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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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Answers to old questions at the New Cemetery

In earlier posts, I have written about how hard it has been to learn very much about the lives of my four great-grandparents on my mother’s side – the New Jersey side – of the family. I know that my … 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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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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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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