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Research: Slovak Ancestors-Part 2
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Throughout history Slovaks have been noted for their deep sense of family and community. If you are searching for your Slovak ancestors, networking with others can be a great way to gather information, share stories and solve common research problems. The missing piece of your research puzzle could be hiding in a small-town Slovak parish, a national fraternal organization, a local historical or ethnic society, or perhaps in other unusual and interesting places.

This class will continue on from the basic research class, with emphasis placed on going beyond your own personal genealogy to form a mutually beneficial community-based research protocol through networking with other researchers and participation in professional groups, societies, village-based associations, etc.

A comprehensive traditional and online reference list will be provided. Suggestions for additional resources will be encouraged and welcomed!

Publishing and sharing information and research data with others will also be discussed in detail.

Course Content

Module 1

• A Glimpse at Slovaks around the world
• Slovaks Living Abroad
• How to Locate 'Cluster' Communities
• A Good Place to Begin: The 1990 U.S. Census
• Slovaks in Canada
• U.S. & Canadian Maps
• U.S. Census Records
• Federal Census Records
• Brief Facts:
• Why is it Useful?
• 1930 Census Questions (Summary)
• What are the Major Differences from the Earlier Census Records?
• Soundex
• How to View the 1930 Census
• What You Need to Know to Find the Correct Census Record
• Sources for Obtaining 1930 Addresses
• Other Census Finding Aids
• Soundex Converter(s)
•'s Every-name Index 1930 Census
• Online Finding Aid
• Key Things to Look for
• Digital & Online Census Records
• Immigration Records
• Search Tools
• Another Tool: Edward Rosenbaum
• Why Use EIDB Permutations?
• Local Newspapers
• Slovak Churches: Rich Repositories of Information
• Web or Telephone Directory Searches
• Contacting the Parish Priest
• Visiting the Parish Cemetery
• Attending Church Functions
• Analyzing, Interpreting and Organizing Your Data
• Ellis Island Manifests
• Analyzing data
• Interpreting data
• Overview of Slovak Traditions
• Recipes
• Religious & Social Customs
• Weddings (Marriage)
• Births (Baptisms/Christenings)
• Death (Funeral/Burial)
• Other Traditions
• Identifying Community Celebrations
• Slovak Festivals & Other Events

Module 2
• Internet Research
• Cyndi's List
• Google
• New Info/Search Features for Google
• Everton's Family History Network
• Other Websites
• Meta Search Engines, etc.
• Traditional Research (Society lists & Publications)
• National Organizations
• Other Groups
• Finding a Local Chapter
• Slovak (Eastern European) Conferences & Local Meetings
• The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)
• The Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)
• The Society for Czechoslovak Arts & Sciences (SVU)
• Other national groups
• The National Genealogical Society (NGS)
• Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
• Benefits of attending such conferences
• Other Slovak Websites
• Colleges & Universities with Slavic Languages Departments
• Language Classes
• Language Classes Available in Chicago
• Historical Societies & Museums
• Newsletters & Other Forms of Communication

Module 3
• Building on
Module 1
• Networking Protocols
• Web and Directory Searches
• Newspaper/Journal/Magazine and Other Publication Advertisements
• Message Boards
• Mailing Lists
• Classes
• Village-Based Associations
• Village-Based Associations: Should You Form One
• Funding issues
• Identifying a Core Group of Individuals
• Consolidating Research Projects
• Fundraising and Other Projects
• Sharing the Work
• Expanding the Circle to the Ancestral Village
• Making Contact with Relatives and Others in Slovakia
• Planning a Gathering or Reunion

Module 4
• Options for Publishing and Sharing Information
• Traditional print materials (newsletters, booklets, etc.)
• Electronic Publishing
• E-mail Lists
• Websites
• Public Website
• Private Website (
• Village sites: Milpos
• Revising & Updating Information
• Recruiting "New Blood"
• Keeping the Momentum Going
• Miscellaneous Resources

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