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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?!

A couple dozen news items and additional obituaries have been added.

We have a new participant in the Slaven DNA Project-- the descendant of an Irishman from County Tipperary who emigrated to Australia in 1856. He doesn't have any matches amongst our current project members, but he likely connects to the Slevin clan from the Borrisokane area. We'd love to see a member of that family join the project! (Hmm, I wonder if the Edward Slevin who came from Borrisokane to Des Moines, b. 1830 d. 1884, has any direct male descendants in my area?) See the extended results page for the values and family of our new Aussie participant.

I'm holding off on introducing the autosomal DNA registry/project for the time being. There's been a big dust-up between FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch, so I'm going to wait to see how that shakes out.

Older News.
Sorry for the lack of new content on the site since the first of the year. My sister-in-law is battling stage 4 breast cancer, and I have been helping my brother and sister-in-law daily. This has left no time for the website. I'll get back to it when I can. Here's what I got done in late 2015:
  • New content has been added, mostly news items and obituaries/death notices.
  • The blog pages are back.
  • The search box has been replaced with a search powered by FreeFind.
But there's still more to come:
  • There's been a blog post about 3/4 finished for months. I want to finish it and get it up.
  • I've got ideas for other blog posts, like questioning where Isaiah Slavens is buried, and an alternative explanation as to what may have brought John Slaven to America in 1740.
  • I'd like to figure out how to add an autosomal DNA test section to the Slaven project. This would be for the AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and FTDNA Family Finder tests. This will likely be some form of registry with the name of the Slaven/Slavin/Slevin ancestor, how many generations back, testing company, GEDMatch ID (if applicable), etc.
So keep an eye on the website! I'm looking forward to getting back to regular updates.


Older news...

Here's an interesting blog post about AncestryDNA's latest announcement about their autosomal DNA testing. Roberta is one of the leading bloggers and experts on genealogical DNA testing. I have nothing against autosomal testing-- I've been tested at both FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe, and have uploaded my data to GEDmatch. I intend to work up some kind of a &Slaven Autosomal DNA Project& for people who have had autosomal tests. But Roberta's blog should be mandatory reading for anyone thinking of springing for an autosomal DNA test after being swept off their feet by Ancestry's announcement. Update: Ancestry had their test on sale for $69 after Thanksgiving, so I have a test in the works at Ancestry...

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.com, 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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