Re: Guidance for a beginner
- If they were not naturalized you can send for their Alien Registration from the US Archives..
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, William Wright <wawright40@...> wrote:
> I would first like to apologize for my ignorance on the matter of Slovak roots. I have been trying to grasp as much information as possible from the resources and various messages within this group and it is highly overwhelming for me.
> The information I have on my great-grandparents may be too minimal to receive any kind of assistance. I'm just looking for someone to send me in the right direction of finding out where my family came from.
> My great-grandfather: GeorgeÂ COPAK SOPAKÂ (listed on his grave stone in WEST VIRGINIA) 1892 - 1976Â Â Â Â
> * The 1930 census states he was born in Czechoslovakia in 1894 and his immigration year is 1909.
> * The 1920 census states he was born in Bohemia in 1892.
> * The US SS Death Index has his dates as March 1893 - December 1976This is all the information I have on him. His son, GEORGE SOPAK, was my maternal grandfather and I never met him. I was too young to speak to my great aunts and uncles to get information from them as to their roots. There were 10 of them and they were all born in PA or WV.
> My great-grandmother, George's wife, is SUSIE SOKOL SOPAK (listed on her grave stone in WEST VIRGINIA) 1894 - 1975
> These are all the solid facts I have. The rest of the information would only be guesses. Such as these:
> * The 1910 census has a SUSAN SOKOL, aged 16 from Hungary, living with a "LAPCHEK" family. I list this as possibly relevant because they were living in Luzerne, PA, which is not too far (16 miles) from where George and Susie Sopak had children: Star Junction, PA. From the FamilySearch.org website under the "Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 Evangelical (EvanjelÃckÃ¡ cirkev) DolnÃ½ KubÃn Å½aÅ¡kov Baptisms (Krsty) 1871-1911" I find a "ZUSANNA SOKOL" born in March of 1894 with parents of "JAN SOKOL and KATRENA DZURIK". This information could be totally irrelevant. I saw the name and birth month and considered there could be a connection.Here is the link to the image of the baptism document:Â http://tiny.cc/tmtzkw
> * In the Ellis Island arrival records there is a "ZUZANNA SZOKOL" arriving from Brenen in October of 1913, with her previous residence being GABOLTO, Hungary.Thank you in advance for any assistance. If the information is not specific enough, I completely understand.
> * Â Â Â Â The 1930 census states she was born in Czechoslovakia in 1894 and her immigration year is 1913. It also lists her as "SUSA", not Susie.
> * Â Â Â Â The 1920 census states she was born in Bohemia in 1896.
> * Â Â Â Â The US SS Death Index has her dates as March 21, 1894 - October, 1975
> * Â Â Â Â On their daughter's (ANNA SOPAK) marriage record it lists her as "SUSIE SOKAL" (PA 1930s)
> * Â Â Â Â On their infant son's death (JOHN SOPAK, WV 1931) it lists her as "SUSAN SUSOO"
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