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, "woodchip_2" <woodchip_2@y...>
> Hi, I'm Paul Andersen and I am helping my cousins look into their
> family, the side we do not share. I have done quite a bit of
> on my Danish ancestors. I hope someone here can direct me to some
> good resources or will have some knowledge about the surnames I am
> searching for.
> The best place to start seems to be with a Klement Blazina. He was
> born 27 Sept 1887 in Croatia. I found a record of his emigration to
> the US in 1903 - He came to someplace near Chicago to his father,
> (I think) Blazina. At some point, he moved to Virginia Minnesota.
> raised a family there with his wife, Elizabeth Polic. All their
> children were born in Virginia but I have no marriage record for
> Elizabeth was also born in Croatia (1 Oct 1892) and I have not been
> able to find her in the Ellis Island data. When Klement came, he
> appeared to be traveling with a companion whose last name was Polic
> and he was headed for the same city as Klement to meet his
> father-in-law Blaz Blazina. So, I suspect there was some family
> connection but I have NO information to substantiate this.
> Through my cousins, I made contact with a family member (descended
> from the sister of Elizabeth Polic) but he has not been willing to
> share any significant amount of information with us. I have non
> for the political and economic situation in that part of the worrld,
> perhaps someone could write a few words about that to give me a
> sense of his situation and why he may be reluctant to answer some
> Another cousin is interested in the surname Opat. I hit on a gedcom
> with some information but it appears to have some significant errors
> in it. I am lookng for information about a William Opat, born in
> Kralovitz, Pilsen, Bohemia about 1853. He apparently came to the US
> where he married Emily Lacina around 1882 in Iowa.
> Elizabeth and Klement are long gone, their children are dead or lost
> to Alzheimer's, so does anyone have anything that might help us?
> Paul Andersen
Hvordan har De det ? Danish
Hvordan har du det ? Danish [informal]
Ako sa más^ ? Slovak
Kako ste ? Croatian
Jak se máte ? Czech
S-R list does have one Croat researcher.
Am Slovak-Croat ethnicity and listowner CROATIA-L list.
>From the Late Latin name Clemens which meant "merciful, gentle".
This was the name of 14 popes.
Luka is given name Luke in Croatian, Serbian, Russian, and Slovene.
Ellis Island Records (EIR) list 222 surnames Blazina who emigrated to
In 1903, Klement, Croatian, age 16, had emigrated to his father's
(Luka)address in Hawthorne Chicago IL.
Klement traveled with Stephen Polic' whose father-in-law Blaz Blazina
lived at same address.
Luka Blazina had been in Chicago earlier for 4 years, again in 1910,
and again in 1922.
These Blazina surname bearers Last Residence was Hreljin, Austria
later Hreljin, Croatia. Probably they were born there as well.
Two Hreljin are located in Croatia,
One is located 53 miles SW of Zagreb, Croatia.
The other is located 76 miles WSW of Zagreb in northern Dalmatia
Since the Croatian telephone directory lists 60 surnames Polic' and 10
surnames Blazina under the latter Hreljin expect it is the correct
There are many Kralovice located in the Czech Republic.
In German the letter w is pron. v and letter z is pron. ts.
However, Kralowitz (G) Kralovice (Cz) is located 44 miles west of
Praha (Prague) and just north of Plzen (Pilsen), Czech Republic.
Opat, Opata is a Czech-Bohemian surname.