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A visit to ancestral hometowns in Slovakia: Obišovce and Žehňa

In an earlier post, I wrote about my visit to a cluster of small villages in eastern Slovakia where my Slovak ancestors – the forebears of my maternal grandmother Anna Sabol – once lived. On a beautiful fall day I set out … Continue reading

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Finding missing pieces of the puzzle at the Košice state archives

I recently traveled to Slovakia to research family history records not available in the United States. The records were part of a set supposedly available online. But due to a frustrating bureaucratic snafu, I have not been allowed to view … 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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Born in the time of cholera

I have had the opportunity to browse through a century’s worth of vital records from my great-grandparents’ church in Obišovce, Slovakia (then known as Abos, Hungary). At first, that meant setting up appointments to use a microfilm reader at the … Continue reading

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Old church records shed light on my Slovak great-great-grandparents

Each of us, as a matter of simple biology, descends from sixteen great-great-grandparents. When I started this research project. I didn’t know who any of them were. Ten months later, I can name eleven of them. My Polish great-great-grandparents, Bazyli … Continue reading

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A breakthrough on the Slovak branch of the family tree

One of the first things I learned from my research is that I’m one-quarter Slovak (through my mother’s maternal grandparents Andrew and Mary Sabol). But I couldn’t figure out where my Slovak ancestors hailed from – until now. Earlier this … Continue reading

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