If it was not for this group and others on the internet I may well not
know enough to announce that my grandfather landed in America 100
years ago today, 10 October 1906. As far as I know he is the first in
my direct line to land. As a good Hungarian citizen he was listed as
Istvan Matfiak. Time has changed that to Matviyak and Matviak over
time and distance.
Good fortune of travels back and forth made me an American with aunts
and uncles in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I feel rather
fortunate with the multi-national ties.