The first thing to understand is the term genealogy. By definition, it is the study of the history of families and the line of descent
from one’s ancestors. It is the history of one’s genes which are our basic physical units of heredity. Our genealogy, therefore, is the
tracing of these basic units, the people of our ancestry. The most logical way to research our genealogy, our ancestry, is to use the facts
that we know and trace each line back into the areas we do not know. A line of descent is a family tree (or pedigree) tracing directly from
a specific ancestor, the root, up to the present or to a certain period of time, the branches.
How to start
To research METZENSEIFEN ancestry, you need to start in the present time with yourself.
Follow either parent’s line back to the ancestor who immigrated from METZENSEIFEN, noting the locations of all family births, marriages and
deaths back to the family’s immigrant. Clues can be found in obituaries and naturalization documents as well as birth, marriage and death records.
You can also locate and identify your first American ancestor by tracing your family back through the censuses. Often, censuses show only
the country of birth. However, certain censuses show the year of immigration. Some censuses show the year of naturalization. Using these
clues, you can search naturalization records and ship passenger records. The ship passenger records often show the closest relative in the
immigrant’s country of origin and may give the relative’s address.
If you have discovered that some of your immigrant ancestors were from Ober-Metzenseifen or Unter-Metzenseifen and
known as VYŠNÝ MEDZEV or MEDZEV and located in eastern Slovakia, you are in luck.
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (also known as Mormons) has been preserving various
records throughout the world, mostly through microfilming.
Currently, there is a very time-consuming effort to digitize all their records. Unfortunately, the microfilms
for Ober- and Unter-Metzenseifen have not yet been digitized. The microfilms for these two towns range in date
from as early as 1668 to as late as 1895. The microfilms
of the Roman Catholic parish registers include births and baptisms, marriages, deaths and confirmations of the
residents of the two towns. There is also a separate microfilm containing the history of the towns.
These microfilms can be rented through your closest Family History Library of the Mormon Church.
You can check their
locations on the Family Search website.
Possibilities of this site
The other option you can use as a help in your research is the Metzenseifen website. Through the hard work
and diligent efforts of many volunteers, a very large and comprehensive amount of information is available to
those who wish to learn about Metzenseifen and the mostly German people who have settled and populated it for centuries.
Check the tabs for
databases and others. They contain many beautiful
recipes and fascinating information, e.g.
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researchers as we continue to find connections with each other through our ancestors.