Re: [S-R] 1995 Slovak Census
- Dear Ben,
I don't think we have any documents from Slovakia. Many years ago,
(~ 15 maybe?) my parents took my grandmother to Slovakia on a tour,
and my mom did tell me that they met someone in that Sliepkovce area
who was related. (grandma is no longer with us.) So, I'm presuming
that the name dropped the "y".
Since you seem to be quite knowledgable in this subject, perhaps you
could help me to understand the many spelling of my mom's maiden
My great grandfather went by Hanchak in the US, although his brother
decided to go by Hancsak.
The birth certificate written by the priest, in Kralovce, has the
name spelled Hangyak.
In Kecerovce, the name is Handzak. Now, I ask you, does the "gy" and
the "dz" sound the same? It just doesn't seem right to me.
But, I have my gr.grandfather's birth, and his brother's birth (who
was baptized in Kecerovce)and those are the two different spellings
by the two different priests.
I also worked my gr.grandfather's father back to Gonc, with the
spelling of Handza.
It certainly is interesting watching the spelling of the name change
over the years, and the different spelling in the different
registries. Remember, this man was a shepherd, so I found him in
numerous registries. Also found an entire line of Handzak's
southeast of Kosice, who do not seem to be related at all.
Thanks, in advance, for your help.
> Hi Barbara,since we don't use those diacritical marks- makes it HARD to tell.
> The two Varsaniks are the two ways that the last name appears- and
The long I and the short I can only be deciphered in your family
history by having more evidence. :-) Do you have any
letters/documents from Slovakia?
> --- On Thu, 9/18/08, genmom4 <geismom@...> wrote:
> From: genmom4 <geismom@...>
> Subject: [S-R] 1995 Slovak Census
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 4:30 PM
> I accessed the site, and put the surname of Varsanik in.
> That pulled up two different entries. I am not familiar enough with
> slovak to have a clue what it is telling me, except that I do see
> town name Mihalovce, which is very close to the town where the
> Varsanyik family originated.
> Thanks for the clue.
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- I never realized how similar the flags of the Scandinavian countries are,
including Finland. Thanks for the links!
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [S-R] mailings FINISH CONNECTION
In grade school it was a surprise to learn Finland is part of Scandinavia,
but geographically it makes sense if you don't limit yourself to the one
peninsula, and so often Denmark & Iceland are included.... I found Finland
is regularly considered Scandinavian in Europe. While working on US
embassies in the Baltics I spent time in Estonia as well & learned how the
Estonians kept up with Western news through Finnish television.
Finnish & Estonian are closely related. Hungarian is distantly related. To
find more Finno-Urgic speaking peoples you have to go into northern Siberia.
For an emmigrant perspective on 'Scandinavian' check out
for another view, somewhat contradictory (where can you find an ethnic topic
without contradictions ?)
Just the flags sharing a common theme with varying colors gives a hint of
the close association. I will leave the rest to politicians and geographers
for finer divisions. By the way, a Scandinavian geographer determined that
the middle point of Europe is 25 km due north of Vilnius, Lithuania! So
Slovakia is quite Central European, not Eastern Euro.
The Balts (Estonia, Lithuania& Latvia) also group themselves together,
although Latvia and Lithuania share similar languages & Estonian is again
quite different. Estonia and Lithuania have strong ties to Scandinavia,
while Latvia is more removed. Just do not confuse Baltics with Balkans!
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