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?!

Perhaps my lack of energy these past months was because the sarcoma that was removed last November had metastasized before the surgery. Two nodules were found in my left lung on Sept. 11, and they were removed on Sept. 26. I'm recovering nicely. I'm taking at least the next week off work for my recovery, so I hope to devote a day to adding some updates to this website, like finishing that blog post about James and Benjamin Slavens that's been about 80 percent complete for months...

There is a new blog post about my health and this website. (Spolier alert: it should be around for years to come.)

Older news...
I'd planning on announcing this anyway, but now's a good time since I'm not pounding out many blog posts-- I'd welcome guest submissions to the blog. They would need to be generally genealogy related. Maybe you have a research problem that you'd like to detail, laying out the sources you've checked, the discrepancies you've found, your thoughts on what may be missing. For example, I intend to get a blog post together discussing whether Isaiah Slavens is buried at Union Chapel, where his marker is, or at Brick Chapel, in Putnam County, Indiana. Maybe you've had a family reunion that brought together unknown cousins, or you've visited an old family cemetery or homestead. Contact me with your ideas. Thanks! And contributions for other parts of the web site-- photos, bios, obituaries, etc.-- are always welcome as well!

Older news...

I finally got a new blog page published. It's all about pioneer aviator James J. Slavin. James was born in Pittsburgh, lived in Cleveland as a young man, and flew a biplane in Los Angeles when aeroplanes were a great novelty.

I've introduced a blog. The first two posts are up, an introduction and a feature on my great-great-grandfather, James Slavens of Hnedricks County, Indiana. I welcome comments; please email me, as I haven't turned on the "comments" feature of WordPress, after hearing horror stories of spam and obscenties. I'll research tools to make comments more secure and get them turned on soon.

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
7018 Airline Ave.
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.
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