Twin Cities Slovenians Meeting
March 17, 2012
Welcome: President John Zakelj called the meeting to order.
Attending: Approx 25 Members were
Music: Mary Ann Palmer, accompanied by Rich Samec on the accordion, had
the group sing along to the song: Pojdem
Treasurers Report: Mary Ann Setnicker
reported the group has 1920.23 to date in the fund.
Minutes from Previous Meeting/Board:
Fund Raising: Jean Rolstsad has
aprons and dish towels for sale. Brought
all samples to meeting, can be customized with special Slovenian names, colors. Place orders now for Christmas as she has
time during the summer. Fall will be too
busy and a bit late. Dish Towels: $12
and Aprons $15.
Other: John just
received a copy of the book: Padre Pedro
Apostle of Hope by J.M. Silveyra. It’s about
Father Peter Opeka, a Slovenian missionary in Africa. His mission is to help
people to become more self sufficient. It also tells the story of his Slovenian parents,
their flight during the war and subsequent emigration and current life in
Jenny Mayer recently
went and heard speaker Eleanor Osman. She is from the Range and is available for
free speaking engagements. She promotes her Finnish Cookbook, which she
sells at the meetings. There is a great
section on Iron Range cooking in this book.
reminder about Lending Library for members
continues to make connections in regards to Father Baraga. He recently located a genealogy book on him.
Presentation: (DVD is attached) Chuck Podomonic has travelled to Slovenia over 5
times, with each visit lasting about a month each. Each visit was in regards to Slovenian Genealogy.
Why an Interest? The desire for continuity. Most families never talked about the old
country, everyone was just a ‘relative’.
Chuck shared a story about finding a letter in his dad’s belonging and which
was the start of finding long lost relatives and his genealogy research.
Chuck gave some
There are some great handouts available for members, along with a
DVD of the presentation for the Board and website.
your search by Birth Place and dates of marriages/and or birth.
- Use Local Genealogy searches and USA Slovenian
Genealogical Society. Use father
lineage/mother lineage or both.
is the next step in your search. Good
resources include the archbishop archives in Ljublana and/or Maribor.
- Some good tips when researching in Slovenia include: get
an address of the house and the census records can let you know who lived
in the home along with possible family stories.
- Records may or may not be legible or in different
languages. Take many pictures of
these records .
- Some roadblocks you may encounter include memory loss,
wars and language difference, travelling, surnames and Americanization of
After presentation a lively question and answer session involved
all members, with members sharing websites and ideas.
Yvonne McComber brought items for the free raffle for all
members. 6 lucky members received Girl
Meeting Adjourned at 11:45 am.