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Re: [S-R] Searching for information on my ggm Mary MATKO MEHAL

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  • n8de@thepoint.net
    How about the Slovak spelling for the English pronunciation? MIHAL Don Havlicek Edmore, MI
    Message 1 of 12 , May 2, 2009
      How about the Slovak spelling for the English pronunciation?

      Don Havlicek
      Edmore, MI

      Quoting gjederman <jederman54@...>:

      > Bill, Initially I searched the manifests (they're hard on the
      > eyeballs!) for "Mehal" or anything similar, during the year the
      > census says the arrived. Then I started searching for a Mehal with a
      > wife and one child. It will have to be and ongoing effort because
      > the only thing close (man, wife, child) was written in hand writing
      > that I couldn't make out the woman's name - Mary. BTW do you know
      > if Mary is Maria in Slovak? We have no info yet on any return trips
      > to Slovakia. I'm looking into the "border" possibility.
      > Was Slovakia predominately Catholic? Thanks. G
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Tarkulich"
      > <bill.tarkulich@...> wrote:
      >> Welcome to the group "G",
      >> MATKO - We need to get the village of origin. Let's consider sources.
      >> First reaction is to check the Slovakia Phonebook. What I find however is
      >> that surname dispersed throughout the country.
      >> Second thought is to look at ellisisland.org. Hmm. Problem with manifests
      >> before 1890 is that they are not very detailed. Nothing comes up with that.
      >> Next thought is immigration records. Were they ever naturalized?
      >> Next, other travel records. Did they ever return?
      >> Looking at children's birth records for village of parents. Won't be found
      >> on a "certificate" but is often found in the church books. Were all
      >> children born in the states?
      >> Another possibility is to look in the Slovakia phone books for MEHAL and
      >> MATKO, and try to locate both names in one geographic area. Did MEHAL
      >> family ever travel back to Europe? Did other family or villagers ever come
      >> to visit them or move to the states? Often families had boarders (US
      >> Census) and these are often people they knew before. Tracing them often
      >> finds clues.
      >> Here are even more ideas where to look for the village name:
      >> http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/ancestral_village.htm
      >> What other research sources have you exhausted already?
      >> All my resource links mentioned above here here
      >> http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/toolbox.htm
      >> Other pages explain how to use them as can most of the members here.
      >> Regards and Good Luck,
      >> Bill Tarkulich
      >> p.s., with Ellis, be certain to try name variations.
      >> -----Original Message-----
      >> From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      >> Behalf Of gjederman
      >> Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 8:00 PM
      >> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      >> Subject: [S-R] Searching for information on my ggm Mary Matko
      >> Hi, this is my first post, I'm new to the group. I joined to see if I can
      >> learn more about my family and their Slovak culture. I'm focusing on my
      >> ggm, Mary Matko, 1863-1949. She married John Mehal o/a 1881 and they
      >> immigrated to the States o/a 1890 (but it could have been earlier depending
      >> on which census we're looking at) with one daughter Annie, 1888-1987. They
      >> settled in Snyder Township, Jefferson Co, PA. They were Catholic.
      >> What I don't know:
      >> -What village she came from. Presumably her husband came from the same or a
      >> nearby village.
      >> -Was her maiden name actually spelled "Matko"
      >> What I'm almost certain of:
      >> - Her husband's last name "Mehal" was anglicized o/a the time of
      >> immigration. The 1910 census uses the Mehal spelling.
      >> The reason I'm focusing on Mary Matko is because there seem to be fewer
      >> variations of the Matko name spelling. But the pre-immigration spelling
      >> possibilities for Mehal are numerous.
      >> If anyone has any recommendations, similar experiences, or a Matko or Mehal
      >> somewhere in their tree it would be great to hear from you. Thanks much.
      >> v/r G
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