Yes, we all got many evasive answers.
So let's continue cataloging what you know. It can provide important clues
1. Greatgrandparents names. - given and surnames
2. Did they ever naturalize?
Draw up a chronology.
Please provide (or an approximation) of:
3. year of birth (date of death minus age)
4. year of immigration
5. Where did they marry - states or in Europe?
6. Where were the children born? given names? What years?
7. What kind of work did you GGF do?
Have you read http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/ancestral_village.htm
of these steps have you conducted?
It sounds like you may not have looked into:
- immigration files / ship manifests
- consulted the Family History Library? They have RC church records for
Once you provide this info, we can guide you into more specific directions?
From: capnkirk_93591 [mailto:capnkirk_93591@...
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Hello from a new member
Thanks for your input.
I am trying to build a family tree but I would also like to
meet/correspond with kin in the homeland.
I have researched the USA family back to the people that arrived in
USA. My great grandfather's children ended in California for the most
part. The main part of the family remained in Illinois and I have
their information back to the greatgrandparents which emigrated to
the USA. Unfortunately, they only know that the family came from
The family in Illinois are devout Catholics.
Languages spoken; English, don't know any others that might have been
Places lived: Streator, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado;
possibly other places in Colorado like Pueblo and Trinidad (I have
pictures that were taken in those places; Sacramento, California.
I checked with the Catholic Church in Sacramento and learned where
the historical records are kept and they did not have any record of
my mother or any other Kakara being christened. I hired a pro
genealogist to search for records of marriage and she found nothing.
I did learn that my grandmother's first husband married her after
legend had it that he was dead. It was also after their(?) daughter
was born. My grandmother died when my mother was 7 at the time and my
grandfather died when she was 17. When my mother asked about their
heritage, she was told by her aunts and uncles that "You are an
American." and that was that. Soooo..........
The family in Illinois doesn't have much information about Europe.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
, "Bill Tarkulich"
> Hello Kirk,
> Before you pursue any further self-flagellation, let's try to
> you're trying to accomplish here.
> Are you looking for relatives? Trying to build a family tree?
> John has also asked you a critical question. What research have
> conducted to-date? There are a lot of knowledgeable people here,
but we need
> some further guidance from you before we can assist in any
> Simply picking up the phone and calling (or writing) people with
> surnames is not recommended, without having done adequate research
> You'll likely end up calling unrelated people and blow your chance
> dialog. People move. Similar surnames are found throughout the
> There's no silver bullet here, although much of the information is
> fingertips. You have to put some time into doing the detective
> like everyone else on this forum who has been sucessful.
> You'll need to begin by identifying your ancestral villages. It's
> difficult to do. There are several stateside sources for this
> Most of us have started with little or zero knowledge too.
> I suggest you read this material first
> http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/strategy.htm - A research strategy
> http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/ancestral_village.htm - Identifying
> ancestor's village(s)
> You can bang your head later after you've exhausted these resources.
> It is also helpful to include in your reply some info about your
> Please approximate dates for: birth and immigration, marriage
> in Europe, Religion, language spoken, places lived.
> It is not suprising you have not found anything in US census. This
> snapshot of one day in time. Happens to a lot of us.
> Bill Tarkulich
> -----Original Message-----
> From: capnkirk_93591 [mailto:capnkirk_93591@y...]
> Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 12:26 AM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Hello from a new member
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "John M," <jmatsko4@c...>
> > At 05:31 PM 5/29/2004 +0000, you wrote:
> > >My name is Kirk Nitz.
> > >
> > >I am wondering if anyone is an expert or is familiar with Presov?
> > >
> > >My ancestors surnames are Kakara and Dzuresko and they are
> > >to be from Presov.
> > >
> > >Thanks for your time and this group.
> > I'm definitely not an expert on Presov but do have relatives
> > there. The Slovak online directory shows Anna Kakarova, in
> > about six other Kakarova and seven Kakara in Slovakia. I did not
> find any
> > Dzuresko in Slovakia but found two Dzuric^ko (pronounced
> > Presov. http://www.zoznamst.sk/eng/index.html
> > What have you done to date in trying to confirm their town, locate
> > arrival, etc?
> > John M.
> Thanks for the info.
> I am against a brickwall and my head is getting sore.
> Do you know how I can contact the Kakaras?
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