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18674RE: [S-R] Re: My Slovak Roots

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  • Janet Kozlay
    Oct 29, 2007
      The name may have been spelled Ovad.

      In 1931 Maria Ovad, 27, and daughter Maria, 2, immigrated from “Ruskovce” to her husband John Ovad in Newark NJ. Her mother’s name in “Ruskovce Sobrance” was Anna Hrubovcak. Following up on JohnQAdam’s findings, this suggests the Baskovce in Ung megye. See the old map at http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/maps/1910/ung.jpg, Szobrancz district. Its Hungarian name was Baskócz or Alsóbaskócz. Greek Catholic church records would be with the nearby village of Hlivistia (Hu. Hliviscse).



      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of johnqadam
      Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 8:28 AM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [S-R] Re: My Slovak Roots

      > Husband: John Ovat
      > Birthdate: OCT 25 1872

      > Wife: Mary Ovat
      > Birthdate: Jan 1874

      You have been provided good advice by David. The >>>ONLY<<< useful
      piece of information that you need is the birth village. Fortunately,
      the name is quite unusual and so it may be easier to pin down the

      Here are a couple of angles, aside from looking at available US records.

      In a Google search, Ovat appears in Andrejova, near Bardejov, per
      Cisarik. GC church records are available for Andrejova at LDS.

      The only useful reference on Ellis Island was pinpointed by David. You
      might want to check Baskovce church records.

      The 1828 Hungarian Census list of villages indicates Baskocz (2X) in
      Ung Megye = county (now Baskovce, north of Sobrance) and also in
      adjacent Zemplen Megye (also called Baskovce, north of Humenne and west
      of Vysne Ladikovce). That can lead to confusion. You will need to keep
      the two instances separate! Close only counts in horseshoes and hand

      To locate places in Europe, especially if you are not sure of the
      proper spelling of the place name, the best reference is found at
      http://www.jewishge <http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm> n.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm

      ShtetlSeeker will take you there via Mapquest, Multimap or Google.

      1910 HUNGARIAN MAP
      The old Hungarian map can be found at:
      http://lazarus. <http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/maps/1910/zemplen.jpg> elte.hu/hun/maps/1910/zemplen.jpg
      http://lazarus. <http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/maps/1910/ung.jpg> elte.hu/hun/maps/1910/ung.jpg

      SAVE the map on YOUR computer. OPEN the map in any graphics program.
      CUT and PRINT the relevant section of the map. Otherwise, you just get
      a corner. This map uses the Hungarian village names that you will
      likely find in church records.

      If you can find John/Jan/Janos/Joannes Ovat in the church records, b 25
      Oct 1872, you are on your way.

      When searching for genealogical information, knowing the birth village
      is paramount because records are organized by village not nationally,
      so it is not possible to search on a national basis. It is also
      necessary to know the religion. To locate church records for Slovakia,
      knowing the village/town name, go to the LDS web site:
      www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp The church
      records cover baptisms (krsteni), marriages (sobeseni) and deaths

      You can go to the LDS web site to locate your nearest Family History
      Center (FHC) and determine their hours of operation. You will need to
      go there in person to order the film(s). In about a month, the film
      will arrive and you can book a film reader and begin your research.

      (For Baskovce) LDS FICHES (set of 6) LDS #6000786
      Survey of parish registers in Slovakia up to the time of civil
      registration. Provides details of church records that are held in
      Slovak archives. Index of villages is on fiche #6 and page references
      refer to different religions. Most of these church records are
      available on film via your LDS Family History Center.

      BIG HELP
      LDS has the 1869 Hungarian Census for Baskovce, Zemplen Megye. That's
      the one north of Humenne. If you can locate the Ovat Family, but not
      John, who wasn't born yet, you may get a leg up on your research. If
      you don't find Ovat in the census, you can eliminate this instance of

      Barancs (Baranè) -- Barkó (Brekov) -- Baskócz (Baškovce) -- Bánócz
      (Bánovce nad Ondavou) Film #722672

      Good luck.

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