who is Anna Fojtik r. Lahutik?
- Thank you all for your input. My grandmother's notes
from 1928 (they were found when she died in 1995)
contained the address for one "Anna Fojtik r. Lahutik"
My grandmother's first husband and my grandfather was
Stephan Fojtik born Povina. His parents were Andrej
Fojtik and Anna Vojtas. From the archives in Byt*a
it is found that there were possibly 3 brothers:
Stephan,Michael and Jan. Stephan married my
grandmother here in the US and Michael lived with
them. It was known in the family that Michael did not
marry and died young. From the archives I know that
there were 2 Anna Fojtiks born to Andrej Fojtik/Anna
Vojtas and Andrej Ocsko Fojtik/Anna Vojtas. "Anna
Fojtik r. Lahutik" could have been my grandfather's
mother who perhaps remarried after her husband and my
grandfather's father died or a widowed sister-in-law
(Jan's wife?). It is known that my grandmother did
not know the Fojtiks prior to meeting them in the US.
Are there census, tax, city directories for Povina
which could help me find out exactly who Anna Fojtik
r. Lahutik was (period of 1825-1930)?
Many of you appear to be extremely knowledgeable
the culture, history etc of Slovakia and very fluent
in the language. Sadly I am not. There is a mystery
of major proportions involved in my story and I won't
bore you with it. Some of you have suggested I write
to the people I find with that surname in the area of
(advice was to check the phone listings) but since I
don't speak, read or write Slovak is that practical?
I consider myself extremely lucky because I put a
query out on a Slovak genealogy site for the area of
and after two years got a reply from the man who has
now become my friend. I have a small Eng/Slovak
travel dictionary and use it as best I can but live in
saying something or doing something to upset this most
generous and kind gentleman and his family. I tend to
be a straight forward person and know my personality
type can offend some people and try to guard against
this happening between my friend and I.
So any suggestions on how I should proceed from
this point in my research? I might add I am doing
this not just for me but mostly for my 90 year old
mother who knew nothing about her father or his people
and little about my grandmother's people and the life
long reocurring nightmare that my mother has, the
source which I believe is connected to her father's
death. Can you imagine at that age, finding out that
you have cousins in Kalava and maybe someone in Povina
who may hold the key to mysterious circumstances
surrounding the death of her father?
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