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Six immigrant ancestors and the fault lines of World War I

To the day they died, I’m sure my immigrant ancestors remembered where they were when they learned of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, one hundred years ago. That calculated act of terrorism plunged the countries of their … Continue reading

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A visit to ancestral hometowns in Slovakia: Trebejov and Kysak

When I started researching my family history, I couldn’t tell you where any of my immigrant ancestors came from. Now, after a whole lot of sleuthing, I have many of my ancestral hometowns nailed down. I know exactly where my … Continue reading

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Preparing to visit ancestral hometowns in Slovakia

In a few days, I will be heading for eastern Slovakia. I have two goals for the trip: track down some elusive vital records at an archive in Košice (Slovakia’s second largest city); and pay a visit to the villages … Continue reading

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A snapshot of Kysak from the 1869 Magyar Census

In January 1870, a census taker named Kalmány arrived in the small rural village of Kysak in the region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire known as Upper Hungary (present day Slovakia). He was hired to collect information for the 1869 Magyar Census, … Continue reading

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Andrej Daniel, rolling stone

Life wasn’t always easy for Andrej Daniel, one of my four Slovak great-great-grandparents. Born in relative comfort, Andrej lost his father when he was a young boy. For the rest of his life, he moved from town to town, living … Continue reading

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Maria Daniel and the next-to-the-last journey of the S.S. Elbe

I think I found the record of my great-grandmother’s passage to America. If I’m right, she sailed to New York on the S.S. Elbe in January 1895. It turned out to be the last group of immigrants to cross over … Continue reading

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The half-brother who emigrated to America

Months ago, when I was perusing U.S. census records for my great-grandparents Andrew and Mary Sabol, I came across a relative named John Hovan. In the 1920 census, he was living in the Sabol household in Raritan, New Jersey. He … Continue reading

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