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The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, all volunteers, are committed to govern the Society by preserving, promoting, and protecting Slovenian family genealogy.

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SGSI History

The Slovenian Genealogy Society International, Inc. is a self-help community whose common goal is to help members make use of available information to perform their own genealogy research. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, all volunteers, are committed to govern the Society by preserving, promoting, and protecting Slovenian family genealogy.

The Slovenian Genealogy Society International, Inc., founded in 1986 by Al Peterlin, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was established to preserve and make available records documenting the lives of individuals with Slovenian ancestry. Mr. Peterlin served as the President of SGSI for 20 years and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. During his leadership, he developed important preservation projects to fund the digitization of rapidly deteriorating pre-1900 birth, marriage, and death records housed in the Archbishopric Archives in Ljubljana. Also, he had important Slovenian books translated into English and published to benefit genealogy research. These include History of Kostel by Dr. Stanisla Juznic and the translation of August Dimitz' book, History of Carniola from Primeval Times to 1813.

Following in Peterlin's footsteps was Rose Marie Macek Jisa of North Royalton, Ohio. Rose Marie began her leadership role in 2007, serving a growing organization with an international membership. She has been instrumental in developing SGSI's Greater Cleveland Branch's Oral History Preservation Project, opening the Slovene Genealogy Research Center located within the Slovenian National Home's complex in Cleveland, Ohio, incorporating a Gift Shop within the Center, and acquiring more genealogy resources for members. Rose Marie is dedicated to SGSI's many important genealogy projects and continues to support the growth of regional branches. Her ultimate goal is making the SGSI Research Center the repository of all Slovenian immigrant family history. The current President of the Society is Jeff Dormish of Pittsburgh, PA.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Slovenian Genealogy Society International, Inc. is to enrich the lives of individuals with Slovenian ancestry by helping them forge a link to their past.

We Do This By

  • Providing a forum to help individuals of Slovenian heritage or interest to discover, research, and exchange genealogy information.
  • Preserving Slovenian genealogy records, publications, oral histories, and general information by housing and maintaining an ever-growing repository and providing the means to make this information available to all members.
  • Building a community where personal stories and experiences specific to the culture of Slovenia can be shared.

Charitable Status

The Slovenian Genealogy Society International, Inc. is incorporated as a non-profit, charitable corporation and has received the Internal Revenue Service approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This allows individuals, corporations, or other non-profits who make donations to the Society to deduct these donations as itemized charitable deductions for U.S. federal tax purposes.

Membership Benefits

There are exciting changes happening in Slovenia and here in the United States that facilitate the study of Slovenian genealogy. Genealogical research in Slovenia was once extremely difficult, but since Slovenia’s independence in 1991, doors are being opened and records are becoming available at an ever-increasing rate.

As a new member you will have access to SGSI’s community driven website, brimming with interactive tools and research resources. The following are just a few of the many membership benefits:

  • Social Media Collaboration- Searching for a village? Need help on the different spellings of a surname? How about exchanging Slovene recipes? Give our Facebook page a try.
  • Newsletter - The SGSI newsletter, The Linden Tree, is published four times a year and contains articles of genealogy research information, stories by fellow genealogists regarding their own research and travels to Slovenia, member queries and updates on the Society’s growth and direction. All archived issues from publications beginning in 1987 are also available.
  • Digitized Indices - The Digitized Indices is a section which provides links to all of the SGSI, Inc. transcribed indexed projects. Current indices available include, “Americans in America” by Trunk, “Master code list; Slovenian Church Histories in America”, Jubilee books, and drustva history books, to name only a few.
  • Surname Index - The Surname Index is a list of Slovenian surnames and geographic regions where these names are prevalent. Several members have found new relatives or links to their Slovenian ancestors by using this important research resource, which continues to grow each year.
  • SGSI Research Center - Our research center is a private research archive and is open by appointment to members of the Society only. It is located at the Slovenian Museum and Archives, 6415 St. Clair Avenue, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Center’s resources include; Slovenian books, pamphlets, Koledars, church histories, family genealogy records, photos, microfilms, and oral history records.
  • Slovene Book Translations - Issues of Novi Svet, Narodni Adresar, and other books have been translated and indexed for researchers and made available on the SGSI website.
  • Slovenian Letter Writing Guide - General research assistance is provided through the guide on how to draft a letter in the Slovenian language for requesting birth, marriage, or death records at the Archbishopric Archives in Slovenia. Slovenian word lists and additional phrases are also provided.
  • Local State Branches - Information is posted via the website covering important news and meeting dates/times for regional branches that may be located in your area.
  • Volunteer Opportunities - Members have a rare opportunity to meet and work with other genealogists with a special interest in Slovenia genealogy. You can share your skills in assisting the Society in its many projects to preserve our Slovenian heritage.

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