I am a new subscriber to SLOVAK-ROOTS. While previously researching the
family name in the Family History Center in Greentree, PA, I met Anabeth
Dollins who gave me the e-mail address of Paul Brna, who lives in
Northbrook, IL. I had previously met him (in 1956) when I had first
moved to Chicago. At the time I was looking up the name Andrej Brna who
was born about 1809. When I mentioned the name to the librarian,
Anabeth, whom I did not know at the time, told me that Andrew Brna had
been a partner with her grandfather in a tailor shop. Obviously, we were
not talking about the same Andrej Brna. The mention in the FHS was
apparently a dead end since I could find out no more other than he lived
in Hungary, married Anna Kapustova about 1841. They had a daughter,also
named Anna, born about 1842. Whether there were other children, I do not
In any case, I didn't get to thank Anabeth for steering me to Paul Brna.
At the present time, I have no idea whether there is a relationship
between his family and mine.
My father, Josef Brna, was born in Liesek, in what is now Slovakia on
November 1, 1888. His parents were Michael Brna and Mary Kubus Brna. I
know nothing further about my grandparents, at this time. He came to
this country with four brothers, John, Thomas, Stephen and Matthew,
Stephen and Matthew did not like it here and returned to Slovakia.
Matthew reportedly was driving horses to Russia about the First World War
and was not heard from again.
While I was growing up, the only Brnas that I knew were those in my
immediate family and the families of my two uncles. I have since learned
that the name is not all that uncommon. In addition to the Brnas in
Chicago, I have also learned of a Josef Brna, who finally settled in
Emporia, VA, and whose descendants I have also been in contact with. One
of his sons, George, and his wife, Mary, are written up in the Maryland
Genealogical Society Bulletin (Broderbund CD #208). If someone has this
CD, I would appreciate yoour e-mailing these biographies to me.
I learned of SLOVAk-ROOTS today and hope that I will get more benefit
from subscribing to this list rather than SLOVAK WORLD. I am not
interested in the various side issues that the members of SLOVAK WORLD
seem to enjoy.
If anyone can help me in my research on my father's family, I would
certainly appreciate it. I am retired and have only recently become
interested in my family history. It is a pity that I could not have
begun to be interested while my parents and uncles were still living, but
that's the way it goes, I guess.
William F. Brna
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