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Keeping track of the Sabols of Raritan, N.J.

My grandmother Anna Sabol was the second-born child of Andrej (Andrew) Sabol and Maria (Mary) Daniel, immigrant parents of Slovak descent. I always assumed that the other members of the Sabol family stayed behind in the old country and that … Continue reading

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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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Andrew Sabol’s final chapter

Tracing the life story of my great-grandfather Andrej (Andrew) Sabol has been a painstaking effort. But now I can write the final chapter. I first found Andrew (he used his English name after he emigrated) on ancestry.com, in U.S. census records for … 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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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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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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Talking family history with Aunt Nancy

A couple months back, I got reacquainted with my Aunt Nancy Agin, who was married for many years to my mother’s younger brother Harry. After their separation, I only saw her a few times. I can’t remember the last time … Continue reading

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