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?!

Retirement is grand, except there's still not enough hours in the day. I keep thinking of more and more things to do, mainly things to do around the house. But I have had a chance to do some work on the website:
  • 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.

It was wonderful meeting a Slavens cousin at the Iowa Genealogical Society fall conference. Jeanine Wichman is a descendant of Nancy Slavens Dean, the oldest half-sister of my great-grandfather, William Slavens.

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& this summer. 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.

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!

snail mail Larry Slavens
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Des Moines, IA 50322
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About me
I'm a software engineer for a company in the Des Moines suburbs. Besides genealogy, I'm also involved with collie rescue. I'd love to spend much more time working on this website but until retirement in 5 years or a lottery jackpot win, it's going to have to remain a hobby... Hmm, going to need to update this next week!
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