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  • David Decker
    I have a few images that I would like to try and get translated.Think they are in slovak. Not sure where i can post it or if i can send it, its a passport
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2007
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      I have a few images that I would like to try and get translated.Think they are in slovak. Not sure where i can post it or if i can send it, its a passport from 1906. Slovakia.Also have somethig possibly latin. Extratas.To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.comFrom: elainemazur@...: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 20:33:24 -0700Subject: Re: [S-R] Searching for a relative

      The name John Benyak caught my eye as there was a John Benjak who was the caretaker at my church in the '60s, Holy Name of Jesus, in Monessen, PA. Holy Name was a Slovak church and Monessen is right across the river from Charleroi. That J. Benyak was probably in his 20s or 30s back then. Monessen is in Westmoreland County and Charleroi is in Washington County. There is a John R. Benyak b 24 Jun 1887 in the WWI draft registration cards and one born 13 Oct 1883, living in Charleroi, also with a WWI draft reg card. A John Benyak b. 1888 is in the 1930 census for Monessen.

      You should also explore the spelling as 'Benjak' if you haven't already. There are two in the Ellis Island database as John Benjak. One of them is indexed incorrectly so I couldn't view the original manifest page. My one great grandmother was Mary Strunyak but is also listed as Strunjak in some places.

      Good luck.

      David Decker <maze_r@...> wrote:
      Ok, So i found one of my relatives in elis island.Johann Benyak. From charleroi, PA.But i cannot find the first time he went to amerian. The one i found so far was from 1912.I have used stephen morse website to try and narrow down from hometown, to first name ect. think his first time in the country was between 1906-10. He also says he staying w/ brother in law. Stef. Kondrecz. (look below).,Still cannot find him. Any ideas would be great.Also searching for a Steve Kondrc, which I know he came through before 1906. Any help would be appreciated.To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.comFrom: karens_roots@...: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 19:07:06 -0700Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

      Wow thanks Linda. A very honest look at the problems I could encounter. This can really help me get prepared. Especially the ATM/Credit Card thing. I may be writing you soon as the time approaches with more questions.

      Can you recommend any places to stay? Towns we could possibly stay in would be Prague, Bratislava, Kosice.

      Thanks again to everyone. You have really given me great help and information.


      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Linda Hartlaub
      To: Karens_roots@...
      Sent: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 10:40:49 PM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

      Hi Karen,

      I am a little late in checking my mail. But I thought I would let you know my experiences. What everyone said is the standard and usually works. Be sure to notify your credit card companies in wirting and by phone that you are going to be in Europe. However, even after I did that, my credit cards were classified as "hot" within 5 days of entering Europe. I was without money. ATMs ate my cards.I had about $300 cash (American), and that was not enough. In hindsight, I would have carried at least $500 and divied it up between purse, suitcases, carry ons, etc. I literally got stranded in Kosice (where about 2% of the population speaks English) and thankfully had a translator. However, even with him working with me, we wasted half a day at the bank trying to convince them that I was legitimate and not a thief. However, in Bratislava and Banska Bystrica I was on my own dealing with the bank officers. Not an easy task.

      Should you get stuck, I have since learned that you can funds wired to you through Western Union to Slovakia. There are offices for Western Union everywhere. You can find Western Union offices in the States at Safeway, Von's, and other groceries that are in their corporation.

      And as far as pickpockets, the only problems we had were with the Roma in Kosice. We guarded our purses and bags with our lives. And finally resorted to spouting out any Spanish words we could come up with, sounding demented if anyone understood Spanish. But the Roma figured we weren't understanding us and left us alone.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. I'll tell you what I can.

      Linda Hartlaub

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "helene cincebeaux"
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia
      Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 19:14:54 -0700 (PDT)

      Hi Karen

      Usually no problem taking a rental across
      Czech-Slovak border just be sure to get the sticker if
      you want to use the super highway in Slovakia - can
      get at bigger gas stations or on border. But ask
      about taking the car across the border when you rent
      just to be sure.

      Found that if you rent from some firms in Austria they
      charge a big surcharge for going into former E.
      European countries.

      Don't know any American who had to buy or prove they
      had health insurance for a simple visit

      ATM's seem to work fine all the time.

      Where are you going in Slovakia? And when?


      --- Karen C wrote:

      > Since so many of you have travelled to the Czech
      > Republic and Slovakia I was wondering if you could
      > answer a few questions?
      > Is there a problem with taking a rental car across
      > the border from Czech Rep. to Slovakia?
      > We're you required to buy the health travel
      > insurance?
      > We're you able to get money on the weekends in the
      > larger cities through ATMs?
      > You responses will be very welcomed.
      > Thanks in advance,
      > Karen
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