18132RE: [S-R] Score! Finally verified place of birth for my great-grandfather.
- Sep 6, 2007Iglo and Spisska Nova Ves are the same city
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of jmellicant
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 12:10 PM
Subject: [S-R] Score! Finally verified place of birth for my
First I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Jim Mellicant. I've
just developed the "genealogy bug" about a month ago (thirty years too
late, afaic) and I've been lurking here for about that time.
My family name originally (at least in the US) was Mellikant but my
father's birth certificate had an improper spelling and because he
grew up in a foster home the name stuck.
Because of the circumstances of my father's childhood we have very
little info regarding his family. The few things I did know was the
country of origin may have been a town called Olshow somehere in the
Austria Hungary Empire. I have been able to piece together some info
online but would welcome any advice anyone may have to offer.
My great-grandfather's name was John Valentine Mellikant and he was
born in 1874 and immigrated to the US in 1894. He settled in Chicago
and married Mary Hrisz who also immigrated to the US but in 1896 (from
exactly where I don't yet know).
Today I learned that he put Iglo, Austria as his place of birth on his
WWI Draft Registration Card. (My father visited the National Archives
office in Chicago yesterday and got the record.)
Prior to this, from online research, I speculated that he came from
Olsse, Slovakia near Spisska Nova Ves. There are many existing
Melikant's in the area (original family name spelling?) and from some
other "Melikant" documents I've found on the web this looked
promising. I have been able to associate Iglo and Spisska Nova Ves
online so I think there is a definite connection.
As I said I'd appreciate any comments or observations anyone my want
to toss my way. Thanks.
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