Re: [S-R] Searching for information on my ggm Mary MATKO MEHAL
- How about the Slovak spelling for the English pronunciation?
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:
>> What other research sources have you exhausted already?
>> All my resource links mentioned above here here
>> 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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