Re: Dobry Den!
Yes, this is an easy one. Travel with Helene.
For more information see:
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, KathleenKleber@... wrote:
> We went 3 years ago and had a private driver take us to the villages of
> Papradno and Hvozdnica in the Bytca region. We found names in the white
> pages from over there of people with the same last name as my grandmother's
> maiden name - we weren't able to find my grandfather's because we were not sure
> of the correct original spelling - but after going to the cemetery we knew
> what the correct spelling was. Milan our driver spoke fluent English and
> was tremendous as an interpreter. We had such an amazing experience meeting
> family. A lot of slivovich. We would love to go over again next summer
> but are not sure what is the best tour group to hook up with. Our first
> trip we just had this man recommended, he has 5 children now and just
> doesn't have the time any more to do this type of thing. His wife has been ill
> as well. Any one have good suggestions about a good tour group?
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- Hi Sue,
Sorry, but I still haven't heard back from the fellow whose family might also be from Kolackov. I've emailed him again.
From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of sue_groh
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 8:45 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Dobry Den!
I'm so glad this story struck a chord with so many on this board! It seems providential to me that it was printed on Christmas Day this year, as I feel I'm getting closer to my grandparents every week for the past few months. It's taken a long time, but I believe I've found my grandmother Katherine Duracinsky's birthplace, Kolackov, and my grandfather Pal Groch's, Poloma.
My father and aunt both mentioned Poloma as a place from which my grandfather immigrated, and I have found enough in U.S. census records to convince me that's where my Groch family came from. The fact that Kolackov is only about 35 miles from Poloma, and there are many Duracinskys listed in local records there, gives me the drive to investigate it as my grandmother's birthplace. The U.S. census records show various spellings that could be derivatives of the village's name.
I never knew my grandparents-she died in 1929, he in 1938, long before I was born, and spent relatively little time with my father's siblings who lived in Cleveland.
Stephanie, I know there is no replacement for immediate family, and I hope you are seeking your relatives from Slovakia. I look forward to visiting there some time, and I also plan to seek out living relatives here in the states. I have found many names to seek out. My parents are gone, and my siblings are far-flung. Who knows-maybe I'll find a few "new" relatives in my neighborhood?
I really appreciate this online community, and the folks I've met in person from the group were all very friendly and interesting.
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