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?!

The AncestryDNA autosomal DNA test is on sale for $79 through January 26, 2017. Order at www.ancestry.com/dna2017.

Speaking of DNA testing, here's a link to a nice "Which DNA Test Is Right For Me?" e-book. It's free, although you have to provide an email address so that Family Tree University can add you to their mailing list. (You can always unsubscribe when you get the first email.)

A couple new entries have been added to the bookshelf page; one, the story of an Irish immigrant family that came to New York in the 19th century, the other, a short retelling of the Andrews Raiders story. New news stories and obituaries have also been added. Also note that the FamilyTreeDNA sale discussed below ends this week, so get your orders in!

Older News.
The Slaven DNA Project adds a new surname variation and a new country with a Sleven from The Netherlands. See his results on the results or extended results pages. Also, don't forget the sale on Y-DNA tests going on now-- info below.

Carol Slavens of Ohio serendipitously ran into the current owner of an old Slavens homestead in Pike County, Ohio, and shared photos with us. See photos from the Slavens Cemetery on the cemetery page, a page from the family Bible on the Bible page, and photo of the homestead and some family photos on the photos page.

I have received matches from MyHeritage for the DNA file I uploaded a few weeks ago. As would be expected, since MyHeritage's DNA product and uploads are only a few months old, I don't have many matches. I have not had the time to look at the matches in detail. Maybe in the coming week...

Thanks to Joellen Brown for transcribing some news items and obituaries, and sharing them with the website. We always welcome such contributions! For privacy concerns, we shy away from obituaries less than 60 years old, but otherwise are open to most anything. Thanks again, Joellen!

Autosomal DNA Testing.

First, new lower pricing on the "Family Finder" (autosomal) DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA-- now just $79, after being priced at $99 for the past several years. This is a new standard price and not a sale. If FTDNA stays at $79 with their test, I would hope that Ancestry will ultimately lower their test's price as well. (You can also order the FamilyFinder and Y-DNA test combo at FTDNA, and ordering it through the Slaven DNA Project will get you a cheaper combo price. And as a side note, you do NOT have to have an Ancestry subscription to be tested by AncestryDNA. Ancestry has a "guest account" feature which give people access to their results and matches, but-- of course-- not to the thousands of databases and millions of records that people pay for.)

MyHeritage now offers their own autosomal DNA product. MyHeritage is much like Ancestry-- a database and family tree oriented site, rather than just a DNA testing company. But unlike Ancestry, they also allow people who have had an autosomal test at one of the other companies to upload their results to match against others in the MyHEritage database. You do not need to be a subscriber to MyHeritage to take advantage of this upload matching.

Second, after kicking the idea around all summer, we're launching the "Slaven Cousins DNA Registry," an autosomal DNA test registry, similar to the existing Slaven DNA Project. You can find an information page about the testing and the registry. The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry at the moment has just my information, so all you folks that have taken the Family Finder, AncestryDNA, or 23andMe DNA test, send me your information!

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!

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