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26782[S-R] Re: Films in POZSONY + Gravestones

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  • genmom4
    Jun 1, 2010
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      Dear Bill,
      Regarding the films. I am overjoyed that they are finally released, if that is the case. I can't wait to really dig into them now that I am home.

      Regarding the grave...we were so lucky regarding my gr. grandfather's marker. It is in excellent condition: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrcrazy/4636953934/in/set-72157624131547596/

      One can actually read the inscription. The flowers on the grave indicate that someone is still caring for it.

      Now, believe me, this was the most fortunate find regarding cemeteries.
      I can relate to your situation regarding my Hancsak and Stofan relatives, buried in Kecerovce and Cervenica. In Cervenica, the cemetery is very old, on a hill, and it is obvious that most of the markers have rotten away. The town is very small, and I honestly believe that there is no one left of the surname to care for the grave.
      In Kecerovce, I managed to find only one Hancsak. There should have been several. Again, I am presuming that it was an old marker that rotted away as well.

      In Slanske Nove Mesto, we had this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrcrazy/4630199180/in/set-72157623990179243/

      Give me a name, but no information. Also found his wife, buried no where near him. I was fortunate enough to have a family member drive in to town and pick up an older woman who knew where every Takac in my family line was buried. Unfortunately, no one seemed to know any of the pertinent information that I was looking for.

      I was told that had I been able to visit the town municipal office, they would have helped me look through the records that I was seeking. But the office closed on Friday at noon, and our trip was not set up to accommodate that timing.

      The priest in Kecerovce let me look through the actual church registry from 1895 to 1908, although he was not happy with me for being there. He kept pointing to his watch and yelling "TIME!! TIME!" I tried to be patient with him, and even though I left empty handed, I gave him 5 Euro for his time. He softened up at that gesture. I truly was appreciative of his taking his time, and allowing me to actually scan the pages for information.

      All in all, the trip was wonderful. We searched for my husband's relatives in a small town in Austria, and there were no grave markers in that church cemetery for his family, or anyone prior to 1895, for that matter. I was told that if there was no family to upkeep the grave marker, because space in cemeteries was limited, that bodies were placed on top of those that were neglected, and a new marker was placed over the old one. Since my husband's gr. grandfather was the last of his line with no surviving siblings who married, we can only presume that was the case for him.

      One thing is for certain, I came home with a lot more knowledge of the area then before I went, and we'd go back in a minute if the opportunity arose again. And, we'd even drive again!


      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Tarkulich" <bill.tarkulich@...> wrote:
      > Barbara - Welcome back. They are making a distinction between films and
      > releases. Most likely the film was completed some time ago, but not
      > released to the catalog for distribution. We must treat our relationship
      > with FHL carefully. After all they are doing us all a huge favor at no cost
      > to us.
      > What type of grave marker did you find? Did it appear to be from the time
      > period of death? And what year would that be? The reason I ask is that my
      > villages were the poorest of poor and grave markers were wooden, rotted away
      > and eventually were not replaced. I have nothing but a field of weeds and
      > hay to look at.
      > Regards,
      > Bill
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of genmom4
      > Sent: Monday, May 31, 2010 2:53 AM
      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [S-R] Re: Films in POZSONY
      > Dear Bill,
      > Sorry for the delay in responding, but I have not been online since you
      > responded to this message. I was actually in Slovakia for a week, but am
      > returning today.
      > I will address this when I get home.
      > Curious as to why they would say that there were no new films, because the
      > films are high in number, indicating that they are newer, and there is a
      > disclaimer regarding accuracy so that they can get the film released
      > quicker.
      > These are not on the FHL pilot site.
      > Barbara
      > PS. Did find the grave for my gr.grandfather, Jozef Mrena, in a cemetery in
      > Zavar. Very exciting for me and the little old lady in the cemetery who was
      > able to help me find it, even with my very poor Slovak language skills!
      > Zavar is one of the new films that I mentioned.
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "billski" <bill.tarkulich@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Barbara,
      > >
      > > The FHL sent me a note today that indicates there have been no new
      > microfilm releases for that (or any) region. All the work is digital.
      > Which specific villages are you referring to? I'm wondering if the catalog
      > might have been re-indexed.
      > >
      > > Bill
      > >
      > > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "genmom4" <geismom@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I just wanted to mention that there have definitely been some new films
      > released for towns in Pozsony.
      > > > I have been waiting for films to be available from Trnava and its
      > surrounding towns, and last week, when I checked, I was surprised to see
      > quite a few films.
      > > > They have a disclaimer mentioning that they are posted for quick release
      > in bright red at the top of the page when you hit the film notes.
      > > >
      > > > I have a friend in Salt Lake this week, and she so generously looked at
      > a couple of films for me from this newly released collection, and they
      > appear to be a goldmine for my research. This is wonderful news for my
      > genealogy, and I wanted to share my find with this board, since I don't
      > recall seeing a posting regarding new film releases. (That does not mean
      > that one was not posted and that I might have just missed it.)
      > > >
      > > > I was under the impression that with the new family search website and
      > record transfer to online searches that no new films were going to be
      > released, so this find is rather exciting and I can't wait to delve into my
      > dad's line. I'm leaving for my Slovakia trip next week, so it was great to
      > have my friend send me digital images of my grandfather's birth as it gave
      > information that I was definitely lacking.
      > > > You know I'll be ordering films when I get back.
      > > >
      > > > Barbara
      > > >
      > >
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