I, too, am leaning towards what Bohdana says. There are a lot of BRATKO immigrants coming from Galicia (today's southern Poland), which were populated with Lemkos (Rusyns living north of the Carpathians.) Often names that end in TKO are Rusyn/Lemko surnames.
> From: "Bohdana Badzio" <bbadzio@...>
> Date: 2004/08/09 Mon PM 12:17:55 EDT
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [S-R] Re: Surname help
> Hello Jerry,
> have you located the marriage record for Maria Bratko and Andrew
> Molchany, for example on an FHL microfilm? It should have information
> on the bride's home village, among other. If the Molchanys had lived
> in Jurske since 1800 and Maria and Andrew's son was born there, I'd
> say Jurske would be the first place to look for a marriage record.
> For Jurske, FHL has Roman Catholic church books for years 1768-1897
> and Evangelical ones for 1808 - 1906 <www.familysearch.org>.
> By the way, familysearch.org lists an International Genealogical
> Index (IGI) entry for MARY BRATKO, born 14 AUG 1883 in Zaborow
> Brzesko, Galizien Kroenlande, Austria, died 14 MAY 1954. Parents were
> ANDREW BRATKO and SOPHIE ANTOSZ:
> A Zaborow, in the vicinity of Brzesko, may be the one found now
> about 16mi North-West of Tarnow in Poland, some 45mi North of Jurske,
> and across the current Poland-Slovakia border. In 1991, there were
> 170 BRATKOs still living in the region of Tarnow, the gratest
> concentration of BRATKOs in Poland (www.herby.pl/herby/).
> This Mary would be, of course, too young to be your ggm, if the dates
> in this IGI entry are correct. On the whole, this is just a side
> note, as the accuracy of the IGI entries should not be taken for
> Bohdana Badzio
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, jwm469@w... wrote:
> > I am asking for help in deciding wher to try to look next. My
> great-grandmother Maria Bratko married my great-
> > grandfather Andrew Molchany (Molcsany/Molcanyi) around 1891shortly
> before he left for America. Their first son
> > Andrew was born in Dec 1892 in Jurske, Slovakia. (I have the
> Molcanyi family traced back to about 1800 in Jurske.)
> > I have been trying for 10+ years to find the village that my great-
> grandmother may have been from. There is no
> > information in the Ellis Island records on-line. In fact the link
> is wrong and it took me weeks to find the correct record
> > (which I have misplaced/mis-filed). I have been told that there
> were Bratko's in Bratislava. But I think that is too large a
> > city to try to find her.
> > Does anyone have any ideas where I might look? My gut tells me
> that she might have been from a village to the east.
> > There are more Molcanyis to the east of Jurske. A Nicholas
> Molchany, a Greek Catholic priest was from 'Bajer Vagas,
> > Saros". I think the Molchanys migrated west from that area, maybe
> even Svidnik and surrounds. I was once told the
> > names that end in 'ko' are most likely Rusyn. That makes me want
> to look east. Another cousin said that his relatives
> > said the Molcanyi name is Rusyn. My paternal grandmother said that
> the family was part Russian - but prbably meant
> > Rusyn.
> > I'm at a loss and any help would be appreciated.
> > Thanks,
> > Jerry
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