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?

Over 60 obituaries and death notices have been added or updated. Find links to them on the Obits page.


The Slaven Y-DNA Project results page and the extended results page were taken offline May 21 for an indefinite period. On May 25, new privacy rules of the European Economic Area took effect. While these General Data Protection Rules theoretically only affect residents of Europe, FamilyTreeDNA is imposing rules on ALL project members, regardless of where they live. For us to be able to display your Y-DNA results here at slavens.net, you must have the "publicly share DNA results" box checked on your account at FTDNA. This used to be the default, so all but six of our project members are set this way. But if you ordered your Y-DNA test in the last couple years, you need to change the setting. To do so:

  • Log on to your FTDNA account. Your "dashboard" should be the first screen.
  • Select the "Projects" drop down.
  • Select "Manage my projects"
  • Click the "Privacy and Sharing" tab.
  • Towards the bottom is "Project Sharing" and under it, "Group Project Sharing." Check the box that says "Opt in to sharing."
  • Click "Save."
As always, I'm glad to answer questions about the DNA project at FTDNA and here at slavens.net, whether it's about these Y-DNA changes or any other DNA question. The Y-DNA results page will be back after I've heard from the six, and after getting more feedback on what to do about the people with results from companies that are no longer in business.

We have the first descendant of Richard Harve Slavey/Slaven in the "Slaven Cousins DNA Registry," the listing of folks who have taken an autosomal DNA test from one of the companies and are looking for matches. And we've added another descendant of John Slaven of Highland County, Virginia. I'd like to see more Richard Harve descendants test, along with descendants of John Slaven from Garrard County, Kentucky, and Robert Slaven of Gibson County, Indiana. If, as some suspect, all three lines connect back to William Slaven of Pennsylvania/North Carolina, it's quite possible that a few will show distant cousin matches across the family lines. While that's reachine the limits of autosomal testing, such matches are possible. I have a half-dozen matches with whom the common ancestor is John Slaven of Highland County, a similar distance into the past.

If you have been tested by AncestryDNA, keep your eyes open for an offer from 23andMe for a free upload and reports. I uploaded my brother's data last week, and here's what we got: ancestral/ethnic composition, a count of how many cousin matches he has (i.e. 5 close family to second cousins, 1058 third and cousins, "many" fifth to distant cousins), and three minor wellness reports (muscle composition, saturated fat and weight, and sleep movement)-- and a sales pitch for buying a test. Knowing how many cousins you have at 23andMe, and getting a feel for their website, are nice benefits for the free upload, as is the ancestral composition.


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.

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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