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  • Paul Sabol
    Jan 3, 2011
      There was a fairly significant number of Petruskas in Sosujfalu, now Ruska Nova Ves all throughout the 1800s and at least up until 1895.  Not sure how common of a name that is though.  Some were godparents to my ancestors.  I think a few settled in Mahanoy City, PA where my Sabol family ended up in the early 20th century.

      From: tom geiss <tomfgurka@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, January 3, 2011 2:19:17 PM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] SISAK OR SYSAK

      Just a little aside; My mother's doctor in the '30's was a doctor Syslak.
      Now, you say you have some Petruskas in your family?
      There is a Robert Petruska in youngstown , Ohio (He is head of the Sister Cities program there). His relatives are from somewhere Southeast of Spisska Nova Ves, I think?
      If you want I can give you his phone number.
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      From: Marjorie
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 12:51 PM
      Subject: [S-R] SISAK OR SYSAK

      Thanks to everyone who posted a response to my query...I would still like to hear from Barb who mentioned the name SISAK in her last post...
      I do have the birth date for Andrew Sysak as 10/18/1880...arriving in U.S. from Austria Hungary (realize could be one of several countries)in 1896...He married Justyna Oprishko on 6/1/1907 at St. Cyril and Methodius in Olyphant PA...have written to them for a record but had no response. Andrew died from a train accident in Nov. 1927....I have studied the records for Wislok Wielki (where Justyna definetely came from) extensively and can't find a record of Sysak...His parents were Michael Sysak and Marka Yarvernick...Andrew had two full brothers: Stephan Sysak who was a barber in Olyphant and Miklaus in Erie PA...he had several half brothers because his mother was the 3rd wife of Michael, his father...hope this isn't too confusing...
      This is a great group by the way...And I appreciate all the help I have recieved here...I realize that my Sysak/Opryshko people are not Slovak...They are most likely Rusyn and/or Lemko...
      Just to reiterate the two Slovak families I am researching (my mom's parents) are John Gonos and Pearl Petruska...
      Thanks again...

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