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24556Re: [S-R] Ellis Island Records--brick wall

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  • Judy G
    Jan 1, 2010
      Strakas in my family came from Nagyvitez, now Vitaz, Saros. Actually, they are cousins so I don't know much about the ancestry except that the father or grandfather of the Straka who came to this country (Bridgeport, CT area - 1880) was listed in the Lutheran records as free. I still don't know the full implications of that.

      Judy in Connecticut

      From: Janet Kozlay <kozlay@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, December 30, 2009 8:37:17 PM
      Subject: RE: [S-R] Ellis Island Records--brick wall

      Although there are only a small number of Sztrakas listed in the Slovakia
      phone directory, there are nearly 1000 Strakas, at least two of whom are in

      Sztraka is the Hungarian spelling; Straka the Slovak.


      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com] On
      Behalf Of Michael Mojher
      Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 6:30 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Ellis Island Records--brick wall

      My maternal grandmother was Kendice.
      I looked in the 1995 Slovak Census to see how common a name Sztraka is.
      There were only 24 listings in 9 places, none in Kendice. So it is a fairly
      rare name.
      Although you would not know that from the Ellis Island listings.
      Besides Ellis Island, have you tried any of the other ports of entry?
      Did the Census give any other useful information?
      Michael Mojher

      From: Nancy Gibbs
      Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:20 AM
      To: Slovak Roots Group
      Subject: [S-R] Ellis Island Records--brick wall

      With all the talk about brick walls on passenger lists, I thought I would
      add my "brick wall" and see if anyone else has any good fortune.

      My ggrandfather' s name on the Kendice marriage record (1892) is GABOR
      SZTRAKA. I find him on the 1900 Federal Census living with his brother's
      family in Somerset County, Paint Township, PA--
      John Straka--brother (Head of household), age 29, year of immigration 1895
      Gabriel Straka--age 32, year of immigration 1900
      Bertha Straka (sister to John & Gabriel)--age 19, year of immigration 1895

      I have not been able to find any of these on a passenger list but I am
      mostly interested in Gabriel.
      Thanks for any and all help.

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