RE: [S-R] Stasko/Sztasko, Strunya/Strunak/Struniak, and Lesny surnames
- I'd rather see you get their place of birth in some way other than the
death cert. Death Certs are notoriously erroneous and nobody checks the
info. Here are some better places to get the all-important place of
Have you sleuthed through www.elllisisland.org database for your
I doubt they were Greek Orthodox. They probably were confused with
Greek Catholic. Read about it here
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06744a.htm I should know. :) My GPs
were Greek Catholic, my wife is Greek Orthodox, I was baptized RC. The
GO never made it to Upper Hungary (Slovakia) in any numbers that
mattered. They could also mean Orthodox, but I doubt it. In this
region, it was Roman Catholic and Lutheran, as you can see from the
Stasko/Sztasko - the later is the Magyar (Hungarian) spelling of STASKO
Strunak/Struniak - are clearly lingustic variations. Strunya sounds
like something that was an American adaptation from the prior name.
Many Strunak in SR phone book. Start here
From: Elaine Mazur [mailto:elainemazur@...]
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 11:30 PM
Subject: [S-R] Stasko/Sztasko, Strunya/Strunak/Struniak, and Lesny
I'm about one week new to the group. I am researching my g-grandfather
and g-grandmother, George Stasko (Sztasko) 15 Jan 1876 - 8 Jun 1945 and
Mary Strunya (Strunak) 3 Mar 1877 - 18 Nov 1918. I also have the dates
for Mary Strunak as May 1880 - 21 Nov 1919. Both variations of each of
their names are listed on different documents. Her cousin Mike spelled
his name Struniak. They all settled in Western PA. Both were born in
Slovakia and were married in the U.S. on 12 Sept 1900. Marriage cert.
states they were Greek Orthodox. Mary appears to have been illiterate at
the time of the marriage as she made two x's where her signature should
have been. She died in the flu pandemic. I am in the process of getting
both of their death certificates.
Question: Is anyone else out there researching either family name?
On the other side of my family, my grandmother was Rosa Lesny. She came
to the U.S. with other family members and their residence is listed as
"Amina." Immigration and census records list them as everything from
Slovak to Polish to Ukranian. Is this another Carpathian name? Any idea
where Amina is?
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