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  • genmom4
    Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum. I was born to Slovak
    Message 1 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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      Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
      will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

      I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
      I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
      or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

      My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
      megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
      Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
      alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

      My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
      megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
      baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
      to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
      1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
      church of baptism have the marriage record?

      Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/Handzak. He was the son of a
      shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
      that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
      not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
      arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
      to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
      manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

      My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
      her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
      Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
      to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
      been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
      commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
      hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
      name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
      that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
      According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
      for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
      knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

      My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
      had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
      LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
      strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
      surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
      and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
      I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
      of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
      people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
      in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

      The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
      of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
      Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
      She ran a boarding house.

      Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
      Pittsburgh area.

      The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
      Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
      Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
      I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
      Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

      I think I've covered the basic information here.
      Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
      Barbara
    • johnqadam
      ... megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able to find her marriage
      Message 2 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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        >>> My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
        megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
        baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
        to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
        1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
        church of baptism have the marriage record? Her husband was Stefan
        Hancsak/Hangyak/Handzak. <<<

        I would say that the official marriage record is in the municipal
        records office, given that the marriage occured after 1895. Those
        poses a problem in terms of asking/paying for the information. When I
        acquired info in Budkovce, some came easily while I sat at the
        registrars desk. Later, more questions were handled through a local
        cousin after I created a spreadsheet of background information with
        gaps marked.

        If you have someone in/near Cervenica, that could be the route to go.
        Otherwise, Mick (or others) can visit the office in your behalf. It
        cost me SKK 50 for each lookup. For the second round, I had left SKK
        1,000 with my cousins to cover the fees.

        Of course, the church may also have the marriage record and they
        might respond to a query, presumably in Slovak.

        Of course, I heartily recommend a trip to Slovakia to check it out
        yourself.
      • Tom Geiss
        Welcome to the group Barbara. I ve been in it a few months now, and, believe me, I m impressed with many of our EXPERTS. I ve truly learned a lot. I am
        Message 3 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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          Welcome to the group Barbara. I've been in it a few months now, and, believe me, I'm impressed with many of our EXPERTS. I've truly learned a lot.
          I am unfamiliar with any of the surnames you mentioned; however I have one observation, regarding your inquiry, about people of Jewish ancestry converting to Roman Catholicism. I knew of a man who was a baptised Catholic, who decided to adopt Judaism, for his own reasons.
          When we get into the exploration of genealogy, we never know what we are likely to uncover. Tom
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: genmom4
          To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
          Subject: [S-R] New to Group


          Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
          will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

          I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
          I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
          or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

          My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
          megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
          Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
          alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

          My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
          megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
          baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
          to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
          1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
          church of baptism have the marriage record?

          Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/Handzak. He was the son of a
          shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
          that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
          not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
          arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
          to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
          manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

          My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
          her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
          Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
          to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
          been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
          commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
          hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
          name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
          that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
          According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
          for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
          knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

          My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
          had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
          LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
          strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
          surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
          and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
          I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
          of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
          people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
          in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

          The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
          of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
          Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
          She ran a boarding house.

          Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
          Pittsburgh area.

          The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
          Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
          Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
          I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
          Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

          I think I've covered the basic information here.
          Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
          Barbara





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        • Marilyn Hertenstein
          Barbara, I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your (and others) opinion as to the name Varsanyik. My father s family was VARSA from Teplicska,
          Message 4 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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            Barbara,
            I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your (and others) opinion
            as to the name Varsanyik. My father's family was VARSA from Teplicska, near
            Spisska Nova Ves. It is possible the Varsa is the male version of
            Varsanyik?

            Marilyn

            _____

            From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
            Behalf Of genmom4
            Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
            To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [S-R] New to Group



            Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
            will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

            I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
            I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
            or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

            My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
            megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
            Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
            alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

            My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
            megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
            baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
            to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
            1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
            church of baptism have the marriage record?

            Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/Handzak. He was the son of a
            shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
            that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
            not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
            arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
            to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
            manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

            My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
            her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
            Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
            to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
            been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
            commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
            hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
            name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
            that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
            According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
            for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
            knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

            My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
            had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
            LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
            strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
            surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
            and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
            I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
            of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
            people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
            in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

            The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
            of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
            Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
            She ran a boarding house.

            Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
            Pittsburgh area.

            The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
            Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
            Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
            I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
            Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

            I think I've covered the basic information here.
            Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
            Barbara






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          • Gil Kubancsek
            Hello Barbara,   I was born and raised in Munhall.  My paternal grandparents settled in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to Munhall
            Message 5 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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              Hello Barbara,
               
              I was born and raised in Munhall.  My paternal grandparents settled in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA.   They were members of St. Michael's RC Church.
               
              I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in  the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these folks.
               
              I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
               
              I also welcome you to the group.
               
              Gil K.


              --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:

              From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
              Subject: [S-R] New to Group
              To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM






              Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
              will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

              I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
              I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
              or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

              My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
              megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
              Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
              alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

              My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
              megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
              baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
              to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
              1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
              church of baptism have the marriage record?

              Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of a
              shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
              that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
              not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
              arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
              to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
              manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

              My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
              her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
              Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
              to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
              been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
              commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
              hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
              name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
              that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
              According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
              for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
              knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

              My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
              had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
              LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
              strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
              surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
              and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
              I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
              of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
              people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
              in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

              The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
              of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
              Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
              She ran a boarding house.

              Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
              Pittsburgh area.

              The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
              Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
              Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
              I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
              Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

              I think I've covered the basic information here.
              Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
              Barbara


















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            • Ben Sorensen
              Hello Marilyn, Varsanyik is clearly masculine, otherwise it would end in -ova in this case. Varsa is also masculine, and Varsova is the feminine. Varsanyik
              Message 6 of 29 , Sep 17, 2008
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                Hello Marilyn,
                Varsanyik is clearly masculine, otherwise it would end in -ova in this case. Varsa is also masculine, and Varsova is the feminine.
                Varsanyik does not pull up in the 1995 census, nor does Varsanjik (a rather Dutch-looking surname :-D)I tried them for the heck of it....

                Varsanik however does, both spelt Varsaňik and Varšaňík. Varsa and Varša both are still extant.... and these are all masculine.
                Sorry to tell you that the theory doesn't hold.
                Hope this helps....
                Ben

                --- On Wed, 9/17/08, Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@...> wrote:

                From: Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@...>
                Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 10:41 AM







                Barbara,
                I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your (and others) opinion
                as to the name Varsanyik. My father's family was VARSA from Teplicska, near
                Spisska Nova Ves. It is possible the Varsa is the male version of
                Varsanyik?

                Marilyn

                _____

                From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com] On
                Behalf Of genmom4
                Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                Subject: [S-R] New to Group

                Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
                will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

                I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
                or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

                My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

                My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
                to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                church of baptism have the marriage record?

                Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of a
                shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
                to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

                My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
                for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
                knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

                My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
                LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
                strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
                and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
                I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
                of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

                The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
                of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                She ran a boarding house.

                Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                Pittsburgh area.

                The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

                I think I've covered the basic information here.
                Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                Barbara

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              • genmom4
                Dear Gil, Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth Avenue, across
                Message 7 of 29 , Sep 18, 2008
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                  Dear Gil,
                  Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                  well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                  Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                  Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                  sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                  Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                  on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                  many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                  grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                  woodcrafting abilities.

                  I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                  pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                  The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                  from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                  Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                  I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                  groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                  Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                  anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                  Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                  genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                  Thanks so much!!
                  Barbara


                  > Hello Barbara,
                  >  
                  > I was born and raised in Munhall.  My paternal grandparents settled
                  in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                  Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA.   They were members of St.
                  Michael's RC Church.
                  >  
                  > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in 
                  the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                  folks.
                  >  
                  > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                  if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                  >  
                  > I also welcome you to the group.
                  >  
                  > Gil K.
                  >
                  >
                  > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                  > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                  > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                  > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                  you
                  > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                  >
                  > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                  > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                  Hungarian
                  > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                  >
                  > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                  > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                  > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                  > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                  >
                  > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                  > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                  > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                  able
                  > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                  > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                  > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                  >
                  > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                  a
                  > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                  > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                  > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                  > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                  next
                  > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                  > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                  >
                  > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                  > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                  > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                  > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                  > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                  > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                  > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                  > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                  > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                  > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                  filed
                  > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                  someone
                  > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                  >
                  > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                  > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                  any
                  > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                  a
                  > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                  > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                  church,
                  > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                  Church.
                  > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                  east
                  > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                  > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                  > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                  >
                  > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                  members
                  > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                  > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                  > She ran a boarding house.
                  >
                  > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                  > Pittsburgh area.
                  >
                  > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                  > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                  > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                  > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                  > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                  >
                  > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                  > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                  > Barbara
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  >
                • Ben Sorensen
                  I almost forgot, using the dictionary/1995 census records will at least help you get the extant version of names in Slovakia- and what localities they are
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                    I almost forgot, using the dictionary/1995 census records will at least help you�get the extant version of names in Slovakia- and what localities they are in.� HOWEVER- it is only a starting point. The only con to this database is that even if you put it in English, it will give you Slovak results.� It is wonderful if you speak Slovak and have a grammar question (conjugation of "drat" for example) or are trying to find family names like�Holik (with a long i).� It also gives you some locality names and thier development through the ages (with some Hungarian.)� But, if Slovak is a problem, this database can be downright frustrating at times, until you understand the format.

                    http://slovnik.juls.savba.sk/

                    Have fun you all!
                    Ben

                    --- On Thu, 9/18/08, Ben Sorensen <cerrunos1@...> wrote:

                    From: Ben Sorensen <cerrunos1@...>
                    Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                    Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 12:51 AM






                    Hello Marilyn,
                    Varsanyik is clearly masculine, otherwise it would end in -ova in this case. Varsa is also masculine, and Varsova is the feminine.
                    Varsanyik does not pull up in the 1995 census, nor does Varsanjik (a rather Dutch-looking surname :-D)I tried them for the heck of it....

                    Varsanik however does, both spelt Varsa�ik and Var�a��k. Varsa and Var�a both are still extant.... and these are all masculine.
                    Sorry to tell you that the theory doesn't hold.
                    Hope this helps....
                    Ben

                    --- On Wed, 9/17/08, Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@ charter.net> wrote:

                    From: Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@ charter.net>
                    Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                    Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 10:41 AM

                    Barbara,
                    I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your (and others) opinion
                    as to the name Varsanyik. My father's family was VARSA from Teplicska, near
                    Spisska Nova Ves. It is possible the Varsa is the male version of
                    Varsanyik?

                    Marilyn

                    _____

                    From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK- ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com] On
                    Behalf Of genmom4
                    Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                    Subject: [S-R] New to Group

                    Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
                    will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

                    I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                    I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
                    or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

                    My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                    megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                    Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                    alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

                    My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                    megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                    baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
                    to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                    1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                    church of baptism have the marriage record?

                    Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of a
                    shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                    that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                    not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                    arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
                    to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                    manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

                    My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                    her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                    Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                    to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                    been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                    commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                    hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                    name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                    that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                    According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
                    for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
                    knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

                    My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                    had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
                    LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
                    strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                    surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
                    and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
                    I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
                    of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                    people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                    in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

                    The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
                    of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                    Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                    She ran a boarding house.

                    Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                    Pittsburgh area.

                    The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                    Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                    Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                    I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                    Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

                    I think I've covered the basic information here.
                    Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                    Barbara

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                  • Marilyn Hertenstein
                    Thanks for your reply Ben. It was a shot in the dark, but I had to ask. What 1995 census are you looking at? Happy hunting, Marilyn _____ From:
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                      Thanks for your reply Ben. It was a shot in the dark, but I 'had' to ask.
                      What 1995 census are you looking at?

                      Happy hunting,
                      Marilyn

                      _____

                      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
                      Behalf Of Ben Sorensen
                      Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 11:52 PM
                      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group



                      Hello Marilyn,
                      Varsanyik is clearly masculine, otherwise it would end in -ova in this case.
                      Varsa is also masculine, and Varsova is the feminine.
                      Varsanyik does not pull up in the 1995 census, nor does Varsanjik (a rather
                      Dutch-looking surname :-D)I tried them for the heck of it....

                      Varsanik however does, both spelt Varsa�ik and Var�a��k. Varsa and Var�a
                      both are still extant.... and these are all masculine.
                      Sorry to tell you that the theory doesn't hold.
                      Hope this helps....
                      Ben

                      --- On Wed, 9/17/08, Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@
                      <mailto:mjhertenstein%40charter.net> charter.net> wrote:

                      From: Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@
                      <mailto:mjhertenstein%40charter.net> charter.net>
                      Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ <mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
                      Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 10:41 AM

                      Barbara,
                      I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your (and others) opinion
                      as to the name Varsanyik. My father's family was VARSA from Teplicska, near
                      Spisska Nova Ves. It is possible the Varsa is the male version of
                      Varsanyik?

                      Marilyn

                      _____

                      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com]
                      On
                      Behalf Of genmom4
                      Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
                      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                      Subject: [S-R] New to Group

                      Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
                      will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

                      I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                      I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
                      or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

                      My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                      megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                      Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                      alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

                      My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                      megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                      baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
                      to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                      1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                      church of baptism have the marriage record?

                      Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of a
                      shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                      that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                      not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                      arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
                      to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                      manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

                      My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                      her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                      Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                      to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                      been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                      commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                      hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                      name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                      that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                      According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
                      for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
                      knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

                      My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                      had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
                      LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
                      strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                      surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
                      and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
                      I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
                      of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                      people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                      in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

                      The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
                      of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                      Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                      She ran a boarding house.

                      Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                      Pittsburgh area.

                      The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                      Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                      Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                      I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                      Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

                      I think I've covered the basic information here.
                      Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                      Barbara

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                    • Ben Sorensen
                      I put that in another post, dear. :-) BUT like I said, it is a gawd-awful database to use without speaking Slovak. It throws grammar, definitions, and census
                      Message 10 of 29 , Sep 18, 2008
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                        I put that in another post, dear. :-)
                        BUT like I said, it is a gawd-awful database to use without speaking Slovak. It throws grammar, definitions, and census records into one big lump. For example, Kovac is not just a surname, but also a word meaning "smith" or "blacksmith." It all gets thrown into one big entry... grammar, derivatives, surnames.... so NO fun if you don't speak Slovak.

                        However, once you pick up on the format, the database is a great first step.
                        take care
                        Ben


                        --- On Thu, 9/18/08, Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@...> wrote:

                        > From: Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@...>
                        > Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                        > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                        > Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:50 AM
                        > Thanks for your reply Ben. It was a shot in the dark, but I
                        > 'had' to ask.
                        > What 1995 census are you looking at?
                        >
                        > Happy hunting,
                        > Marilyn
                        >
                        > _____
                        >
                        > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                        > [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
                        > Behalf Of Ben Sorensen
                        > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 11:52 PM
                        > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                        > Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Hello Marilyn,
                        > Varsanyik is clearly masculine, otherwise it would end in
                        > -ova in this case.
                        > Varsa is also masculine, and Varsova is the feminine.
                        > Varsanyik does not pull up in the 1995 census, nor does
                        > Varsanjik (a rather
                        > Dutch-looking surname :-D)I tried them for the heck of
                        > it....
                        >
                        > Varsanik however does, both spelt Varsaòik and
                        > Var¹aòík. Varsa and Var¹a
                        > both are still extant.... and these are all masculine.
                        > Sorry to tell you that the theory doesn't hold.
                        > Hope this helps....
                        > Ben
                        >
                        > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@
                        > <mailto:mjhertenstein%40charter.net> charter.net>
                        > wrote:
                        >
                        > From: Marilyn Hertenstein <mjhertenstein@
                        > <mailto:mjhertenstein%40charter.net> charter.net>
                        > Subject: RE: [S-R] New to Group
                        > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@
                        > <mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > yahoogroups.com
                        > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 10:41 AM
                        >
                        > Barbara,
                        > I wish you luck in your research and wanted to ask your
                        > (and others) opinion
                        > as to the name Varsanyik. My father's family was VARSA
                        > from Teplicska, near
                        > Spisska Nova Ves. It is possible the Varsa is the male
                        > version of
                        > Varsanyik?
                        >
                        > Marilyn
                        >
                        > _____
                        >
                        > From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@
                        > yahoogroups. com]
                        > On
                        > Behalf Of genmom4
                        > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
                        > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                        > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                        >
                        > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although
                        > some of you
                        > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech
                        > Forum.
                        >
                        > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the
                        > country.
                        > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                        > Hungarian
                        > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                        >
                        > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce,
                        > Zemplin
                        > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace
                        > in
                        > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik
                        > with an
                        > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                        >
                        > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica,
                        > Saros
                        > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have
                        > her
                        > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not
                        > been able
                        > to find her marriage record. She would have married
                        > sometime in
                        > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would
                        > the
                        > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                        >
                        > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the
                        > son of a
                        > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization
                        > papers claim
                        > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but
                        > I have
                        > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate
                        > of
                        > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is
                        > written next
                        > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan)
                        > on the
                        > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                        >
                        > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in
                        > 1901, but
                        > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived
                        > in
                        > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she
                        > decided
                        > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and
                        > I have
                        > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to
                        > the
                        > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this
                        > surname,
                        > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her
                        > mother's
                        > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable
                        > to find
                        > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in
                        > that area.
                        > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew
                        > Takach filed
                        > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized.
                        > If someone
                        > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate
                        > it.
                        >
                        > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the
                        > family
                        > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to
                        > locate any
                        > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that
                        > there is a
                        > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is
                        > a total
                        > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman
                        > Catholic church,
                        > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman
                        > Catholic Church.
                        > I would appreciate any information on this particular area,
                        > just east
                        > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common
                        > for Jewish
                        > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna,
                        > although,
                        > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                        >
                        > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and
                        > were members
                        > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                        > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West
                        > Homestead, PA.
                        > She ran a boarding house.
                        >
                        > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                        >
                        > Pittsburgh area.
                        >
                        > The surnames that I have compiled information on are:
                        > Hrinda,
                        > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak,
                        > Csopnyak,
                        > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                        > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena,
                        > Takacs,
                        > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                        >
                        > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                        > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                        > Barbara
                        >
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                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
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                      • Gil Kubancsek
                        Barbara,   I know the place in Munhall you mention very well.  Old Nathan Builders & lumber yard is no longer, I think it burned down a number of years
                        Message 11 of 29 , Sep 19, 2008
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                          Barbara,
                           
                          I know the place in Munhall you mention very well.  Old Nathan Builders & lumber yard is no longer, I think it burned down a number of years ago.
                           
                          I believe the The Carnegie Library in Munhall does have some historical information on the area but I don't know how or if the data has been cataloged.  
                           
                          The library has the local newspaper, The Daily Messenger, from the 1880s on microfilm.  The microfilm can be viewed on machines located at the library.  I have found this resource very helpful in learning about the past history of the area.
                           
                          Information about the library can be accessed at www.homesteadlibrary.org  The library is located at 510 East 10Th Avenue in Munhall, PA 15120 and can be contacted at  412.262.3444
                           
                          There is the Slovak Museum and Archives at Jednota Estates in Middletown, Pa but unfortunately they were not able to provide any useful information concerning my requests. Dr, Anthony Sutherland is the Curator/Archivist and can be contacted at Rosedale Avenue and Jednota Lane, Middletown, PA 17057.
                           
                          Another resource for genealogy data is the Archives and Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  This archives contains most baptismal, confirmation, first communion, marriage & death records over 70 years old from parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This office was able to provide a baptismal and death record for a young relative  I nor any current  relative knew about,
                           
                          The Archives and Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is located at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
                           
                          Although this Archives does not have cemetery records, the folks at St. Maximilian Parish office provided dates and precise locations of relative graves who were members of St. Michael's Parish and buried in St. Michael's cemetery.  A visit to the cemetery and information on the gravestones provided confirming and additional data for the family history database,  
                           
                          U.S. Census data for 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 indexed and available at the Carnegie Library in Oakland, PA  was also very useful in my research.
                           
                          I hope this helps.
                           
                          Gil
                           
                           
                          --- On Thu, 9/18/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:

                          From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                          Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group
                          To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                          Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:49 AM






                          Dear Gil,
                          Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                          well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                          Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                          Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                          sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                          Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                          on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                          many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                          grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                          woodcrafting abilities.

                          I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                          pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                          The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                          from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                          Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                          I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                          groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                          Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                          anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                          Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                          genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                          Thanks so much!!
                          Barbara

                          > Hello Barbara,
                          >  
                          > I was born and raised in Munhall.  My paternal grandparents settled
                          in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                          Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA.   They were members of St.
                          Michael's RC Church.
                          >  
                          > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in 
                          the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                          folks.
                          >  
                          > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                          if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                          >  
                          > I also welcome you to the group.
                          >  
                          > Gil K.
                          >
                          >
                          > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@... > wrote:
                          >
                          > From: genmom4 <geismom@... >
                          > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                          > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                          > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                          you
                          > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                          >
                          > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                          > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                          Hungarian
                          > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                          >
                          > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                          > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                          > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                          > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                          >
                          > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                          > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                          > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                          able
                          > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                          > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                          > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                          >
                          > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                          a
                          > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                          > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                          > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                          > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                          next
                          > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                          > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                          >
                          > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                          > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                          > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                          > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                          > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                          > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                          > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                          > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                          > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                          > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                          filed
                          > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                          someone
                          > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                          >
                          > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                          > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                          any
                          > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                          a
                          > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                          > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                          church,
                          > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                          Church.
                          > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                          east
                          > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                          > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                          > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                          >
                          > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                          members
                          > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                          > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                          > She ran a boarding house.
                          >
                          > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                          > Pittsburgh area.
                          >
                          > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                          > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                          > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                          > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                          > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                          >
                          > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                          > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                          > Barbara
                          >
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                        • genmom4
                          Dear Gil, Thanks for the Munhall Carnegie library information. I will have to check that out. Do they alone have the Daily Messenger holdings? Do you know
                          Message 12 of 29 , Sep 19, 2008
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                            Dear Gil,
                            Thanks for the Munhall Carnegie library information. I will have to
                            check that out. Do they alone have the Daily Messenger holdings? Do
                            you know if Oakland has a copy? Did they publish marriages, deaths,
                            etc,? Did the Daily Messenger only cover Munhall news?

                            Are you sure that the Jednota museum is still in Middletown? I live
                            east of that area, and when we last made the trip back to Pittsburgh,
                            there was a Sale sign up right where the Jednota sign sits. I
                            wondered if they moved up to the Danville area.

                            I've worked with the Catholic Diocese in the area. But, I have not
                            contacted the people at St. Maximillian Kolbe. Did you go there
                            personally and speak with someone?

                            I'll have to look into the holdings of the Carnegie Library as well.
                            I have been there in the past, but since they put a park where the
                            parking lot used to be, I find parking to be a bit annoying.
                            Thanks for your advice.
                            Barbara

                            > Barbara,
                            >  
                            > I know the place in Munhall you mention very well.  Old Nathan
                            Builders & lumber yard is no longer, I think it burned down a number
                            of years ago.
                            >  
                            > I believe the The Carnegie Library in Munhall does have some
                            historical information on the area but I don't know how or if the
                            data has been cataloged.  
                            >  
                            > The library has the local newspaper, The Daily Messenger, from the
                            1880s on microfilm.  The microfilm can be viewed on machines located
                            at the library.  I have found this resource very helpful in learning
                            about the past history of the area.
                            >  
                            > Information about the library can be accessed at
                            www.homesteadlibrary.org  The library is located at 510 East 10Th
                            Avenue in Munhall, PA 15120 and can be contacted at  412.262.3444
                            >  
                            > There is the Slovak Museum and Archives at Jednota Estates in
                            Middletown, Pa but unfortunately they were not able to provide any
                            useful information concerning my requests. Dr, Anthony Sutherland is
                            the Curator/Archivist and can be contacted at Rosedale Avenue and
                            Jednota Lane, Middletown, PA 17057.
                            >  
                            > Another resource for genealogy data is the Archives and Records
                            Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  This archives contains most
                            baptismal, confirmation, first communion, marriage & death records
                            over 70 years old from parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This
                            office was able to provide a baptismal and death record for a young
                            relative  I nor any current  relative knew about,
                            >  
                            > The Archives and Records Center of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is
                            located at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
                            >  
                            > Although this Archives does not have cemetery records, the folks at
                            St. Maximilian Parish office provided dates and precise locations of
                            relative graves who were members of St. Michael's Parish and buried
                            in St. Michael's cemetery.  A visit to the cemetery and information
                            on the gravestones provided confirming and additional data for the
                            family history database,  
                            >  
                            > U.S. Census data for 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 indexed and available
                            at the Carnegie Library in Oakland, PA  was also very useful in my
                            research.
                            >  
                            > I hope this helps.
                            >  
                            > Gil
                            >  
                            >  
                            > --- On Thu, 9/18/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                            > Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group
                            > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                            > Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:49 AM
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > Dear Gil,
                            > Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                            > well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                            > Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.
                            >
                            > Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                            > sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                            > Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that
                            house
                            > on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                            > many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by
                            my
                            > grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                            > woodcrafting abilities.
                            >
                            > I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these
                            great
                            > pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                            > The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall
                            PA
                            > from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                            > Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.
                            >
                            > I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                            > groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                            > Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                            > anyone know if such information exists somewhere?
                            >
                            > Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                            > genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?
                            >
                            > Thanks so much!!
                            > Barbara
                            >
                            > > Hello Barbara,
                            > >  
                            > > I was born and raised in Munhall.  My paternal grandparents
                            settled
                            > in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                            > Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA.   They were members of St.
                            > Michael's RC Church.
                            > >  
                            > > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in 
                            > the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                            > folks.
                            > >  
                            > > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me
                            know
                            > if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                            > >  
                            > > I also welcome you to the group.
                            > >  
                            > > Gil K.
                            > >
                            > >
                            > > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@ > wrote:
                            > >
                            > > From: genmom4 <geismom@ >
                            > > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                            > > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                            > > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                            > you
                            > > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                            > >
                            > > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                            > > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                            > Hungarian
                            > > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                            > >
                            > > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                            > > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                            > > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with
                            an
                            > > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                            > >
                            > > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                            > > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                            > > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                            > able
                            > > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                            > > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                            > > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                            > >
                            > > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son
                            of
                            > a
                            > > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers
                            claim
                            > > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I
                            have
                            > > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                            > > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                            > next
                            > > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                            > > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                            > >
                            > > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901,
                            but
                            > > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                            > > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she
                            decided
                            > > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                            > > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                            > > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                            > > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her
                            mother's
                            > > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to
                            find
                            > > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that
                            area.
                            > > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                            > filed
                            > > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                            > someone
                            > > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                            > >
                            > > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                            > > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                            > any
                            > > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there
                            is
                            > a
                            > > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a
                            total
                            > > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                            > church,
                            > > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                            > Church.
                            > > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                            > east
                            > > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for
                            Jewish
                            > > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna,
                            although,
                            > > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                            > >
                            > > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                            > members
                            > > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                            > > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead,
                            PA.
                            > > She ran a boarding house.
                            > >
                            > > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                            > > Pittsburgh area.
                            > >
                            > > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                            > > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak,
                            Csopnyak,
                            > > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                            > > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena,
                            Takacs,
                            > > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                            > >
                            > > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                            > > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                            > > Barbara
                            > >
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                          • John Vamos
                            Barbara, Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up
                            Message 13 of 29 , Sep 19, 2008
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                              Barbara,

                              Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                              The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners". I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                              My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                              John Vamos


                              ----- Original Message -----
                              From: genmom4
                              To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                              Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group


                              Dear Gil,
                              Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                              well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                              Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                              Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                              sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                              Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                              on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                              many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                              grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                              woodcrafting abilities.

                              I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                              pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                              The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                              from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                              Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                              I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                              groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                              Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                              anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                              Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                              genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                              Thanks so much!!
                              Barbara

                              > Hello Barbara,
                              >
                              > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                              in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                              Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                              Michael's RC Church.
                              >
                              > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                              the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                              folks.
                              >
                              > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                              if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                              >
                              > I also welcome you to the group.
                              >
                              > Gil K.
                              >
                              >
                              > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                              > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                              > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                              > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                              you
                              > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                              >
                              > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                              > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                              Hungarian
                              > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                              >
                              > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                              > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                              > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                              > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                              >
                              > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                              > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                              > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                              able
                              > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                              > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                              > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                              >
                              > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                              a
                              > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                              > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                              > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                              > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                              next
                              > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                              > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                              >
                              > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                              > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                              > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                              > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                              > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                              > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                              > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                              > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                              > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                              > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                              filed
                              > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                              someone
                              > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                              >
                              > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                              > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                              any
                              > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                              a
                              > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                              > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                              church,
                              > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                              Church.
                              > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                              east
                              > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                              > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                              > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                              >
                              > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                              members
                              > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                              > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                              > She ran a boarding house.
                              >
                              > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                              > Pittsburgh area.
                              >
                              > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                              > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                              > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                              > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                              > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                              >
                              > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                              > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                              > Barbara
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
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                            • conserg@aol.com
                              John and Barbara I too have family in that area.? However I am looking for the Braddock Free Press.? My relatives were from Rankin an Swissvale. Do you have
                              Message 14 of 29 , Sep 19, 2008
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                                John and Barbara

                                I too have family in that area.? However I am looking for the Braddock Free Press.? My relatives were from Rankin an Swissvale. Do you have any knowledge of where the Braddock Free Press could be found.

                                I understand that the current owner of the Braddock Free Press merged it with the Homestead Messenger.? He gave copies to the Carnegie Library of Oakland.? However they said they don't have them.

                                Jean


                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                Sent: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 7:41 pm
                                Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group






                                Barbara,

                                Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                                The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners". I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                                My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                                John Vamos

                                ----- Original Message -----
                                From: genmom4
                                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                                Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                Dear Gil,
                                Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                                well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                                Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                                Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                                sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                                Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                                on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                                many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                                grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                                woodcrafting abilities.

                                I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                                pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                                The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                                from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                                Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                                I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                                groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                                Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                                anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                                Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                                genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                                Thanks so much!!
                                Barbara

                                > Hello Barbara,
                                >
                                > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                                in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                                Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                                Michael's RC Church.
                                >
                                > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                                the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                                folks.
                                >
                                > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                                if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                                >
                                > I also welcome you to the group.
                                >
                                > Gil K.
                                >
                                >
                                > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                                >
                                > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                                > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                                > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                                you
                                > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                                >
                                > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                                Hungarian
                                > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                                >
                                > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                                >
                                > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                                able
                                > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                                >
                                > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                                a
                                > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                                next
                                > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                                >
                                > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                                filed
                                > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                                someone
                                > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                                >
                                > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                                any
                                > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                                a
                                > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                                church,
                                > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                                Church.
                                > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                                east
                                > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                                >
                                > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                                members
                                > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                > She ran a boarding house.
                                >
                                > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                > Pittsburgh area.
                                >
                                > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                                >
                                > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                > Barbara
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
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                              • John Vamos
                                Jean, I don t know if the Braddock Free Press papers reside at the Munhall library (actually it is called the Carnegie Library of Homestead these days
                                Message 15 of 29 , Sep 20, 2008
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                                  Jean,

                                  I don't know if the Braddock Free Press papers reside at the Munhall library (actually it is called the Carnegie Library of Homestead these days according to the director's business card), however you might want to contact Tyrone Ward, Library Director, at 412-462-3444 or wardt@.... Mr. Ward has been very helpful.

                                  I have not been to the McKeesport Carnegie Library, but I have heard that they may have some materials pertaining to McKeesport, Duquesne and some of the other Steel Valley towns. A contact there is Jo Ellen Kenney, 412-672-0627.

                                  John Vamos


                                  ----- Original Message -----
                                  From: conserg@...
                                  To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 11:02 PM
                                  Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group


                                  John and Barbara

                                  I too have family in that area.? However I am looking for the Braddock Free Press.? My relatives were from Rankin an Swissvale. Do you have any knowledge of where the Braddock Free Press could be found.

                                  I understand that the current owner of the Braddock Free Press merged it with the Homestead Messenger.? He gave copies to the Carnegie Library of Oakland.? However they said they don't have them.

                                  Jean

                                  -----Original Message-----
                                  From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                  To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 7:41 pm
                                  Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                  Barbara,

                                  Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                                  The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners". I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                                  My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                                  John Vamos

                                  ----- Original Message -----
                                  From: genmom4
                                  To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                                  Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                  Dear Gil,
                                  Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                                  well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                                  Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                                  Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                                  sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                                  Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                                  on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                                  many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                                  grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                                  woodcrafting abilities.

                                  I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                                  pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                                  The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                                  from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                                  Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                                  I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                                  groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                                  Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                                  anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                                  Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                                  genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                                  Thanks so much!!
                                  Barbara

                                  > Hello Barbara,
                                  >
                                  > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                                  in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                                  Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                                  Michael's RC Church.
                                  >
                                  > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                                  the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                                  folks.
                                  >
                                  > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                                  if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                                  >
                                  > I also welcome you to the group.
                                  >
                                  > Gil K.
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                                  > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                                  > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                                  you
                                  > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                                  >
                                  > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                  > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                                  Hungarian
                                  > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                                  >
                                  > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                  > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                  > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                  > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                                  >
                                  > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                  > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                  > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                                  able
                                  > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                  > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                  > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                                  >
                                  > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                                  a
                                  > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                  > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                  > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                  > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                                  next
                                  > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                  > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                                  >
                                  > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                  > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                  > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                  > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                  > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                  > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                  > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                  > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                  > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                  > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                                  filed
                                  > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                                  someone
                                  > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                                  >
                                  > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                  > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                                  any
                                  > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                                  a
                                  > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                  > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                                  church,
                                  > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                                  Church.
                                  > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                                  east
                                  > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                  > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                  > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                                  >
                                  > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                                  members
                                  > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                  > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                  > She ran a boarding house.
                                  >
                                  > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                  > Pittsburgh area.
                                  >
                                  > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                  > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                  > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                  > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                  > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                                  >
                                  > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                  > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                  > Barbara
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                  >

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                                • conserg@aol.com
                                  John - Thank you.I too went to Munhall High so I am very familiar with the area.Also my sister-in-law is a Slinchak who lived near Ravine Street but was unable
                                  Message 16 of 29 , Sep 20, 2008
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                                    John - Thank you.I too went to Munhall High so I am very familiar with the area.Also my sister-in-law is a Slinchak who lived near Ravine Street but was unable to help.

                                    Jean


                                    -----Original Message-----
                                    From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                    Sent: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 7:05 am
                                    Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group






                                    Jean,

                                    I don't know if the Braddock Free Press papers reside at the Munhall library (actually it is called the Carnegie Library of Homestead these days according to the director's business card), however you might want to contact Tyrone Ward, Library Director, at 412-462-3444 or wardt@.... Mr. Ward has been very helpful.

                                    I have not been to the McKeesport Carnegie Library, but I have heard that they may have some materials pertaining to McKeesport, Duquesne and some of the other Steel Valley towns. A contact there is Jo Ellen Kenney, 412-672-0627.

                                    John Vamos

                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                    From: conserg@...
                                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                    Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 11:02 PM
                                    Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                    John and Barbara

                                    I too have family in that area.? However I am looking for the Braddock Free Press.? My relatives were from Rankin an Swissvale. Do you have any knowledge of where the Braddock Free Press could be found.

                                    I understand that the current owner of the Braddock Free Press merged it with the Homestead Messenger.? He gave copies to the Carnegie Library of Oakland.? However they said they don't have them.

                                    Jean

                                    -----Original Message-----
                                    From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                    Sent: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 7:41 pm
                                    Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                    Barbara,

                                    Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                                    The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners". I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                                    My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                                    John Vamos

                                    ----- Original Message -----
                                    From: genmom4
                                    To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                    Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                                    Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                    Dear Gil,
                                    Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                                    well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                                    Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                                    Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                                    sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                                    Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                                    on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                                    many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                                    grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                                    woodcrafting abilities.

                                    I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                                    pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                                    The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                                    from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                                    Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                                    I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                                    groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                                    Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                                    anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                                    Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                                    genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                                    Thanks so much!!
                                    Barbara

                                    > Hello Barbara,
                                    >
                                    > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                                    in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                                    Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                                    Michael's RC Church.
                                    >
                                    > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                                    the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                                    folks.
                                    >
                                    > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                                    if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                                    >
                                    > I also welcome you to the group.
                                    >
                                    > Gil K.
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
                                    >
                                    > From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
                                    > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                                    > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                    > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    >
                                    > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                                    you
                                    > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                                    >
                                    > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                    > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                                    Hungarian
                                    > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                                    >
                                    > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                    > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                    > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                    > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                                    >
                                    > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                    > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                    > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                                    able
                                    > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                    > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                    > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                                    >
                                    > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                                    a
                                    > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                    > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                    > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                    > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                                    next
                                    > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                    > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                                    >
                                    > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                    > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                    > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                    > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                    > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                    > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                    > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                    > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                    > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                    > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                                    filed
                                    > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                                    someone
                                    > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                                    >
                                    > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                    > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                                    any
                                    > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                                    a
                                    > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                    > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                                    church,
                                    > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                                    Church.
                                    > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                                    east
                                    > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                    > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                    > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                                    >
                                    > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                                    members
                                    > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                    > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                    > She ran a boarding house.
                                    >
                                    > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                    > Pittsburgh area.
                                    >
                                    > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                    > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                    > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                    > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                    > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                                    >
                                    > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                    > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                    > Barbara
                                    >
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                                    >
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                                  • Gil Kubancsek
                                    John & Barbara,   Thanks for the reminder on the Homestead Directories, I had forgotten about them. I did find several relatives in the directories but some
                                    Message 17 of 29 , Sep 20, 2008
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                                      John & Barbara,
                                       
                                      Thanks for the reminder on the Homestead Directories, I had forgotten about them. I did find several relatives in the directories but some of the data was in conflict with census reports and other family history documents. 
                                       
                                      I was particularly interested in the Daily Messenger for the years 1902 to 1925 looking for births, marriages and deaths.  Although the information was not well organized like the media reports of today I was able to find the information I  was seeking spread throughout the paper.   As I recall the marriages were primarily in the society news section, births were reported in local news and deaths appeared to be listed in the classified section. 
                                       
                                      Maybe I was just lucky to have found the information I was seeking during my review.
                                       
                                      My wife and I also graduated from Munhall High School.  I was a graduate in the Class of 1952.
                                       
                                      I had two friends who lived on Ravine Street, Joe Dhotar and Stan Leskanic. I don't recognize any of the surnames you are researching.
                                       
                                      Do you folks live in the Munhall-Homestead area?  I live in North Huntingdon PA, several miles from the Irwin exit of the PA Turnpike.
                                       
                                      Gil K.  

                                      --- On Fri, 9/19/08, John Vamos <jvamos1@...> wrote:

                                      From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                      Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group
                                      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                      Date: Friday, September 19, 2008, 10:41 PM






                                      Barbara,

                                      Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                                      The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners" . I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                                      My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                                      John Vamos

                                      ----- Original Message -----
                                      From: genmom4
                                      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                                      Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                                      Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                      Dear Gil,
                                      Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                                      well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                                      Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                                      Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                                      sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                                      Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                                      on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                                      many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                                      grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                                      woodcrafting abilities.

                                      I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                                      pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                                      The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                                      from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                                      Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                                      I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                                      groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                                      Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                                      anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                                      Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                                      genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                                      Thanks so much!!
                                      Barbara

                                      > Hello Barbara,
                                      >
                                      > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                                      in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                                      Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                                      Michael's RC Church.
                                      >
                                      > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                                      the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                                      folks.
                                      >
                                      > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                                      if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                                      >
                                      > I also welcome you to the group.
                                      >
                                      > Gil K.
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@... > wrote:
                                      >
                                      > From: genmom4 <geismom@... >
                                      > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                                      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                                      > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                                      you
                                      > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                                      >
                                      > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                      > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                                      Hungarian
                                      > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                                      >
                                      > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                      > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                      > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                      > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                                      >
                                      > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                      > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                      > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                                      able
                                      > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                      > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                      > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                                      >
                                      > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                                      a
                                      > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                      > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                      > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                      > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                                      next
                                      > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                      > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                                      >
                                      > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                      > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                      > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                      > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                      > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                      > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                      > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                      > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                      > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                      > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                                      filed
                                      > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                                      someone
                                      > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                                      >
                                      > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                      > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                                      any
                                      > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                                      a
                                      > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                      > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                                      church,
                                      > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                                      Church.
                                      > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                                      east
                                      > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                      > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                      > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                                      >
                                      > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                                      members
                                      > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                      > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                      > She ran a boarding house.
                                      >
                                      > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                      > Pittsburgh area.
                                      >
                                      > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                      > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                      > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                      > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                      > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                                      >
                                      > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                      > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                      > Barbara
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                                    • John Vamos
                                      Gil, I live in the Maryland suburbs of DC. My wife and I are 1960 MHS graduates. We still have some family living in Munhall and West Mifflin. John V ...
                                      Message 18 of 29 , Sep 21, 2008
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                                        Gil,

                                        I live in the Maryland suburbs of DC. My wife and I are 1960 MHS graduates. We still have some family living in Munhall and West Mifflin.

                                        John V

                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                        From: Gil Kubancsek
                                        To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:04 AM
                                        Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group


                                        John & Barbara,

                                        Thanks for the reminder on the Homestead Directories, I had forgotten about them. I did find several relatives in the directories but some of the data was in conflict with census reports and other family history documents..

                                        I was particularly interested in the Daily Messenger for the years 1902 to 1925 looking for births, marriages and deaths. Although the information was not well organized like the media reports of today I was able to find the information I was seeking spread throughout the paper. As I recall the marriages were primarily in the society news section, births were reported in local news and deaths appeared to be listed in the classified section.

                                        Maybe I was just lucky to have found the information I was seeking during my review.

                                        My wife and I also graduated from Munhall High School. I was a graduate in the Class of 1952.

                                        I had two friends who lived on Ravine Street, Joe Dhotar and Stan Leskanic. I don't recognize any of the surnames you are researching.

                                        Do you folks live in the Munhall-Homestead area? I live in North Huntingdon PA, several miles from the Irwin exit of the PA Turnpike.

                                        Gil K.

                                        --- On Fri, 9/19/08, John Vamos <jvamos1@...> wrote:

                                        From: John Vamos <jvamos1@...>
                                        Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group
                                        To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                        Date: Friday, September 19, 2008, 10:41 PM

                                        Barbara,

                                        Something that the Munhall Library has that may be of interest to you is a set of the Homestead Directories. They cover the period from about 1890 up to about 1945, and contain names, addresses and, in some instances, occupation and employer of residents of Munhall, Homestead, Whitaker Boro, and Mifflin Township (Homeville - now West Mifflin Boro).

                                        The Daily Messengers were somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping that I would find some info concerning marraige announcements, obituaries etc.. I viewed a few years around 1910 and found little mention of eastern european surnames period. I got the impression that in that era they were generically handled or dismissed as "foreigners" . I don't know if Oakland has the Messenger microfilms.

                                        My wife's family lived on Ravine St. up until the 1930s. The surname is Skarupa. She and I graduated from Munhall High School. Surnames that I have been investigating are Vamos, Sabol, Gustashaw (Kostychak), Toth and Skarupa - all from the Munhall, West Mifflin and Duquesne area.

                                        John Vamos

                                        ----- Original Message -----
                                        From: genmom4
                                        To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                                        Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 7:49 AM
                                        Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                        Dear Gil,
                                        Thanks for the welcome! My mom was born and raised in Munhall as
                                        well. She grew up on the corner of Ravine Street and East Eighth
                                        Avenue, across from the Old Nathan Builders.

                                        Stephen Hanchak set up residence down the road on Ravine Street,
                                        sometime after he immigrated. He is shown owning the house at 1018
                                        Ravine St. in 1920. His son, John, my grandfather, bought that house
                                        on the corner, and they actually shared it with another family for
                                        many years. The fine touch wood working on the inside was done by my
                                        grandfather, who, along with his brother, Paul, had outstanding
                                        woodcrafting abilities.

                                        I appreciate you asking about the photos. It's sad having these great
                                        pieces of history, and no clue as to who is in them.
                                        The Hanchak family were members of St. Michael's Church in Munhall PA
                                        from the get go, and remained that way, until it became St.
                                        Maximillian Kolbe, much to the dismay of my grandma.

                                        I was wondering if any records exist in that area regarding Slovak
                                        groups or organizations? Jednota, or something similar? Slovak
                                        Catholic Church organizations? Yearbooks, memberships, etc? Does
                                        anyone know if such information exists somewhere?

                                        Does anyone know if the Carnegie Library branch in Munhall holds
                                        genealogy information pertaining to Munhall?

                                        Thanks so much!!
                                        Barbara

                                        > Hello Barbara,
                                        >
                                        > I was born and raised in Munhall. My paternal grandparents settled
                                        in Homestead in 1902 and my maternal grandparents relocated to
                                        Munhall in 1914 from Walston, PA. They were members of St.
                                        Michael's RC Church.
                                        >
                                        > I don't recognize the names you noted but I still have family in
                                        the Munhall-Homestead area and will ask them if they know of these
                                        folks.
                                        >
                                        > I visit the Munhall-Homestead area quite often; please let me know
                                        if there is anything I can do for you during my visits.
                                        >
                                        > I also welcome you to the group.
                                        >
                                        > Gil K.
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > --- On Wed, 9/17/08, genmom4 <geismom@... > wrote:
                                        >
                                        > From: genmom4 <geismom@... >
                                        > Subject: [S-R] New to Group
                                        > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                                        > Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 9:39 AM
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of
                                        you
                                        > will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.
                                        >
                                        > I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                        > I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site:
                                        Hungarian
                                        > or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.
                                        >
                                        > My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                        > megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                        > Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                        > alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.
                                        >
                                        > My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                        > megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                        > baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been
                                        able
                                        > to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                        > 1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                        > church of baptism have the marriage record?
                                        >
                                        > Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/ Handzak. He was the son of
                                        a
                                        > shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                        > that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                        > not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                        > arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written
                                        next
                                        > to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                        > manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.
                                        >
                                        > My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                        > her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                        > Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                        > to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                        > been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                        > commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                        > hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                        > name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                        > that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                        > According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach
                                        filed
                                        > for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If
                                        someone
                                        > knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.
                                        >
                                        > My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                        > had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate
                                        any
                                        > LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is
                                        a
                                        > strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                        > surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic
                                        church,
                                        > and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic
                                        Church.
                                        > I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just
                                        east
                                        > of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                        > people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                        > in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.
                                        >
                                        > The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were
                                        members
                                        > of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                        > Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                        > She ran a boarding house.
                                        >
                                        > Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                        > Pittsburgh area.
                                        >
                                        > The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                        > Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                        > Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                        > I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                        > Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.
                                        >
                                        > I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                        > Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                        > Barbara
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                                      • Marilyn Hertenstein
                                        Barbara, I am interested in your findings for Varsanyik. My ancestors from Slovakia were VARSA. Any chance the two names came from the same family? I found
                                        Message 19 of 29 , Feb 23, 2010
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                                          Barbara,
                                          I am interested in your findings for Varsanyik. My ancestors from Slovakia
                                          were VARSA. Any chance the two names came from the same family? I found
                                          them all in Teplicska near Spisska Nova Ves.

                                          Marilyn Hertenstein

                                          From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
                                          Behalf Of Tom Geiss
                                          Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 9:20 AM
                                          To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                                          Subject: Re: [S-R] New to Group

                                          Welcome to the group Barbara. I've been in it a few months now, and, believe
                                          me, I'm impressed with many of our EXPERTS. I've truly learned a lot.
                                          I am unfamiliar with any of the surnames you mentioned; however I have one
                                          observation, regarding your inquiry, about people of Jewish ancestry
                                          converting to Roman Catholicism. I knew of a man who was a baptised
                                          Catholic, who decided to adopt Judaism, for his own reasons.
                                          When we get into the exploration of genealogy, we never know what we are
                                          likely to uncover. Tom
                                          ----- Original Message -----
                                          From: genmom4
                                          To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS%40yahoogroups.com>
                                          Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:39 AM
                                          Subject: [S-R] New to Group

                                          Hello all! I am new to this Slovak-Roots Group, although some of you
                                          will probably recognize me from the Delphi Slovak/Czech Forum.

                                          I was born to Slovak parents, so I have many roots in the country.
                                          I am not sure what the town name protocol is on this site: Hungarian
                                          or present-day Slovak.I will use the modern day.

                                          My one maternal great grandmother was born in Sliepkovce, Zemplin
                                          megye. She is the one line that I have been able to trace in
                                          Slovakia with confidence. Her family surname was Varsanyik with an
                                          alias of Lackzo. Her mother's surname was Hrinda.

                                          My other maternal great-grandmother was born in Cervenica, Saros
                                          megye, northeast of Kosice. Her surname was Stofan. I have her
                                          baptismal entry from the church in that town, but have not been able
                                          to find her marriage record. She would have married sometime in
                                          1910. Is there some way for me to find this record? Would the
                                          church of baptism have the marriage record?

                                          Her husband was Stefan Hancsak/Hangyak/Handzak. He was the son of a
                                          shepherd and was born in Kralovce. His naturalization papers claim
                                          that he immigrated on the Cleveland in October of 1910, but I have
                                          not been able to find him on the manifest. His certificate of
                                          arrival number, printed on his naturalization papers, is written next
                                          to the name of an entirely different man (Janos Matadyan) on the
                                          manifest. This continues to be a mystery for me.

                                          My paternal grandmother was born in Whiting, Indiana, in 1901, but
                                          her family returned to the United States in 1902. She lived in
                                          Slanske Nove Mesto, Abauj megye, until she was 22, when she decided
                                          to return to the United States. Her surname was Takac, and I have
                                          been unable to figure out just which family she was, due to the
                                          commonness of the name. I'm actively involved with this surname,
                                          hoping to be able to trace back the family line here. Her mother's
                                          name was Funcik, or some variation, and I have been unable to find
                                          that surname in any of the films that I have searched in that area.
                                          According to the 1900 census in Whiting, Indiana, Andrew Takach filed
                                          for Naturalization papers, although he never naturalized. If someone
                                          knows of a source for this information, I would appreciate it.

                                          My paternal grandfather was born in Trnava. Apparently the family
                                          had emigrated from Zavar to Trnava. I have been unable to locate any
                                          LDS films for this particular area. I have been told that there is a
                                          strong chance that his family may have been Jewish. This is a total
                                          surprise to me, since my dad was baptized in a Roman Catholic church,
                                          and his father and his mother were married in a Roman Catholic Church.
                                          I would appreciate any information on this particular area, just east
                                          of Bratislava, regarding this possibility. Was it common for Jewish
                                          people to convert to Catholicism? His surname is Mrenna, although,
                                          in Slovakia, it was spelled Mrena.

                                          The Hanchak/Stofan couple immigrated to Munhall, PA and were members
                                          of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.
                                          Anna Varsanyik married a Bulgarian and lived in West Homestead, PA.
                                          She ran a boarding house.

                                          Mrenna/Takac married in Turtle Creek, and lived in the East
                                          Pittsburgh area.

                                          The surnames that I have compiled information on are: Hrinda,
                                          Varsanyik/Lackzo, Stofan, Stoffa, Vejak, Hruska, Handzak, Csopnyak,
                                          Takac, Tais, Votodian, Mrena.
                                          I continue to look for information regarding Mrenna/Mrena, Takacs,
                                          Funcik, Stoffa and Stofan, Hancsak.

                                          I think I've covered the basic information here.
                                          Thanks so much for letting me participate in this group.
                                          Barbara

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                                        • genmom4
                                          Dear Marilyn, My Varsanyik relatives used the alias Laczko (or some variation of that spelling). They lived in Sliepkovce (Szelepka), Dubrovka (Dubroka) and
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                                            Dear Marilyn,
                                            My Varsanyik relatives used the alias Laczko (or some variation of that spelling). They lived in Sliepkovce (Szelepka), Dubrovka (Dubroka) and Budkovce (Butka). These towns are just south of Mihalovce in Zemplen Megye. They can be found online at the pilot search site of the Family History Website.
                                            My Varsanyik family seems to be rooted in those towns. I found them in the 1869 census, and they are all farmers.
                                            There is quite a distance between those two towns. My opinion would be that these are Varsa would not be from the same family line as Varsanyik.
                                            Thanks for the message.

                                            Barbara


                                            - In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Marilyn Hertenstein" <mjhertenstein@...> wrote:
                                            >
                                            > Barbara,
                                            > I am interested in your findings for Varsanyik. My ancestors from Slovakia
                                            > were VARSA. Any chance the two names came from the same family? I found
                                            > them all in Teplicska near Spisska Nova Ves.
                                            >
                                            > Marilyn Hertenstein
                                            >
                                          • Gary Gaba
                                            I noticed in Barbara s e-mail that she mentions (regarding her maternal great-grandfather) that His certificate of arrival number, printed on his
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                                              I noticed in Barbara's e-mail that she mentions (regarding her maternal
                                              great-grandfather) that "His certificate of arrival number, printed on his
                                              naturalization papers, is written.." . This is the first time I've heard of
                                              a Certificate of Arrival Number; Is this the number that shows on her
                                              Naturalization Petition (AR# 4700902 - bottom left) or would appear on only
                                              Naturalization Papers and can anyone please advise as to how I might trace
                                              that back to an Ellis Island Manifest? I have a great-aunt that I have been
                                              trying to identify as to when she came to the US and we only know her
                                              married surname and, if I can relate a Certificate of Arrival Number back to
                                              a Manifest, it will resolve a mystery that my brother and I have been trying
                                              to solve for 5 years now.



                                              FYI: Also, I am tracking the following family names (Arrivals from 1900 -
                                              1910) and would appreciate if anyone else has any information on the
                                              following..



                                              Paternal Side of Family

                                              Gaba from Vagujfalu or Nove Mesto

                                              Hanacsek from Kocsoce or Trencin

                                              Hajdusek from Kocsoce or Trencin



                                              Maternal Side of Family

                                              Bull (Bul) from Nyitra Sarfo or Radosina

                                              Vrba from Radosina



                                              Thanks,

                                              Gary



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                                            • CurtB
                                              Barbara, In case you did not know, Varsanyik is spelled Vars~anik in modern Slovak. There are still Vars~anik that live in Sliepkovce and Michalovce, any
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                                                Barbara,

                                                In case you did not know, Varsanyik is spelled Vars~anik in modern Slovak. There are still Vars~anik that live in Sliepkovce and Michalovce, any relation?

                                                Curt B

                                                --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "genmom4" <geismom@...> wrote:
                                                >
                                                > Dear Marilyn,
                                                > My Varsanyik relatives used the alias Laczko (or some variation of that spelling). They lived in Sliepkovce (Szelepka), Dubrovka (Dubroka) and Budkovce (Butka). These towns are just south of Mihalovce in Zemplen Megye. They can be found online at the pilot search site of the Family History Website.
                                                > My Varsanyik family seems to be rooted in those towns. I found them in the 1869 census, and they are all farmers.
                                                > There is quite a distance between those two towns. My opinion would be that these are Varsa would not be from the same family line as Varsanyik.
                                                > Thanks for the message.
                                                >
                                                > Barbara
                                                >
                                                >
                                                > - In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Marilyn Hertenstein" <mjhertenstein@> wrote:
                                                > >
                                                > > Barbara,
                                                > > I am interested in your findings for Varsanyik. My ancestors from Slovakia
                                                > > were VARSA. Any chance the two names came from the same family? I found
                                                > > them all in Teplicska near Spisska Nova Ves.
                                                > >
                                                > > Marilyn Hertenstein
                                                > >
                                                >
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