Searching ancestors of Philadelphia Slovaks in Vlosac, Fricovce, Saris
- I am researching the ancestors of my grandparents Yozef HENDRICHOVSKY (13 May
1886, Philadelphia, PA) and Ilona HUDAK (22 March 1888, Pottstown, PA).
His father, Yozef Hendrchovsky was born in Vlosac in Frichovce, Saris
His mother Anna, was also born there.
Her mother was also Anna, but I know little of her.
Family legend has
the elder Yozef returning to Slovakia "to take care of family business". By
1920 records indicate that he is dead. My goal is to find what became of him
The local FHC catalog indicates microfilms (1792103 and 1792104) of parish
records. Has anyone had occasion to look at these records? Are they in Latin?
Hungarian? Slovak? How are they organized? Can you give me advice on the
use of these records? Also, on the contents list of these microfilms, there is
mention of one town listed named HENSRICHOCVE. Is it just a coincidence that
the town name is so close to the surname of my ancestor?
There is a very interesting document about Philadelphia Slovaks on the web at
http://www.libertynet.org/balch/zecker.htm It details which sections of
Philadelphia attracted Eastern Slovak immigrants and which sections attracted
Western Slovak immigrants. Those of us dealing with these questions might
find that information helpful.
Also, I was able to locate my grandfather's file from the Slovak Gymnastic
Union Sokol. From this I found the spelling of his name before it was
Anglicized, and his home address in Philadelphia. I then went to the local
church records. I have had recent success in finding family marriage and
baptismal records from the St. John Nepomucene Slovak Catholic church records.
Since St. John's was closed several years ago, these records are now kept at
St. Agnes Slovak Catholic Church in Philadelphia.
I plan to travel to Slovakia in mid September to research this branch of the
family and could use tips from anyone who has searched in this area. Are there
local genealogists who my be of help to me?
Eleanor M. Henry, PhD .....................ehenry@...
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