few lists of escaped serfs who were the subject of lawsuits between landowners, there are basically no records of the prior lives of Szarvas's residents. My maternal-maternal-etc. line lived in Szarvas, so that's what I know about, but there are other towns like it scattered all over Hungary.

My maternal-paternal line is the other extreme: they lived in the Csallóköz (which is sort of a large island in the Danube between Vienna and Budapest), and they were about as purely Hungarian as it is possible to be -- but that entire area is now Slovakia.

I also have a large helping of Hungarianized German townspeople from places that are now in Slovakia (Losonc, Eperjes, Kisszeben, Gömörpanyit), a bunch of Slovaks from the valley between Besztercebánya and Zólyom, and my illegitimate great-grandmother's unknown father from somewhere in what is now south-central Slovakia.

(What they all have in common is that they were Lutherans. Well, except the Hungarians from Csallóköz; they were true thick-necked Calvinists.)

So definitely count me in: I have Slovak roots both geographically and ethnically. (But I will never be able to wrap my brain -- or tongue -- around the language. It uses consonants as vowels.)
ago by J Palotay G2G6 Mach 4 (41.8k points)
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My father's side is all Slovak as far back as I have been able to trace it (back to the 1700's on some branches). I don't have my full tree added here yet. I'm just adding a few profiles at a time and working on cemeteries and other things on WikiTree in between.

I already joined the Slavic Roots Project. I also asked to join the Slovak Roots Project in December but I'm not sure that it was active yet. So please include me if I wasn't added then! Thanks!
ago by Anne Svihra G2G Crew (800 points)
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I consider myself to be 7/8 Slovak as seven of my great grandparents lived in what would be considered to be present day Slovakia.  One of my lines was a shepherd, so I am very familiar with difficulties and frustrations of these records, many dependent on what the priest decided was important to record.  There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a marriage record with no parents listed, particularly when that is the last clue to work back another generation. Especially when there are multiple families with the same names having children (with, of course, the same given name) born within close proximity.  

I already have a sticker for the Slavic Roots group, but do not have one for Slovak Roots.  I was not aware that was available until I read this post.  I am interested in being included and thank you for that opportunity.

ago by Barbara Geisler G2G6 (7.8k points)

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