I am trying to research my Grandfather's family. He is the last of his
siblings left alive. He was also the number 11th child out of 13 born, therefore
he does not have all of the knowledge that his older brothers and sisters would
have had regarding his family.
Grandpa's surname is GARCHER. Recently a kind soul on this list educated me
on the spelling vs. pronunciation. CS is pronounced like the English CH in
I took the new spelling, GARCSAR, and ran with it to the Ellis Island web
site. Yes, there was Josef GARCSAR from Hungary, arrived February 08, 1892, age
25, on the ship Lahn, departed from Bremen, Germany. I am almost positive
that this is my great grandfather.
Josef GARCAR married Anna URBANY on October 26, 1893, in the newly formed
Roman Catholic church Visitation in PA. They are my great grandparents. Note
I have in my possession copies of 2 different deeds for his property in Brier
Hill, Pennsylvania, USA. One deed has Josef (Joseph)'s name spelled at the
top as GARCHER and at the bottom as GARCAR. OK. I know that there are GARCARs
in the same PA area but have not been able to connect them. I had a short
visit with my grandfather in June and asked some questions about the family
name. He is 86 so I wasn't sure how much he would remember. He told me that,
"YES," he had uncles Frank and Michael, brothers of Joseph and that they had
changed the spelling of their last names.
Another GARCAR researcher from the same PA area has tracked her Michael
GARCAR back to 1875 born in Kezmarok, Slovakia. Can this be where my GARCSAR is
I have not been able to view the ship's passenger list. I know I need to do
Doe anyone have any connections to my GARCHER, GARCAR, GARCSAR, GARCHAR
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
New Jersey, USA
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