The Republic of Slovenia is a young country by global standards, having been independent since 1991. The decision on a completely independent country was confirmed at a plebiscite in December 1990. And in 2004 Slovenia joined the European Union.
First independent 25 years of the Republic of Slovenia have already become a history. But there is much more to discover about the history of Slovenians, who settled in this part of central Europe in 6th century.
The scope of this topic is to bring forward ascertainment of history and national heritage: less about individuals and more about the nation. Welcome those Slovenes around the world and all others, interested in this piece of Europe. Genealogists are gathered to:
- Slovenian Genealogy portal (rodoslovje.si), Slovenian Genealogy Society home page and related links in Slovenian language)
- Glossary of Slovenian Surnames and Slovenian Genealogical Index of family names, first names, dates and places of birth
- Slovenian Genealogical Gazetter (subscription, slovensko)
- Forum and other Genealogy links
- Slovenian Genealogy Society International
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Former Slovenian Consul General Dr. Zvone Žigon spoke at the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Slovenia celebration in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. He presented proclamations to Rose Marie (Macek) Jisa, president of Slovenian Genealogy Society International SGSI and Douglas Elersich, leader of the Zarja Singing Society, the oldest Slovenian choral group in the world outside of Slovenia, who has been delivering stellar performances since 1916.
Web treasures of Janez Bizjak, Miran Bremšak and other field researchers of Slovenian Alps. They have been visiting hills and mountains for 30 years. Lately together with a group of archaeologists, documenting what they have discovered so far. In particular many remains of the surface mining of iron ore 3000 years ago, then megalithic and other prehistoric reminants from 5-6000 years ago. Megalithic circle below Krn in Alps is Slovenian Stonehenge, about which many books were written. Despite these are all just guesses, such round formation of stones at 1000 m above see level might served for rites, treatments, observation the moon and the sun. Some photos are available of the remains of iron ore sites, tools, pottery and other objects, found nearby, including very simple floor plans of buildings.
Ljubljana is incredibly social. People look after each other, and make sure nobody’s left out. Here are some projects that are as inspiring as hip: Fair trade coffee, thrift shops with fancy recycled products (!) or local food prepared by people with special needs. This is an important concept that any (European) city can learn from: practicing inclusion in every area of life.
Ljubljana [ljuˈbljàːna] is the capital of Slovenia. People believe that its name developed from "ljubljena" [ljuˈbljeːna] - the loving one
After stumbling on a wall from the Roman period that nobody knew existed, archaeologists overseeing constructions works on Ljubljana's main avenue have came across another exciting find from Roman times. They uncovered a well preserved grave from the first century A.D.
Roman Emona remains found in Ljubljana; more news:
The permanent archaeological exhibition on the ground floor of the Most na Soči primary school reveals the history of the area and of archaeological research that has been underway here for over one and a half centuries.
The exhibition expresses the importance of the Iron Age St. Lucia culture, named after St. Lucia (the former name of Most na Soči), as its economic and cultural center.
The exceptional architecture of the Soča river area is presented in situ, with well-preserved foundations and a wooden reconstruction of a Hallstatt house. The building, which was due to its length named "the Long House", reminisces of a part of Iron Age architecture of a prehistoric village that already evidences select rudiments of urban planning.
In the immediate vicinity of the museum and in the eastern part of the village, one can find the foundations of a 3rd century AD Roman atrium house excavated during research conducted by the Gorica Museum.
In January 2015 the Slovenian Genealogy Society has started celebrating the 20th anniversary with a lecture by archaeologist Miha Mlinar from Tolmin museum about great heritage in this part of Europe since prehistoric time.
Information about museum, archaeological, ethnological, historical and art history colections, permanent and periodic exhibitions, cultural monuments, external collections and buildings is available.
The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) was organized in 1992 as an international organization to promote genealogical research in Eastern and Central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. They focus on the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Slovenia is mentioned among countries at the web site, but real contacts have not been established yet.
The Museum's basic mission is to acquire, document, preserve, research and promote materials related to contemporary Slovenian history. In addition to its exhibitions, the Museum also offers a variety of programmes for both children and adults. It carries out activities in the field of culture, education and research, collaborating with various institutions, and thus serves as a bridge between the general public and historical science. It connects the fates of 20th century Slovenian people and provides visitors with answers to questions about their own identity in modern times. The Museum also serves as a gathering place for groups of all kinds and as a place for dialogue and reflection.
A branch of the National Museum of Contemporary History in in Brestanica, where a Museum of Political Prisoners, Internees and Deportees can be seen.
Born in 1800, France Prešeren is not only Slovenia's national poet, but also arguably its most important cultural figure - with the nation's highest cultural awards bearing his name, as well as countless squares, streets and parks in virtually...
In case you have any experience with museums or art galleries, you can vote... What's the best museum in Ljubljana?
The renovated Museum of Post and Telecommunications, formerly housed in Stara Loka Castle, Škofja Loka, between 1985 and 2008, was opened in Polhov Gradec Castle.
The Museum of Post and Communications contains revised and updated exhibitions on the History of Post, the History of Telecommunications, Women Telephonists and Telegraphists, and Živa's Corner, which is intended for younger visitors. A temporary exhibition, The Beginnings of Mobile Telephony in Slovenia, was also opened on this occasion.
Photographic and cartographic material from the end of the 19th century to the thirties of the 20th century.
The area of the Slovenian Alps is the juncture of three large mountain ranges and sub-alpine plateaus. The area is criss-crossed with a number of well-marked climbing, hiking, panoramic and thematic trails. Read more at http://www.slovenian-alps.com/en/
Uradna spletna stran Slovenskega rodoslovnega društva
Slovenian Genealogy Society was founded in 1994 with the aim to bring together knowledge and experience of genealogists and transmission of values thereby obtained. Functioning of the members of society is nonprofessional. With the unselfish and voluntary work benefits have been generated that are offered for free use of other members and non-members. Association does not carry out research upon request. Research is carried out by some members for clients independently-on their own.
The main activity of the Society is reflected in regular monthly meetings. At these, members keep each other informed on current affairs and important experience gained. In addition to the monthly meetings some lectures or talks by invited professionals and experts are organized.
Society issues genealogical journal Drevesa (The Trees).
In the period 19/27 September 2013 SGS organizes Third Genealogy Conference with the American Slovenian Genealogy Society International.
Association of rural women from Prebold (Slovenia) has recently organised the 10th Festival of potica cakes, which took place on 22 and 23 March 2013 in Prebold, where the giant cake baked in the form of Easter potica cake was launched. Its diameter was of 158 cm. It was baked in a bakery Fijavž in Šempeter in Savinja walley, the main master was Andrej Voh.
The giant cake was officially measured and reported for entry in the Guinness Book of Records: it was in the owen for 4 hours, and could be stretched to almost 5 metres long cake. What were the ingridients spent?
10 kg of fine flour and 3 kg crisp flour 10 kg of nuts 70 eggs 9 liters of milk 3 kg of butter 3 kg of sugar 4 kg of dried grape berries and 400 grams of yeast.
Official measurements for the Guinness Book of World Records was held at the evening event - Festival of cakes in Prebold, 22 March 2013. The event was visited by famous Slovenian ethnologist Dr. Janez Bogataj, who is preparing a monograph on potica cakes.
On open call, who in Slovenia could make a large model for giant cake, responded Slovenian Society of Ceramicists and Potters and Pottery of Dobovšek Sebastian and Tatjana, who finaly made a giant model named St. Barbara's model.
The model manufacturing was not an easy task, either. Technological solutions have come up with an experienced potter Bostjan Dobovšek and Technologist Association Blaz Konc. Seven members of the Association on Saturday, 16 February 2013, gathered in Boštjan's workshop in Žalna, where they worked diligently throughout the day. They spend 230 hours of work for modelling and burning clay, which was then cared for drying. They have made 34 kg heavy model with the extent of over 490 cm. At the event on 15 March 2013 in Grosuplje the unique model was given to the President of Association of Rural Women from Prebold, Ms Danica Uplaznik.
For the tenth Festival of potica cakes can be said that it is the traditional event, organized by the Association of Rural Women from Prebold on Friday and Saturday before Palm Sunday. Functioning of society and ideas that attracts both competitors and visitors from near and far surroundings, is the great merit of Danica Uplaznik, the President of the Society, who is assisted by the Municipality Prebold. In the expanded competition in Savinja Valley 66 contestants contributed cakes and pastries. In 2013 competition a Professional Commission awarded 33 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals. You can see their master pieces at: http://zeneprebold.wordpress.com/prireditve/festival-potic/
The Straw Hat Museum carries out its mission through the permanent exhibition of the vast collection of straw hats, manufacturing materials and equipment, as well as copious documentation that includes photographs and pertinent biographical accounts. The museum safeguards and stores this collection, along with acquiring latest research, and disseminates the knowhow of making straw hats. It has now become a meeting place for people who see a particular value in the preservation of this heritage whose main function is to be a shared platform and an important element in strengthening local and national identities.
Dimkarovski, Ljuben, bone flute, trumpet - free listen online, download mp3, download sheet music
Mr. Dimkarovski plays a Neanderthal flute - world's oldest instrument (60,000 years) found in nowadays Archaeological Park Divje Babe in Slovenia (in the area of the Idrija and Cerkno hills), is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Early Stone Age in the world.Explore more:
Saturday, 8. August | About Slovenia Times The teamA series of events will be held on Friday to mark the 120th anniversary of the setting up of the Aljaž Tower, a storm shelter and a triangulation point standing on the summit of Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain.
Along with Triglav, the sheet steel storm shelter is a landmark of Slovenia and a symbol of Slovenehood. It was designed and erected by priest Jakob Aljaž (1845-1927), a trailblazer in the Julian Alps who purchases the piece of land right at the top of Triglav.
The tower and its immediate surroundings were proclaimed a site of national cultural importance in 1999, presenting a symbol of national pride along with the country's highest peak.
Jakob Aljaž (1845-1927) was born in Zavrh pod Šmarno goro (house name Bačnik). His father was a guardian of the church Šmarna Gora. Jakob attended school in Smlednik and from 1855 a high school in Ljubljana. He studied philosophy in Vienna, where he was a member of the Academic Society and Slavic Choir Association and a member of a secret Slovenian literary society around Stritar. Because of his father death and homesickness, he moved to Ljubljana and began studying theology. In the theological seminary he organized a choir.
In 1871 he became a priest and his first job was in Tržič. From Dobrava near Kropa he was moved to Dovje in 1889, where he remained a priest for 37 years.
His initiative for the construction of Slovenian mountain huts in the Triglav was first realized, when he set the Aljaz Tower on the top of Triglav (2,864 meters). He bought the land from the Dovje municipality for 1 goldinar and gave it to the Slovene mountaineering society. On 7 August 1895 at this point a metal tower was erected from 6 metal pieces (brought by man on the top) that were for free made by his friend Anton Belec. Inside he installed three chairs, visitor's book, coffee pot and a picture M. Pernhart Triglavska panorama. He also made Staničeva cottage, Triglav home on Kredarica, and home in Vrata (today Aljažev home). He marked a number of mountain trails.
His main message to Slovenian, Austrian and Italian society of WW1 times was: "Hatred does not bear fruit, in friendship life is beautiful."
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Usually local news is shared under this topic, but here is an exception: for many of genealogysts there is no opportunity to attend the global RootsTech conference in person. It is good to know that several sessions are streamed live on the home page of RootsTech.org. But if you missed that, you can still access recorded sessions, posted on the website for a limited time.
Among commercial exhibitors were also guys from WikiTree - the Free Family Tree. Wiki collaboration between genealogists will cost you only yours and your family data :)
In Slovenia there are also some experts skilled in genealogical research who do the job for you on request. But as far as I know there is nobody whose primary activity is conducting researches on a professional level. Sometimes experienced researchers might accept your request and charge you global tariffs. You will also find it useful to study the standards in various reference books when hiring a professional. It will be mutually beneficial if the contents and the range of research are precisely defined from the very beginning. The best way to start the research is to give all the basic information to the researcher you have hired. He will then look into the case and make plans for the research localizing the area and available sources.
Advices from one of the most experienced genealogists in Slovenia...
During Christmas holiday season a genealogist in me usually has more chance to be proactive in this passionate activity, spending more time on genealogy sites/forums and digging from databases. Two years ago I found some desperate letters, sent from Bill Proznik to an US forum with very few replies. He was searching for any information not only about his Slovenian ancestors, but specially for possible relatives in Slovenia to make contacts. He was stuck with basic data about his great-grandparents, who immigrated to US
Real case of discovering genealogical data of Andrew Praznik, who emigrated from Slovenia to U.S. in 1899.
Ethimologicaly Praznik/Proznik surname evolved centuries ago from a status: “a half-free man”, who might have a farm to produce some food for the family and feed for his animals, but he did not give products to the landlord. He used to serve in other manner and was not completely free from work for a landlord
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Slovenian Association Melbourne, the Association and Draga Gelt invite Slovenians of all ages and convictions to participate in the Essay and the Lego Competition. Dear Slovenians,Please participate and encourage your children and grandchildren to participate as well.Whether you are 1st, 2nd or even 3rd generation Slovenian, you are encouraged to write an essay entitled I AM A SLOVENIAN TOO
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The Soteska open-storage depot encompasses a collection of vehicles that as a whole do not convey any one particular message. Although visitors may find interest in particular vehicles, they all share just one thing in common: they do not qualify as a museum collection, with the exception of the wagon and carriage collection. Thus this open storage will remain the way it is now. Nevertheless the vehicle collection is constantly complemented and rotated. When the project for a museum exhibition addressing the whole history of road transport in Slovenia can finally be realised, the most distinguished examples of wagons and carriages will be moved to Bistra and give their place in turn to some other vehicles from the Bistra museum or Borovnica open storage – or maybe indeed some new exhibits. It is intended to install storage racks and increase the storage space to two floors. In the future we also intend to produce a more detailed presentation of the wagons and carriages collection together with their historical development.
The main museum collections of the TMS are located in the former Carthusian monastery in Bistra near Vrhnika. In addition to visiting the collections and participating in great many activities organised for children and adults alike, the visitors may enjoy a pleasant rest in a serene natural environment far away from the rapid pulse of urban life.
In the museums visitors can attend several workshops and demonstrations, through which they can truly experience the technical spirit of the past. All planned events you will find in Event calendar.
Impressive are elements of primary activities: hunting, fishing and timber manufacturing. Slovenia is rich in forests, rivers and water in general. In 20th Century the timber industry has been developed to saws and wood processing companies such as Inles, Lesna Slovenj Gradec, Liko Vrhnika with their chairs and many more. They have become part of the history, despite the fact that also today the wood processing industry is perspective... What a delightful models of terminals are presented in Rečica near Bled! It's time to learn from our history...
In 1991 Slovenia was along with several other European countries initiating events European Heritage Days - a joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
European Heritage Days are very popular in all the EU Member States of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe. The Days are organised each year, usually at the end of September on the theme chosen in the Member States at national level. In 2013 we are celebrating the centenary of organized protection of stationary and related movable and living cultural heritage in Slovenia. One hundred years ago the job started by provincial conservator for Kranjska dr. France Stele under the auspices of the Viennese imperial-royal Central Commission for the Protection of Monuments. This year's European Heritage Days program is dedicated to the anniversary by several events taking place from 28 September to 5 October 2013 in Ljubljana, Maribor, Piran, Brestanica and many other places in Slovenia.
First permanent exhibition Between Nature and Culture
The treasure house of Slovene and non-European heritage of the everyday and the festive
In the permanent exhibition the museum curators and researchers enable their stories to be told - the rich array of purposes for which our predecessors made objects, used them, and through time and space distinguised and changed their forms, driven by the universal striving after survival in the natural environment into which we were born.
See Ročnadela.org Online Archive of Slovenian emigrant handicrafts
Rose Marie (Macek) Jisa is president of the Slovenian Genealogy Society International (SGSI), Inc. whose purpose is to enrich the lives of individuals with Slovenian ancestry by helping them forge a link to the past.
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