My name is Stefan and I am a Slovak professional genealogist. Your visit at my homepage shows that we have a common interest - genealogy.
It is fascinating to explore one's roots, to learn about the ancestors and the places where they lived. Naturally, not all of you have the opportunity to trace their roots in original and unique files over here in Slovakia. If this is the case, I would like to help you. I am specialized in Eastern Slovakia territory (Spis county, Saris county, Zemplin county, Abov-Turna county, Gemer county and Uz county), which was the part of Austria - Hungary Empire but I am able to help you in the other parts of Slovakia as well.
Since I was a teacher of history I can provide a valuable service and the worth connection between the Old World and the New World. The services I provide are particularly suited to the needs of persons interested in compiling a pedigree of their Slovak ancestor and requiring the highest quality of professional research. I work in old non-standard sources as well. They provide, in the words of my clients, extremely valuable genealogical information and documents.
You are welcome to have a look at my page and if you find there's anything I can do for you, don't hesitate to get in touch with a professional genealogist who put all his skills and experiences at your disposal in order to satisfy you.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Conducting research on your ancestors
Undoubtedly, you are acquainted with the parish records as well as birth, marriage and death certificates which represent the usual sources of genealogy. However, I am able to go deeper into such information, that is to say that I can find documents on your ancestors' every day life, whatever their social background. I conduct a research in the district archives, parish offices, churches, municipal offices and others institutions of Slovakia which save unique documents and information.
Compiling a family documentation
Birth, marriage and death certificates, census records, church and diocese records, military records, tax records, school records, property records, police records, landowner records, wills, passenger ship records, business records and more depending on the locality.
Searching the oldest documents
Have you finished genealogical research of your family? What are the oldest documents, which you have about your ancestors? Are they one hundred and fifty or two hundred years old? Would you like to have the older ones, which will be treasured, by you and your family for generations to come? I have a lot of experiences in looking for these documents.
Translation of the documents
I speak English, Russian and Ruthenian. I have working knowledge of Hungarian, Latin and German as well.
Finding living relatives
Have you a long lost relative who may now live in Slovakia? My tracing service successfully reunites families.
There comes a point in the research when most of us want to know more about the place where our ancestors lived, particularly if we are intending to write any sort of family history. A complete guide to your locality in Slovakia including maps, postcards, a description of the coat of arms, historical background of your locality, list of available records and books written about the area, articles photocopied from reference books, telephone directories and other information specific to the area.
Providing photographs and video
When you study the photos of your ancestors' home village you are transported to the heart of your ancestors' life. It will be a journey into past - the house where they spent their last years, the original stone wall from the house of their birth, church where your relations were married, the school, the houses and streets they knew, cemetery where they were laid to rest, the landscape they called home. These photos will became a part of you, and connect you to your ancestors and to their homeland in an intimate way, across the hundreds of years and the sea. You will receive very valuable thing. It will provide the missing link in your chain of family - the link that solders the broken place in your own identity.
If you plan to come to Eastern Slovakia to do research, ask for a professional means saving money and time. During your stay, I can come with you to the State district archives, parish offices, municipal offices, libraries, your ancestors' villages and make you benefit from my knowledge of the surroundings. This personal help will enable you to follow your ancestors' tracks in the best conditions.
Tracing missing heirs and beneficiaries
Often a situation arise where genealogical research is needed to locate missing heirs, next of kin to an estate. In intestate cases there may be no known heirs. In some testate cases there may be a legal heir who cannot be located, or who is deceased. I locate missing and unknown heirs for executors, administrators, attorneys, probate research firms, personal representatives and others. In each case, the proper documentation will be provided to establish legal descent.
I provide my genealogy services to individuals and organizations: universities (University of Alabama at Birmingham and others), societies, libraries, etc. My special services include genealogy lectures, assistance with writing books (genealogical, historical, dictionaries etc.), making documentaries, copying documents and books of my personal archive and others. My services and archive have been used for various genealogy projects together with next respectable sources as Steven Spielberg archive and others.
After the research is done you obtain professional report containing results, sources, special research maps and the suggestions for further research, if appropriate. Furthermore, you obtain material such as photocopies, photographs, maps etc., if ordered and available.
I try hard always to give the best I can to make an exceptional value for my clients.
Below are comments received, that prove the exceptionality of my effort.
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In case of your interest, you can ask for more references.
I GUARANTEE THE SAME HIGH QUALITY OF MY RESEARCH FOR EVERYONE!
Code of Ethics
In order to provide greatest confidence and efficiency a research usually takes the following steps:
1. You send me your request
Containing the target of your research (searching for ancestors, living relatives etc.), and as far as known: names, dates, and places regarding your "dead end". In order to determine relevant sources, the religious confession is also very helpful to know. Please provide as much information as possible to ensure that I do not spend time researching known facts. This may be gained from family documents or even just from family stories. All can help with pinpointing an individual. The response to your request does not cause any financial or other commitment. It is absolutely free.
2. I check for the research possibilities
Based on the information you give me, I conduct a preliminary research, to find out if there are relevant sources available, where they are kept, and check the chances for a successful research. If I feel a search is impossible or unlikely to yield a result I tell you so. It is absolutely free as well.
3. I make you a proposal
Provided that there are promising sources available, I send you a proposal containing details on what results can be expected, cost, and time schedule.
4. Your decision
Based on the proposal you are able to estimate results and costs, and take the decision whether to start a research or not.
5. I do the research
The duration of the research depends entirely on the amount of information you wish. You are always kept informed of the progress being made and how the fee is being spent.
6. You send me the payment
After the research is done, you obtain a brief summary on the results. Only then you are expected to send the funds.
7. You obtain the results
After I receive the funds, I send the research report including all attachments, such as copies of original documents, family records, photographs, maps etc. to you.
You can get in touch with me by mail:
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I am looking forward to hearing from you.
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This page was last updated: 6 January 2015
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