Welcome to the Slaven Genealogy Exchange! Our purpose is to be a central location to collect and exchange information for Slaven, Slevin, Slavin, Slavey, and other surname variations. As a registered one-name study, the scope of this exchange is world wide. We hope there's something here for the beginning genealogist, the old hand, and the merely curious!
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What's New?


The sales for DNA Day (April 25) are underway...

AncestryDNA: $59 (autosomal)when ordered at Ancestry. As of 10 a.m. this morning (Friday, April 20), the sale price wasn't offered at Amazon-- but if you have a Prime membership, check there in case the sale price kicks in so you can get free shipping as well.

Family Tree DNA: FamilyFinder (autosomal) $49; Y37 $139; Y-67 $209; Y-111 $289; plus discounts on mtDNA.

LivingDNA: $79.99 (autosomal DNA; currently no cousin matching)

MyHeritage: $69 (autosomal)

23andMe: $69 autosomal, $139 autosomal + health


What does a less successful boxer, brother of the famed Frank "Paddy" Slavin do at age 65 and too old for the ring? He markets a baldness cure. Thanks to Frank Slavin descendant Nancy Newham for sharing.


Two more Civil War letters are being shared through this website, one from Medal of Honor winner Samuel Slavens, and one from his brother Reuben. Thanks to Linda Thompson for sharing. If you have old letters, Civil War or not, old photos, clippings, or other items you'd like to share with others through this webites, drop me an email!

Older News.
Slaven Y-DNA Project members - if you changed email addresses, please update your email at FamilyTreeDNA (if that's where you tested) and let me know as well. I sent a mass email about autosomal DNA testing and about ten email addresses were bad. If you've forgotten your FTDNA login information, I can probably help with that.

If you have taken an autosomal DNA test, like the AncestryDNA test at Ancestry (they reportedly sold 2.7 million of them during the Christmas 2017 season!), FamilyFinder at FamilyTreeDNA, the Ancestry test at 23andMe, or the DNA test at MyHeritage, please consider sharing your information with the Registry. The idea is that your unknown cousins may be considering taking a test, and if they find your entry here it could encourage them to test, and test at the same company! (While cross-company matching can be done by uploading results to GEDmatch, not everyone does so.

About this site

Real Genealogy - Not Just Links This is a private, noncommercial educational site for the free exchange of information. It is not associated with Ancestry, Rootsweb, MyFamily, or any commercial site. (That means no banner ads, no pop-up or pop-under windows, no unsolicited email!)

All content on this site is believed to be compliant with U.S. copyright law and Fair Use provisions.

Because the site is an outgrowth of my personal research, it's tilted towards the Slavens surname. But that's easily fixed-- contribute your Slavin, Slevin, etc. data for the site! Here are some of the types of information that you can share:

Census transcriptions Census returns can be a gold mine of information for both the beginning and the experienced researcher, but many people don't have easy access to films. Finding your family in a transcription here makes requesting a film or a lookup much more worthwhile, so won't you share? We need people who have access to their state's Soundex indexes and are willing to transcribe the Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. entries! It's S415 and you'll see about 20 Sullivans for each Slaven.

Biographies and reminiscences Share the bios from county history books, reminiscences from ancestors, old family letters, your own memories, the family history that was written for a reunion decades ago...

Obituaries Transcriptions of obituaries and death notices.

Photographs Share family photos, or photos of grave sites. Photos continue to be the most popular items on the site.

Links Do you have or know of a family-related site? Does a GenWeb county site offer information on a branch of the family? Share it here!

Other help! Other information that doesn't fit the categories above is also welcome.

All corrections, suggestions, criticisms, etc. are welcome too! Be sure to put Slaven, Slavin, and something meaningful in the subject line-- I get tons of spam so an email with no subject or "Hi!" will probably be deleted unread!

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