Greetings, fellow searchers in Slovakia.
I'm a new member searching for my father's family's origins in
Slovakia. My great grandparents, Charles Albert Vozar (1868 - ?) &
Anna Liptak (1872 - ?) came to the USA in c. 1892 with their 1 year
old son Albert, settling in Dixonville, PA. My grandfather,
Charles/Karol was born in PA. The family entry is not listed in the
Ellis Island records and probably entered the country through another
east coast city. One of my older living relations says he saw their
gravestones in the Catholic Cemetery in Dixonville.
Three months ago, a woman in England who family shares my surname
(Vozar), wrote to me, wondering me if we might be related. Many
messages, traded pictures and phone calls later, Margareta invited me
to accompany her and her husband on a trip to Prague and Bratislava.
I could not refuse. While in Slovakia, we did a great deal of
searching in the matrikas of Bratislava, Sered', S^urovce & Horny
C^epen^ (between Trnava & Nitra). We found lots of Vozars, including
her gr grandfather Jan Vozar and her grandfather Alexandr, but I was
not able to find my gr granfather Charles Albert (Karol Adalbert?).
Thus we were unable to prove a relationship between our families, and
I still do not know if my family came from this area of the country.
My paternal grandmother, Anna Spisak, left Slovakia at a much later
date (1911) from Dobsina. She and her mother and two brothers are in
the Ellis Island records. I have not yet tried to contact any of the
Spisaks in the Dobsina area. Oddly enough, Margareta's brother
married a Spisakova girl, making it possible the two families are
I'd welcome any suggestions as to what to do next or where to look. I
will probably return at some point to Slovakia with my "cousin"
Margareta, and continue the search, but it's a big country to go
through, one matrika at a time!
Thanks in advance for any help.
Ktorý Slovák nemá rád jedlo?"