Re: Futej and Danel/Daniels
- --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@y..., Hrtswhspr@a... wrote:
> Seeking info an Jon (John) DANIELS or Barbara FUTEJ. They are my great g=rand
> parents..... on my grandmothers birth cert., her parents are both listed =as
> being born in Austria..... have also been told they were born in Slovack.=but
> Born approx. 1877-1879. Family story has it they met in New Jersey..... =
> that is unproven at this time. Thier first child was listed as being bor=n in
> New York in 1902..... several more in Clifton, New Jersey..... and still =more
> in Milford CT. The last child was born in 1920. Also.....how often do y=ou
> find the birth cert. name to be different from the name used as an child =and
> adult? On my grandmothers birth cert. she is listed as "Margarete Danel="
> But later in life used Helen Margaret Daniels. (Social Sec. App.... deat=h
> cert etc....) soooo is this common?Before WW I, Slovakia was part of Upper Hungary (Felvidék) and
part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) and earlier a
part of Hungary under the Austrian Empire.
Hungarian names were used for towns and counties.
The surnames Danel, Daniel, Danihel and Futej (Futey) all appear
The question is where ?
Many emigrants changed their names after arrival in the U.S.
In American records many surnames were 'sounds-like' rather than
the original surname spelling.
The listener (clerk, official, priest) wrote down what he thought the
emigrant had said in reply to question.
Read a U.S. marriage certificate once, where the surnames of bride and
groom were written 4 different ways in the same document.
Nobody checked for the correct spelling.
In addition the couple were both minors and had added 5 years to their
Nobody checked until years later when they were naturalized as American cit=