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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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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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Mary Sabol Sabol?

The only great-grandparent I ever met was my mother’s grandmother, Mary Sabol. According to census records, Mary was born in 1879 somewhere in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, probably in what is now Slovakia. She came to the U.S. in 1894 … Continue reading

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The Sabols of Raritan, New Jersey

My great-grandfather Andrew Sabol was born in November 1873 in Austria-Hungary. I don’t know the name of the town where he was born. I remember my grandmother telling me that her father’s family owned a limestone quarry near Vienna. If … Continue reading

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An amazing find via Google

In my recent post about my maternal grandmother, Anna Sabol Agin, I wrote about meeting my great aunt Hermina. So today I decided to google Hermina, thinking that the name is unusual enough that something interesting might turn up. Turns … Continue reading

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Anna Sabol Agin

Of my four grandparents, my maternal grandmother Anna Sabol Agin was the only one I ever got to know as an adult. Anna was born on September 13, 1904 in Raritan, New Jersey and she lived her whole life in … Continue reading

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