Re: Intro and why I joined
- --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, JenE1215@a... wrote:
> Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a littlebit about
> why I joined this group.wonderful
> My name is Jennifer Martinek and I am from Warren, OH. I have four
> children: Justin (20); Deena (18); Jaime (8); and Erika (5 1/2).These are
> the reason for my wanting to find my ancestors so that my kids willknow where
> we came from.the
> My father's side of the family as well as my father in law's side of
> family are from the old Austrio-Hungry and now Czechoslovakia. Thenames I have
> been trying to find are KOTASEK and MARTINEK. I appologize if thiswas not
> allowed. Just trying to explain a little of the problems I amhaving. Neither
> of these sides knows anything about what happened before ancestorscame to USA.
> All they know is that they are Slovak and/or Polish. I am totallyconfused
> in this area and was hoping to find some help. All records that Ihave found
> do not list any towns only countries which I know doesn't help much.learn alot
> Thank you again and it's great to be in this group. I'm hoping to
> more information that will give me a better understanding on what todo and
> where to look for what i need.Jennifer
Although Kotasek and Martinek can be Slovak surnames Ellis Island
Records (EIR) 1892-1924 suggests these surnames are from Czech-Bohemia
or Austria rather than Slovakia or Hungary.
EIR lists 226 surnames Martinek with the majority from Czech-Bohemia
and Austria and with several from former Polish Galicia
EIR lists only 27 surnames Kotasek (from Czech-Bohemia, Moravia, and
Austia and only one from Slovakia.
The Slovakia telephone directory lists 43 surnames Martinek and 20
What list needs are your surnames given names and dates of their
emigration to US.
As for naturalization papers these can also contain errors.
My paternal grandparent's naturalization papers listed wrong country,
wrong town of origin, wrong emperor and it took me 5 more
years to locate their correct place of origin.
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