Re: Digest Number 169
Do you have any idea where your grandparents may have been in 1920? If you do, go to your local Family History Center and use the Soundex system to get the 1920 census film for them. The 1920 census will tell you when they entered the US. You may then want to take a look at the 1910 Census to get an idea where they were when (if?) they were naturalized. Once you have an idea of when and where they were naturalized (and, hopefully they were!) you can go to the appropriate regional archives via
( http://www.nara.gov ) and order their naturalization papers via email. The naturalization papers will tell you the date they entered the country, the port they came thru, the ship they came on and the village they came from. (I have just completed this step with the NARA in 11 days!) The next step is to go to the passenger lists/arrival records for their ship. I am told to expect more valuable information from these lists.
All of this presumes that your grandparents were married in the "old country" and emigrated together. If they met and married here, you will need to do more detective work on your grandmother. You'll need her maiden name. This is where I am on my work -- but, I have at least got the thread on my grandfather. You should be able to do the same.
I wish you good luck with your search! Keep asking questions when you need help. There are some very helpful people on this list -- one of whom has been invaluable in the search for my grandmother's maiden name. So, be certain to use all the replies you get and don't be afraid to ask for more help!
> Message: 1
> Date: 25 Jan 2000 09:35:16 -0000
> From: Appalacia@...
> Subject: Fetchik
> Hi everyone, I am sorry to bother you over something like this, but I am adopted and recently found out that my biological Grandmother's maiden name was Helen Fetchik. Her parents names were Anna and John Fetchik. I was told they came from Slovakia or Czechoslovakia. Helen was born in the US with her sisters-Anna, Elizabeth,and Mary. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this name or if it is even from one of these countries. Any information would be great. Thank you for your time.
- In a message dated 1/25/0 11:12:44 AM, SLOVAK-ROOTS@onelist.com writes:
<< I am adopted and recently found out that my biological Grandmother's
maiden name was Helen Fetchik. Her parents names were Anna and John Fetchik.
>>Dear Friend - want to call you by name but not listed in your message.
I am so happy for you -to find out your parents and your ancestral heritage
is really wonderful !
I have a data base of names for some 13,000 people and I don't find any
but do find two listings for Fec~ik which I think is your name - pronouncing
it would sound just like Fetchik and likely it was aAmericanized this way,
nto al all uncommon.
One is a friend who is from my most favorite Slovak village - he has been
there many times and in fact led an international campaign to save the
vilalge from being flooded by a dam. The man in Slovakia that he worked with
was the only European to receive the international Godlen Prize for
environemntal corncerns in SAn Francisco last year. My friend who has roots
in Torysky in old Spis county in E. Slvoakia is Walter Orange and I can give
you his address to contact if you wish.
I publish a newsletter for osme 1,500 people with Slvoak heritage mostly
here in th US and owuld be glad to send you a free ample copy - Slvoakia is a
magical country with 25,000 years of culture and history and it sounds like
it is your very own too.
All best wishes to you. I would also like to list your surname in our Slvoak
Pride listing and to do that ned to have your first and last name - usually
we communicate with possible ancestral connections by e mail. But notsure I
have Walter's - he is a school teacher - in his 30s or 40 s and last summer
married a lovely woman from e. Slvoakia.
- Hi Helen:
would love to have a copy of your free booklet and I could add a few names to
My name is
544 27th street
San Francisco Ca, 94131