Peter Hawlina, the president of Slovenian Genealogy Society, has recently received thankful letter from Matt Perry (USA), who found his ancestors in an online database of marriages and index of birth records for Semič in Slovenia.
Without ever knowing me, you have helped me learn more about a branch of my family in a matter of minutes then I had been able to learn in the past 20 years. I cannot thank you enough for doing such great, and helpful work, by posting some of these Slovenian records files online!
My name is Matt Perry, I live in California USA, and my great-grandfather Josef Kambič and his twin brother "Matt" (who I was named for) were born in Slovenia about 1870. These brothers came to America in the 1880s. The only thing we knew about Josef and Matt's family was that their parents were named Stefan Kambič and Ana Maurin, and that, on one document at least, Josef had said his birthplace was "Mottling." We had given up getting any further with this family, until I accidentally found an amazing file online, at your website, of transcribed birth records from Semič area! To my surprise, in this list I found the following entry:Father-Stefan Kambic---Mother-Anna MovernFr Line Day Mo Yr Child Village House No.039 04d 10-10 Mai 1858 Stefan +30.9.1918 Praproce 3078 09d 4-4 Feb 1862 Maria Praproce 3122 top 15-16 Nov 1864 Anna Praproce 3199 02d 3-3 Apr 1869 Mathias & Josef Praproce 3291 09d 7-8 Aug 1875 Agnes Praproce 3
Here was the right family, and even the twins Mat and Josef! Finally, I had proof of the names of their parents, as well as the name of the village they lived in! Then, a second amazing thing happened: I found next the even larger and more amazing file of Semič area marriages, and this allowed me to follow my family back into the early 1700s, by simply working backwards through this list!
Anyway, my apologies for sending you this miserably long message. Surely I do need to do much more research on these people, but your text files have given me a real hope that Slovenian records will answer all of my questions! I did want to tell you how much I really have appreciated those text files you have put up online, and that if I am ever in Slovenia, or if you are ever in California, or if we ever meet somewhere in the middle, I will need to buy you several rounds of drinks to show my appreciation! Thanks much!!
Matt Perry (great grandson of Josef Kambič of Praproče, and Ana Šuklje of Metlika)