Thanks for the information. We will definitely read it. There must
be a typo in the "Bogardi" address, however, as I keep getting a
message that the site can't be found. They ask if I really meant
bocardi and send me to a drinking site. : - (
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
, "Bill Tarkulich"
> What was happening in SV in the 1800s was probably the same thing
> happening in most small villages if you descended from peasant
> poverty, disease, starvation. A history of larger nearby towns is
> much more robust and much more telling. Of course
the "highlights" of the
> period was the peasant "emancipation" in 1848 and "Magyarization"
> late 1800s.
> Recall also that plagues usually made their rounds about every 15
> so, doing in 10 to 20 percent of a village population in a matter
of a few
> I have a few paragraphs on this village's history. It's in
Slovak, up to
> you to translate. I'll sent it privately.
> These http://www.bogardi.com/gen/g034.htm
> http://www.bogardi.com/gen/g100.htm maps are very telling of the
> I would also suggest some overall reading such as Kirchbaum's
> McCartney's work is interesting and more readable,
> He writes: "The poverty of most of the Slovak peasants is
> Semi-starvation is almost common, actual starvation by no means
rare. It was
> stated in the eighties that in many of the Slovak counties the
> 'only ate bread on Sundays' and 'meat, practically never';
that 'there was
> no difference in the food between work-days and feast-days'. The
> was the potato."ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Somewhat more academic but accessible material can be found at
> More links:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-
> Behalf Of jtgen96
> Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 5:42 PM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [S-R] Kunzig & Ondzik
> My husband's grandmother lists Hungarian/Slovak/Austrian as her
> ethnicity on the various US censuses. She says that she emigrated
> in 1883 (from US census) from Wallendorf (from second child's
> baptismal record). We have not been able to find her ship
> We did find the ship records for her older brother, Paulos Ondzik,
> who emigrated to the US in 1903 from Sz. Ohaszi. Thanks to
> help from several of you on this site in 2005. We were able to
> Wallendorf to Spisske Vlachy and Sz. Ohaszi and to find
> grandmother's birth village and that of her older brother as
> Kluknava, Slovakia which is not far from Spisske Vlachy.
> Does anyone know what was happening in Spisske Vlachy in the
> 1800's. We have heard that very sad things happened to this
> We are wondering if there is some connection to sad events there
> our Kunzig/Ondzik family puzzle.
> My husband's grandmother (born in 1867) alway gave Ondzik as her
> maiden name and Mathias Ondzik as her father's name and Marie as
> mother's and said they were Slovak.
> A younger brother who arrived in New York, according to ship
> records, in 1900 was listed as Jon Ondzik (born 1891) on the ship
> records (ethnicity: "birth certificate'), but as John Kunzig and
> brother-in-law living with August Kelly, and his wife Anna Ondzik,
> on the 1900 US census. For all intents and purposes John
> not long after as no living member of the family remembers having
> heard of him.
> Another younger brother Andrew (born in 1875) emigrated in 1884
> is listed in all US records as Andrew Kunzig with father Mathias
> Kunzig and mother Marie. We can not find his ship record, but
> his work records, social security application, death record, etc.
> The story in the family is that for some unknown reason he changed
> his name from Ondzik to Kunsig.
> We have been unable to locate birth records for John, Andrew, or
> another sister Mary. For the sister Mary we have not been able to
> locate any US records as we do not know her married name, but some
> family members recall meeting her in the 1920-1940's.
> We are wondering if Wallendorf was one of the German town in
> Slovakia (and other Eastern Europen countries) and sad events in
> late 1800's and early 1900's drove our family to other areas
> perhaps precipitated a family name change from an Hungarian one
> (Ondzik) to a German one (Kunzig)?
> Does anyone have any information that might help us?
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