In historical records, the village was first mentioned in 1326 (1326 Gurtuatu, 1383 Kisfalud), when it belonged to Feledy feudatories. In the 16th century it suffered Turkish devastations. From 1938 to 1944 it was annexed by Hungary.
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia"
- Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1762-1897 (parish B)
- Reformated church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1786-1863 (parish A)
- Surnames of living people in Gortva
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