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Reliable Sources for Pre-1700 Slavic Profiles

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Project: Slavic Roots

This Resource space page provides an overview to sources used by the Slavic Roots Project.

Project volunteers are encouraged to use these sources on WikiTree profiles.

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Reliable Sources for Slavic Pre-1700 Profiles

The general reliable sources for your Slavic Roots ancestry for Pre-1700 Profiles are the same as any sources at any period in history. However, the amount of records for many countries listed under Slavic Roots are impossible to research because of archival restrictions or simply because of inaccesibility to the pre-1700 sources. Many locations gets harder to find with border changes, wars and destruction of records.

Basically, for Pre-1700 profiles, you want to find RECORDS like Church books, immigration applications, parochial censuses, vital records, Burial records, miltary certificates, ect. Also SECONDARY SOURCES are important like local histories, newspaper articles, obituaries, some written genealogies, nobilty records, census records, voter's records, directories, ect.

Microfilms from archives or digital images of records are avaiable from FamilySearch, Ancestry and various government websites.

Because the WikiTree Slavic Roots project is the parent project of many sub-projects, the circumstances of finding sources in these countries are limited exclusively per country. Please consult each Slavic Roots sub-projects for particulars of pre-1700 sources.


Reliable Sources with Conditions

  • User-contributed trees: Family trees published on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Geni, MyHeritage, Rootsweb, etc. If a tree cites sources, find those original sources and cite them.
  • Secondary EvidenceBiographical, memorials, historical journals, obituaries, published articles, ect. Double-check the facts and events by sources.
  • Published Family Genealogies with citation of sources. i.e.,original location of source, publication of source and year created, page numbers, certificate numbers, ect.

Unreliable Sources

  • User-contributed trees: Family trees published on FamilySearch, Ancestry, Geni, MyHeritage, Rootsweb, etc. If a tree cites sources, find those sources and use them.
  • Find A Grave memorials: Many memorials come without an actual burial place and burial details, and are in fact reconstructed from trees. These cannot be used as sources. Only those memorials with photographic evidence of the burial should be used as a source.
  • Published databases containing information of uncertain origin: There are a number of "records" collections available on websites such as Ancestry and MyHeritage (and in some instance formerly distributed on CD-ROM) that do not identify their information sources and in fact are built in whole or in part from doubtful publications and user-contributed content. These include the "Family Data Collection" and similar sources associated with Edmund West, the "Ancestral File," the "Millennium File," the "Pedigree Resource File," and "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900."




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