Now I see how he earned the " " or goose feet as Germans call quotation
marks. The most spectacular attempt at genealogical research I was a
failure due to an nasty old man that is my "great uncle". The
grandparents left the old village and married in America, in part
because the two families had a feud going to rival the Hatfields and
McCoys. Because of this old feud, when we visited Lozin in 1982 my
mother did not ask the one family about the other family. In 1998/9 I
visited and the SOMOS family was really enthused about the family
questions and the tree that the Canadians in the family had worked up,
so they drove me over to visit the only VALYO still on the lists.
The Somos family was a gold mine in old records meticulously kept, they
command at least 4 languages, and they know the politicians and the
system there inside out. If you need research in the vicinity of
Trebisov I can highly recommend them!
The old VALLO/VALYO man was getting on in Althzeimers but was still
living at home with a caretaker. He had an old-world grudge because we
didn't stop by in 1982 and my mother never answered two letters during
the war. (She never received any). We interrogated him from every
direction possible, and the father, son and daughter covered every
avenue and every approach. Even the American cousin helped a bit, but
we never got any information or addresses of the two married daughters
now living in Austria.
One of the things that thoroughly impressed me all my life is how tough
and mean my grandparents generation was. There was a very high
percentage of nasty, argumentative people. I finally came to the
conclusion that life was really tough and that was a reaction to the
tough conditions then.
We are very lucky!
Jenny Brichta wrote:
> From: "Jenny Brichta" <yump@...>
> Yes, Ron, you're right. "Grandfather" needs some explanation. Mr. Marton,
> my "grandfather" and my grandmother were both employed as professors at the
> same school. They began dating. Mr. Marton was fo