18674RE: [S-R] Re: My Slovak Roots
- Oct 29, 2007The 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
Subject: [S-R] Re: My Slovak Roots
> Husband: John OvatYou have been provided good advice by David. The >>>ONLY<<< useful
> Birthdate: OCT 25 1872
> Wife: Mary Ovat
> Birthdate: Jan 1874
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.
CHURCH RECORDS AT LATTER DAY SAINTS (MORMON) LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTER
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
LOCATE YOUR NEAREST FAMILY HISTORY CENTER AND ORDER FILM
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.
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
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