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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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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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My Sabol ancestors in the 1869 Magyar Census

I recently came across census records from January 1870 providing an amazing snapshot of life in the small Slovak village of Trebejov. My great-grandfather Andrej (Andrew) Sabol was born there in 1872. The records were part of the 1869 Magyar … Continue reading

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A snapshot of Trebejov from the 1869 Magyar Census

On January 15, 1870, a census taker named Kalmány came to the small village of Trebejov in the region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire known as Upper Hungary. He was hired to collect information for the 1869 Magyar Census, an ambitious effort to … Continue reading

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The other Andrew Sabol

When I started researching my great-grandfather Andrew Sabol through census records, I kept tripping over another man with the same name, living in the same town and roughly the same age. To make things even more complicated, both men married … Continue reading

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