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  • 31 May 2022 1:08 PM
    Reply # 12800102 on 10644948

    I have explored the possibility of establishing citizenship in Slovakia. Unfortunately, my great-grandfather immigrated to the U.S in 1902. My Grandfather arrived in 1903 as an infant. Slovakia was Austria-Hungary then and it would appear citizenship is not an option for me. I'm sick about it because we still have family there and I would be delighted to re-establish my family's connection to our homeland. It feels unfair that descendants of stateless people should be denied citizenship in the country in which their homeland now resides.

  • 24 June 2021 3:38 AM
    Reply # 10692796 on 10644948

    I'm a member of CGSI, but will probably not attend the Conference.

    Even though Ivan is fictitious I have DNA cousin matches (6 to 20 cM) to five Ancestry.com members with RUSINKO surname on their family trees.  My true surname is RUS(Z)NAK.  Will your presentation be available post Conference?

  • 23 June 2021 3:12 PM
    Reply # 10690867 on 10644948

    I am well aware of the changes in Transcarpathia over the years.  I will be doing a presentation for the CGSI Conference - "Ivan was born in Austro-Hungary, went to School in Czechoslovakia, was Married in Hungary, Worked in the Soviet Union, Died in Ukraine and Never Moved".  If you are attending the Conference check it out.

  • 21 June 2021 1:26 AM
    Reply # 10677218 on 10644948

    To Karen:
    Czechoslovakia was formed October 1918.  Between 1939 and 1945, it ceased to exist after invasion by Germany.  In 1948, Communists used a fake election to "govern" the country until 1989 when the USSR dissolved.

    Czechoslovakia became free again.  In 1993 the country separated into Czech Republic and Slovakia or Slovak Republic.


  • 21 June 2021 1:09 AM
    Reply # 10677068 on 10644948

    To Karen:

    Persons of Ukrainian ancestry told me Transcarpathia is North of the Carpathian Mountains.  Subcarpathia is South of the Carpathian Mountains. 

    Map of the mountains with present day country border outlines:

  • 20 June 2021 2:13 PM
    Reply # 10675014 on 10644948
    John Hudanish

    I am an American citizen living in Zvolen, Slovakia.  My mother's mother, Maria Demkova was born in Veľký Šariš  on 4 November 1883, and arrived in New York 11 November 1898 aboard the H. H. Meier out of Bremen, Germany,   She then proceeded by train to live with relatives in Perth Amboy, NJ.  She subsequently married and had children.

    I began my quest for a residence permit at the Slovak Consulate in Washington, DC.  They required a birth certificate from, plus my mother's death certificate and then my grandmother's death certificate .  I obtained both death certificates from the NJ State Archives in Trenton, NJ.

    A cousin  told me where my grandmother was born, so I went to Slovakia.  The pastor of the church there referred me to the State Archives office in Nižná Šebastova, which is immediately NE of Prešov.

    The staff of the State Archives provided me with a Rodný List  (birth certificate) transcribed from my grandmother's baptismal record on microfische.  This document entitled me to apply for a Certificate of a Slovak Living Abroad, which in turn entitled me to apply for a Temporary Residence permit.  I have been informed by the Alien Police that I must reside in Slovakia five years before I may apply for a Permanent Residence  permit.  I must reside in Slovakia eight years before I am eligible to apply for citizenship, although the Slovakia authorities may waive the prescribe time periods if it is deemed in the interest of the the Slovak Republic to do so.

  • 19 June 2021 9:36 PM
    Reply # 10671135 on 10644948

    Yes, you're right. As I noted in my original post, your ancestor would have to be from present-day Slovakia in order for you to be eligible. Especially if you are relying on a great-grandparent, that person might have been born prior to 1914 in Austria-Hungary. Here are a couple of articles about the current and the proposed new citizenship law.



  • 19 June 2021 9:46 AM
    Reply # 10668937 on 10644948

    I was just thinking about the year.  Czechoslovakia didn’t exist until after WW1 so it must be if they lived in what would become Czechoslovakia or Slovakia after WW 1.  I was just wondering if it would apply to those whose ancestors were from Transcarpathia.  I assume it wouldn’t because today it is not in Slovakia.

  • 19 June 2021 9:41 AM
    Reply # 10668905 on 10644948

    Doesn’t your a ancestor have to  have been a citizen after a certain year? Thought I heard 1914.

  • 18 June 2021 9:37 PM
    Reply # 10665352 on 10644948

    I've been more or less following the change in the law since I first heard about it. I just found out that the parliament put off finalization of the change till September, but it is expected that it will pass. The new law will allow citizenship by descent up to the 3rd generation - that is, anyone with a great-grandparent who was a Czechoslovak or Slovak citizen will be eligible. Some other countries (e.g., Croatia, Italy) also have the 3rd generation rule.

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