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 Betsy Nosse of Shaker Heights, Ohio.