Thanks you. I will start with the email approach. Your info is a great start for me. I am very grateful. I will let you know how it turns out.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Mojher" <mgmojher@...> wrote:
> Here are the names Velky Kostolany has been known by through it history - Velké Kostolany PN/TA nitr. 1945 pricl. o. Zákostolany.
> 1773 Nagy-Kosztolan, Gros-Kosztolan, Kostolany, 1786 Nagy-Kosztolan, 1808 Nagy-Kosztolán, Welké Kostelany, 1863-1888 Nagykosztolán, 1892-1913 Nagykosztolány, 1920 Kostolany, 1927-1948 Velké Kostolany, 1948- Velké Kostolany
> Contact Information:
> Adresa: Obecný úrad Velké Kostolany, M. R. Stefánika 800/1, 922 07, Velké Kostolany
> Tel./Fax: 033/7781102
> Tel.: 0915107289, 033/7781111, 033/7719215
> E-mail: velkekostolany@...
> WEB: www.velkekostolany.sk
> I would try sending an e-mail. Since English is the second language in schools in Slovakia there is probably someone at the City Hall you can read it. Keep the sentences simple. Give them the information about your grandfather. His birth is late enough in the century for it to be in the register at the City Hall from that they can contact any direct line relatives you may have in town. The website is in Slovak. The "Fotogaleria" / Photo Gallery is always fun to explore.
> In the 1995 Slovak Census 8 men with the surname GAJARSKÝ lived in Velke Kostolany. And there were 9 women,
> There would be a very good chance that you would have relatives living there today.
> The online telephone directory had these listings: (name and street address)
> Gajarská Andrea Hollého 105/5, Velké Kostolany
> Gajarská Ludmila Druzstevná 52, Velké Kostolany
> Gajarský Ján Druzstevná 74, Velké Kostolany
> Gajarský Ján Velké Kostolany 123, Velké Kostolany
> Here are the names Dobra Voda has been known by: Dobrá Voda
> 1773 Joko, Guttenstein, Dobra Woda, 1786 Dobrá Woda, Jó-Ko, 1808 Jóko, Jókeo, Dobrá Woda, 1863-1913 Jóko, 1920- Dobrá Voda
> Your Grandmother's surnames you gave had no listings in the 1995 Census in Dobra Voda.
> Palacsik had 3 listing in all of Slovakia.
> Polacik had 397 listing. There were four different spellings depending on where the dialectic marks were. The first spelling had 123 listings, 2nd had 2, 3rd had 265 and 4th had 7.
> The important thing is you know her home village and you can search those records.
> From: judybrenner47
> Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 5:58 PM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [S-R] Gayarsky and Polacik
> I am also new to this site. I hsve been researching my grandparents. Grandfather - Joseph (Josef, Jozef) Gayarsky (Gajarsky)
> from Velke Kostolany (born 1889)- arrived 3/1907 moved to Lansford, PA - coal mines- lists his uncle - Andros Gregor (?)- how is Andros related? . Joseph later moved to Norwalk Ct - worked at Lock factory - lived around Raymond and Harvey St. He had a brother JAn who lived with them in 1930. I beleive he returned to Slovakia and visited again. My grandfather's obit mentions brothers Stephen and Michael. I remember some mention of his father (my great grandfather) having visited or lived in the US for awhile.
> Grandmother - Paulne Polacik -(listed as Paulina Palacsik) from Joko (Dobra Voda) arrived Norwak CT in June 1911 - to live with brother Emil Polacik at 16 Day St. (Her brother Miklos (Michael) arrived in early 1920's and lived with them for a while). Her death certificate lists Stephen and Elizabeth as her parents name. (I also found a mention that Emil might have been a half brother. )
> They had 3 children - later - early 1930's - moved to Fitchburg, MA.
> She died in 1936. He died in 1963.
> Does anyone know anything about their villages or about any of these people? Family legend has it that my grandfather (Joseph) was one of 14 or 15 children - all boys except for only one girl. Some of his older brothers were supppsedly in the army in A-H. One moved to South America and another to France.
> Where do I look now?
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