Re: Introduction (and a question)
- Those are good basic questions. Your grandmother was born in what would
later be Czechoslovakia. At that time it was part of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire. People would write "Austria" for short. Bohemia was the name of
the area which is now the western part of today's Czech Republic. It was
once a kingdom, but never a country in the modern sense, so that's why the
census shows a correction.
She could well have been Polish. People moved around.
Researching Hanicak, Urban, Puhalla
----- Original Message -----
From: Debbe and Mira <mira_the_cat@...>
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 10:55 PM
Subject: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Introduction (and a question)
> From: Debbe and Mira <mira_the_cat@...>
> Hi, I just joined the email list and I have a
> (hopefully) easy question.
> I always believed my paternal grandmother was born in
> Czechoslovakia. She died in 1926 (when my dad was 3),
> and when I got a copy of her death certificate, her
> birthplace was shown as Austria.
> On the 1920 census, her birthplace had been shown as
> Bohemia, but that was crossed out and Austria was
> written in. The strange thing was her language was
> shown as Polish (which my grandfather was), but I
> recall my dad saying he grew up speaking a mishmash of
> Polish and some other Slavic language.
> Unfortunately, all of the relatives on that side are
> gone now, so I'm wondering if Bohemia is considered
> Czech or Slovak? And why is Austria involved?
> My grandmother's surname probably was Mudrak (although
> her death certificate showed Mudiak), if that helps.
> Thanks for any advice!
- Hi Debbe & Mira:
I grew up in the little mining town of Taylor, Pa. In the Phelps Patch
section of Taylor. The lady who lived about 3 houses up from us was Mrs.
Mudrak. She was ancient when I was a young girl and am sorry to say I know
nothing about the family.
If this is an area you are interested in, there are churches there that may
give you a clue.
- Hi Debbe. I know that you received an answer to you question all ready. I
just wanted you to know that you aren't alone. My grandparents came from
Hungary. The 1920 census states Aust-Pol, and his death certificate says
Czech. To top it all off the town he was born in (Munkacs) is now part of the
Ukraine! What a mess <g>
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