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Discover the cemeteries of Slovenia

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 15, 2021

As part of the Geneanet project “Save our Graves” launched in 2014, more than 3.5 million graves have already been photographed and virtually rescued. This project of international importance is very popular in Slovenia where some passionate members have uploaded more than 90,000 pictures of graves from almost 280 cemeteries!

Historically, the territory of modern-day Slovenia has been part of many different states. In 1991, Slovenia became the first republic that split from Yugoslavia and became an independent sovereign state. Slovenia is a member of the European Union since 2004 and it has about 2 million inhabitants.

For several months, some passionate members travel across the country to take pictures of graves of Slovenian cemeteries (there are 1,200 cemeteries in Slovenia), to upload them to Geneanet, and to allow everyone to indexing them, for the greatest delight of genealogists. Many thanks to jkosir (he has photographed more than 50,000 graves by himself!), rajkoerzen, ldrame, fflorjan, srdrodoslovje, janapa, vidmarmartina1, tinomamic, doberdan1, and kopitar for participating to this project!

Pokopališče Žale, the most important cemetery in Slovenia

Among the cemeteries uploaded to Geneanet, there is a part of the Pokopališče Žale, the most important cemetery in Slovenia, located in Ljubljana, capital of the country. The project is in progress and new pictures are added every week. More than 150,000 people are buried in the Pokopališče Žale, built in 1906 and extended several times. There, we can find many famous Slovenian persons like architect Edvard Ravnikar (1907-1993), historian Bogo Grafenauer (1916-1995), and sociologist, diplomat and politician Katja Boh (1929-2008).

Indexing graves

The collaborative indexing allows every Geneanet member, all over the world, to find graves of their ancestors. To participate, please click “Projects” and “Collaborative indexing” in the menu bar, click “Select a geographical area” then select a Slovenian cemetery (of course, information given on the graves are in Slovene language).

The collections marked with a red icon are to be reviewed, which means that they have already been indexed but that it needs to be verified, and maybe corrected. The collections marked with a green icon are not actually indexed.

If you can’t read a grave, click “Skip this document”. If you are not sure to have correctly read an information, click “Ask for a review” and another member will have a look.

Thanks to everyone for participating!

Please comment if you have Slovenian ancestors and share the fascinating discoveries you have made thanks to Save our Graves.

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1 comment

To my knowledge I do not have any relatives in Slovenia altho I think I do have married relatives with partners who have families in Slovenia. I don’t know that they know when or where or who.


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