Re: Linguistic knowledge request for breaking through the gggranny wall!
- You have moved north of the normal Slovak area into Galicia, so I
suggest you check with
as well. If that link does not work, then search Yahoo Groups for "
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "ladyguilford"
> This is for our moderator, or for absolutely anybody who can help!
> Having benefited from having ancestors in Palota, I've had a
> marvellous time wallowing in the census and church records. The
> direct line takes me back to a gggrandparent pair born 1800 (him) and
> 1810 or later (her, depending on when you ask). Peter Kusnyir's
> surname is everywhere in the village, and there is no shortage of
> Kusnyirs about. If I could get back before 1800, I would be able to
> link many of them I suspect are brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles.
> However, Mrs K is a very big problem. My wall is named as Anna GURO
> in the 1869 census, wife of the head of household 39 in Palota. She
> is listed as born somewhere in Galicia, I believe in Sanok, but I
> cannot make sense out of the rest. A sense of frustration, yes, but
> no useful sense.
> So, Question 1:
> ****I'm going to file two photos of that census page on this forum,
> in the hopes that someone can make this out. CAN SOMEONE IDENTIFY THE
> VILLAGE ?????
> Elsewhere in a christening record, a suggestion arose that she might
> have come from Kaleno, very near by, but there is no family of that
> name anywhere there, ever. Anyway, that was not in Galitzia.
> At another christening, her name looked more like GUDZA, but I
> suspect one of those loops is fooling me.
> Question 2: linguistic credibility
> ****Is GURO a credible surname for the district?
> Does it mean a person of the mountains, as the root does in the
> Polish language, and probably in Slovak?
> She must have had a maiden surname at that time, surely? It could
> not MERELY mean 'a woman who came from the mountains'?
> Please can someone resurrect this poor woman?????