Re: Where was Luka ?
Before WW I, Slovakia was part of Upper Hungary (Felvidék) and
part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) and earlier a
part of Hungary under the Austrian Empire.
Hungarian names were used for towns and counties.
Czech-Bohemia (including Moravia 1849-1918) was a kingdom
(10th century-1918) and part of the Österreichisch-ungarische
Monarchie, or in English, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
It was an Austrian Kronland (province)
Both German and Czech languages were used.
Mähren => Maehren => Marin => Moravia.
Mähren was an Austrian Crownland located East of Böhmen (Bohemia).
Its capital was Brünn (Brno).
Mähren had been a separate crownland until 1849 when it became a part
of Böhmen (Bohemia) together with Österreichisch-Schleisen
The Austrian Habsburgs, accustomed to being imperial, assumed the
title of Emperor of Austria in 1804. Later, the "dual-monarchy" was
established, with the Habsburgs as Emperors of Austria and Kings of
Hungary, the combined realm being known as "Austria-Hungary".
Kingdom of Hungary was not a part of Austria.
Austro-Prussian War or Seven Weeks War, June 15Aug. 23, 1866, between
Prussia, allied with Italy, and Austria, seconded by Bavaria,
Württemberg, Saxony, Hanover, Baden, and several smaller German
states. It was deliberately provoked by Bismarck,
over the objections of his king, in order to expel Austria from the
German Confederation as a step toward the unification of Germany under
The pretext for precipitating the conflict was found in the dispute
between Prussia and Austria over the administration of
Schleswig-Holstein. When Austria brought the dispute before the German
diet and also decided to convene the Holstein diet, Prussia,
declaring that the Gastein Convention had thereby been nullified,
When the German diet responded by voting for a partial mobilization
against Prussia, Bismarck declared that the German Confederation was
ended. With an efficient military machine that amazed Europe, Prussia
overran the German states allied with
Austria and crushed (July 3) the Austrians at Sadowa (Königgrätz), in
However, Bismarck had no intention of weakening Austria, a potential
ally, more than necessary. The preliminary treaty of Nikolsburg (July
26) was followed (Aug. 23) by the Treaty of Prague. Against Italy, the
Austrians had won victories on the land, at Custozza, and on the sea,
at Lissa. Nevertheless, the peace treaty forced Austria to cede
Venetia to Italy. Prussia, satisfied with the exclusion, acknowledged
in the treaty, of Austria from German affairs, demanded no territory
from Austria, but annexed Hanover, Hesse, Nassau, and Frankfurt, in
addition to Schleswig-Holstein.
The battle of Sadowa, was fought near Königgrätz (G), Bohemia (now
Hradec Králové (Cz), located 61 miles east of Praha (Prague), CR.
There are 5 places called Luka in the the Czech Republic (once
There was a Lukó (H) now Lukov just west of Bardejov,Slovakia.
There are several Lukavica located in Slovakia.
Since you want a S^aris^ (Sk) Sáros megye (county),Hungary connection
expect you want Lukavica (Sk) Lukawicza/Lukavicza/Lúka/Kislankás
located just east of Bardejov or Lukov above ?
In which case there is no connection to your surname and its origin
in Czech-Bohemia and the Austro-Prussian War of 1866.
Online Ellis Island Records (EIR) list 118 surname Blandar who had
emigrated to the USA from Hungary, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia.
For example, in 1906 a Erzsébet (H) Elizabeth Blandar, age 18 (b.
about 1888), single, maid servant, Magyar, had emigrated to her
friend's Zsofia (H) Sophia Borbala address at 10 W. 113 th Street
Elizabeth's Last Residence was Luka, Hungary (not her birth place ?)
Lu'ka (Lukavica) or Luko' (Lukov) located near Bardejov, Slovakia
and about 254 miles distant from the site of the battle fought in
eastern Bohemia in 1866.