Mick Kurimsky - january 2014
Michal Razus helped me find my ancestors after months of trying other channels. His work was excellent and done in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him as a resource for Eastern Slovakian Ancestry research.
Robert Klym, North Carolina
- family tree 2015 -
Michal Razus helped me tremendously with research on my mother's Slovak ancestry. He is friendly, professional, and well organized. Michal obviously has a wealth of knowledge and experience. My experience with him was a pleasure. I recommend him very highly.
My name is Michal Razus. I majored in Slovak history and litrature at University of Presov. I am a proffesional genealogist and tour-guide specialized in ancestral tourism. I have rich experience with archive research and family search. My results can be proved by many satisfied clients from the USA and Canada.
Regional representative of International Czechoslovak Genealogical Society and member of Slovak Genealogical-Heraldic Societ. Speaker on CGSI conferences St. Loius 2011 and Lombard 2013.
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September 2011 Elaine P., TexasI am delighted to provide a reference for Michal Razus. He made my trip to Slovakia a resounding success in all aspects--accommodations, travel, touring, and best of all, locating information about my grandfather's actual birthday and discovering possible living relatives.
I am delighted to provide a reference for Michal Razus. He made my trip to Slovakia a resounding success in all aspects--accommodations, travel, touring, and best of all, locating information about my grandfather's actual birthday and discovering possible living relatives.
A little background first: I had been researching my genealogy, and learned that my mother's father was born in eastern Slovakia. After many months of fruitless searching, I finally discovered that her mother's parents were also Slovak, but from a village that ended up across the border in northeastern Hungary. I began thinking about going to Slovakia to learn more about this heritage. In a Yahoo genealogy group, I saw references to Michal and some other people who offer assistance in finding relatives and/or visiting Slovakia. I didn't pursue contacting anyone at that time, thinking I would do more research myself for some future trip.
My mother passed away this summer, and after a month or two of dealing with estate matters, I decided that making a trip to Slovakia would be the ideal way to honor her. By that time, I had to really hustle to make all the arrangements so that I could go to Slovakia, to Hungary to see the town where mom's mother's family came from, and also to make a third stop in yet another country to visit friends--and all before cold weather set in!
I made arrangements for my air travel and for stops in Budapest, which I had visited before, and for a friend to take me to the Hungarian town where my family had lived. The last item I planned was my train trip into Slovakia.
At that point, I began to focus on the Slovakia part of my trip--and after checking websites of a few hotels, I began to feel that I needed help. I emailed Michal, and he immediately responded with a terrific suggestion that I stay in Presov instead of Kosice, since Presov would be closer to more of the towns I wanted to visit for genealogy reasons. He also gave me excellent recommendations for lodging options, and the pensione I chose fit my needs perfectly--very reasonable rates, friendly and helpful owners, great location, delicious food, and even a discount because he referred me to them!
Upon my arrival in Slovakia, Michal picked me up at the train station, got me settled at the pensione, and immediately began working with me for the next 5 days, and in that time we visited all the towns in which my ancestors had lived, complete with visits in each town to the local church, its cemetery, and even the priest or churchkeeper to discuss potential family connections with local residents. He also navigated the government offices involved in obtaining official vital records of my family members. (And just as he described the process, I recently received official notice that my records will soon arrive!)
Additionally, Michal took me to visit some families who are potential relatives through a first marriage of my grandfather's mother, a line which I have not yet researched. Even without a definite relationship, we were invited to visit and dine with the family, so Michal made it possible for me to experience real Slovak home life!
Michal's driving was excellent, and he pointed out landmarks along the way. Each day included stops at a castle or other feature, so touring the country was not sacrificed to genealogical goals. In addition to Michal's knowledge of obtaining family records, he excelled at selecting features of the country that I enjoyed--ranging from castles and museums to caves with stalactites!
I give Michal Razus my highest recommendation as a professional tour guide