36012Re: [S-R] Fwd: Unable to deliver your message
- May 28, 2013Hello group,
There is a lenghty article @... explaining the falsehood of name changes upon arrival in New York/Ellis island.
I will try and locate a link. You will need to be a registered member but you should be able to read it for free....
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, Helen Ruatti <hpruatti@...> wrote:
> Hi John,
> Welcome to the group.
> Let me tell you about my family name change. The name is Jopko in Slovakia.
> Six brothers cames to the US and I managed to find the relatives of all of
> them but only one retained the Jopko name. The "J" is pronounced like the
> "Y" in English. My relatives names ended up being YAPKO, YEPKO AND YOPKO.
> You have to remember that a large percentage of people who immigrated did
> not know how to read or write so what someone ended up writing after they
> got to the US was what they used.
> My family is from Circ and I have been lucky enough to find and visit
> relatives 4 times. You need to plan on visiting. On all my trips I went
> with Helene Cincebeaux's group. We visited a lot of Slovak towns, cities,
> festivals, etc. and then I took off a day, with a translator, to visit
> first my Mother's family in Circ and then my Father's family in Kosice.
> Good luck with your research. It is a wonderful trip finding not only about
> your family but also the history along the way.
> Helen Gagyo Ruatti
> On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM, John Yowpa III <johnyowpa.iii@...>wrote:
> > **
> > Hi,
> > Just writing a quick message as an introduction to the list. My name is
> > John Yowpa III. I live in Buffalo, NY, USA and I am originally from
> > Piscataway, NJ. I just started researching my family. Currently, I am
> > interested in researching the roots of my family name - Yowpa. I have been
> > wanting to research both sides of my family for quite some time and
> > recently got a packet of research done on my mother's side of the family.
> > With that information and the free military search this weekend at ancestry
> > I figured I would start. I know that my great grandfather came to the USA
> > from Maly Lipnik in current Slovakia. An interesting story relating to the
> > name is that the original change was from Joppa to Youpa and a clerical
> > error at Ellis Island made Timothy Yowpa and family have a different name
> > than the relatives who settled in Alpha, Pennsylvania and Warren, NJ.
> > Just wanted to say hello and I hope everyone is doing well. I am sure I
> > will have questions down the road but wish to look at all the information
> > in the group before asking anything.
> > Have a great holiday weekend.
> > Sincerely,
> > John Yowpa III, MD
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