I'm a new mwmber and wanted to say hi
I've been researching my family tree for about 10 years and have just
moved to my Father's family. Sad to say that besides him and a few
long lost cousins we have no family here is the US. All I know about
my great-grandparents is what I have found on thier Ellis Island ship
logs. I am told that we came from slovakia, but here is what I know.
If any of you can tell me if I'm in the right group please do.
Vasil dZak - home town listed on ship logs as Jablonska
Zuzzanna dZak- home town listed as Hostovice
Nearest relative still in orig country listed as Jan dZak - Zupa
Zemplinska Vysni Jabonska
Arrived in USA April 1921
Am I in the correct forums?
- Thank you, hopefully every little tip I get will lead me to my grandmother. I would love to show my mother, now 92 and Anna's daughter when she came her and her life before my mother was born.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Tarkulich
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2009 10:07 PM
Subject: RE: [S-R] Re: ANNA PLAVCAN - ORLOV
Just a lot of experience, doing this thousands of times for 10 years.
The trick is to use as few letters a possible in Steve Morse's tool. Idea
being that the letters are probably good for the first few characters, then
the probability is high it wrong the more letters you add.
First identify what all the possible village names would be, past and
present, and adjacent village names to.
Second, put part of the village name into Steve's form. I started with
I also need to put the first letter of a last name in or it will take
forever. Start with the obvious P, then try looks-likes. Hey, it's only 26
letters in the alphabet. If no hits on ORLO, I back off to ORL .
If I start to find surnames from ORLO or ORLOV, I write them down. If I
don't find my surname, I then search for other surnames from the same
village. I then look at each manifest and see who traveled with them.
And you do this over and over again until you have exhausted all the
So, I've left you with the evidence. Your personal research I leave to you,
I don't do that. Remember, there is likely to be more than one person with
the same name. So it will take skullduggery on your part to sort out who is
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of margesonny
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2009 9:11 PM
Subject: [S-R] Re: ANNA PLAVCAN - ORLOV
Bill, how do you find this stuff so fast?
1. Anna had a brother Jan or Janos but not Peter
2. Her mother was Zuzanna Hrabtsakova Plavcan but she never
came to the US
3. I am told she came in through NY and went to CT to stay with an
aunt. I understand her brother Jan came before her and that he was
the one that arranged her marriage to Andrew Varhola
I have a file of Plavcan information, I need to go through it again,
may have something there I am missing
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Tarkulich"
> Search for other people from this village.
> I started with various old names for the same village, then
> neighboring villages when I saw the name showing up nearby.
> I find these record in Ellis Island interesting
> Plawcsan, Janos
> B. 1865, arrived 1908
> Village of Andrejovka (nearby village)
> First arrived in the US, 1903-1906, went to his brother PETER in
> Left behind a wife, Panaka?
> Plawcsan, Zuzanna
> Kijos, Hungary, KIJO which is now KYJOV (another nearby village)
> Arrive 1912, age 18.
> Went to Bridgeport CT, left behind father Janos.
> This could be it:
> Plavcsan, Anna
> Kija, Hungary
> Born 1894 (how sure are you of her birth year?)
> Arrived 1914
> Went to Bridgeport CT
> Went to brother in law Janos Pavlik
> Maid servant single, aged 20
> Held for special inquiry (with deported crossed out) - suggest you
> end of manifest pages for this roll to see what the disposition
> The "cs" was a standard Magyar spelling. Plavcan would have been
> Good Luck,
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