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?

Watch for sales on DNA tests in the coming week for DNA Day (April 25) and Mother's Day (May 12 in the U.S.).

23andMe has their comboniation ancestry and health test on sale for $30 off ($169) through Mother's Day.

MyHeritage has their DNA test on sale for $59 ($20 off), plus free shipping if you order two or more kits. Sale ends April 28.

Ancestry has their DNA test on sale through April 25 for $69, which is $30 off the regular price.

LivingDNA has their test on sale for $59 plus shipping; I didn't see an expiration date but one would assume April 25 or 26 since it's a DNA Day sale. LivingDNA is more focused on the UK/Ireland/Europe, as the company is based in England, and claims to provide more detail and accuracy for locations of origin for those with a UK/Irish background. I've ordered a kit and will report here on my feelings about the results when they arrive in a few months.

FamilyTreeDNA has sale prices on both new tests and upgrades.

TestReg. PriceSale Price
FF and Y-37$248$173
FF and Y-67$347$243

Upgrades to the Big Y-700 test for anyone who already taken a Y test are on sale, as are Y-DNA SNP packs and the full mitochondrial DNA test.

Attention Richard Harve Slaven descendants.
The Oneida (Tennessee) Independent Herald had a nice story on the (former) No Business community, and Richard Harve Slaven and a few of his descendants. It's probably not news to family who still live in the Big South Fork area, but it appears to be a good overview for the general public. You can find it here. A quick scan of used book sites don't come up with any copies of Dusty Bits of the Forgotten Past, which is mentioned in the story.

Ancestry has released some new DNA tools. The most interesting tool is ThruLines, which-- among other things-- harnesses other trees to bridge your tree with "stubby" trees of your DNA matches. This looks to be a great way to make contact with formerly unknown third or fourth cousins who may have family history or photos that you don't. Here's a video from RootsTech where Christa Cowan discusses ThruLines and the other new Ancestry features, and here's a blog from Leah Larkin discussing ThruLines, and a blog from Roberta Estes that goes into the benefits and pitfalls in more detail. Roberta also blog about clearing your browser cache and/or cookies as that can impact whether you see the new Ancestry features.

We have a new "cousin" in the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. Ask your new matches with Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, etc. in their family tree to join us!

A couple dozen Missouri obituaries have been added to the obituary page.

Older News.

Holiday DNA sales are over, but over the next couple months hundreds of thousands of people will be getting there test results. If you haven't sent me your information for the The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry, do it now! If you have, encourage your matches that have a Slaven(s), Slavin, Slevin, Slavey, etc. in their ancestry to send their info.

Ray Slavens has sent some family photos to share; you can find links to them on the photo and cemetery pages. He also sent some obituaries, which will be added shortly. If you're adding a photo or obituary to your family tree, why not share it with everyone through the Genealogy Exchange!

Even more "cousins" have been added The Slaven Cousins DNA Registry. We're getting a nice grouping of late 19th century County Donegal Slavin/Slevin families. There's no reason we couldn't have similar groupings for other Irish counties, other locations around the world, or branches of a family-- just submit your DNA information, and encourage your matches with Slaven/Slavin/Slevin/etc. ancestry to submit their info!

I've been tweaking the pages so they should load "securely" with the little padlock icon in your browser's address bar. The site doesn't use cookies, doesn't have any login or password required, it's just a simple site. If a page doesn't show the padlock, it's probably because the call to a photo or other graphic on the page isn't being made via https. I'll be looking for such pages over the next few weeks.

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, 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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