Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 31 — Mini-Profile

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).


I decided to write a profile for my grandmother's sister, Anna Fencsak Bavolar.


Anna Fencsak Bavolar was born on May 15, 1893 to Ilona and Mihaly Fencsak in Freeland, PA.  She arrived in America in 1911, and was matched for marriage to George Bavolar by her sister, Mary Ceyba.  Not long after the birth of her first daughter, Mary, Anna returned to Slovakia to care for her mother, who was ill and now re-married to Mihaly Zelenak.  During that time Anna experienced conflict with her step-father who was a possessive person and did not want Anna there looking after her mother.  Ilona died in 1917, but World War I delayed Anna’s return home until 1920.  Anna and her husband eventually had four more children.  Anna’s son George was killed trying to jump on a moving truck.

Anna died in 1959 from “myocardial infarction,” and “congestive heart failure.”

Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 30 — Words of Wisdom

March 30 — Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?






My mother taught me to believe in myself and that just because someone else had more money, more advantages, or more opportunities that I shouldn't feel they were better than me, or that this made me less of a person.  She also taught me not to give up just because something seemed difficult or impossible to accomplish.  Mom was a very smart woman and while at the time I couldn't understand the lessons or principles she was trying to teach, I can truly appreciate them now.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 29 — Honoring a Female Ancestor w/ a Page or Trading Card

March 29 — Create a free Footnote Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs  for a female ancestor.  Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist.  This time, the card is for your ancestor.



I chose to create a free Footnote Page for Elizabeth Alzo (my grandmother).   I used data from the Footnote database to help build the page - there are links to the 1930 census entry for her and to her naturalization petitions. I also added an image of her obituary, and plan to add some stories, and more information down the line.  



Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 28 — Best Friend

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend?  Your grandmother’s?  How and where did they meet? How long were they friends?  What activities did they share?


My mother's best friend growing up was Dolores.  I don't want to infringe on her privacy so I won't post her last name or a photograph or any more details.  But I know that my mother was very close with her.  While Dolores moved to another state, the two still kept in touch over the years with letters and Christmas cards. Many years ago, when I threw a surprise party for my parents 50th wedding anniversary, I invited Dolores and she came!  My mother was so surprised--the two hugged and cried and spent the weekend sharing memories. I know it meant so much to my mom to have her best friend there.  It was one of those extra special moments in time that you will always remember.  


I'm not sure about my grandmothers.  They were close to many of their neighbors and women they knew from church. 




Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 27 — Immigration Story

March 27 — Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors?  Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation?  Interesting family stories?

The immigration story of my grandmother Verona was what prompted me to begin my genealogical research.  She was the last of her siblings to immigrate to America, arriving at age 22 with her niece Mary, who was 16.



She was detained for several days at Ellis Island for medical reasons.  I wrote about her experience in my March 19th "Fearless Females" post , "Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? " and posted an image of the ship's manifest that documented she was detained.  


Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 26 — Education

March 26 — What education did your mother receive?  Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers?  Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.


My mother graduated from high school but did not go to college (her parents could not afford it). Mom was very smart and good at math.  But she went to work after high school and after she married my father worked part time.  I think she sometimes regretted not being able to go to college, and she worked very hard to make sure I was able to, and was so proud that I went to graduate school to earn my M.F.A. degree.




My grandmothers each had what was  likely the equivalent of an 8th grade education, but by no means were they unintelligent women.  They were at a disadvantage being immigrants and, but somehow they managed their households, raised their children, were able to hold down jobs speaking very little English.




Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 25 — Women and Children

March 25 — Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children.  Was she loving or supportive?  A disciplinarian?  A bit of both?

My mother was was loving and supportive, but also a disciplinarian. Now that I am adult I can really appreciate my mother's style of parenting.  I also thank her for always believing in me and supporting my goals.  She was my role model, especially with the way she cared for her own parents.  I followed in her footsteps, caring for her and my father during their respective illnesses.  My mother taught by example.

Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 24 — Shared Traits

March 24 — Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors?  Who? What is it?

I inherited fine hair and fine eyebrows from my paternal grandmother--this trait appears to run on her side of the family.  Personality:  I think I am much like my mother which I believe is a good thing:  she had a huge, generous heart, but with a bit of "worry wart" mixed in! 


Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 23— Create a Timeline

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines.









Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 22 — This is "her" life

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be?  What actress would you cast in the role and why?


I could only hope for a chance to bring the life stories of my grandmother and mother (from my book, Three Slovak Women ) to the big (or even small) screen.  



I never really thought about who would play my grandmother in the movie version, but I have thought many times that I would like to see my mother portrayed by Catherine Zeta Jones .


Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 21— Tender Moments

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

When I think of tender I think of my Grandma Verona.  While Grandma shared kisses and hugs with us, she didn’t overdo it on the affection.  But, she had this quiet way of letting you know how much she loved you.  Things like letting me have the last slice of lemon pie, baking me my own small paska bread for my Easter basket, or slipping a few dollar bills into my pocket when my mom wasn’t watching when she knew there was a toy or treat I wanted.  Whenever we would all gather at her house on Friday evenings, or on holidays, sometimes she would sit quietly in her chair and just watch all of us.  We were a large, noisy bunch, but she was always delighted to have her children and grandchildren around.  When you walked in that door you just knew you were welcome and that Grandma was truly happy to see you.  



My grandmother has been gone for nearly 26 years and I still miss her very much.

Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 20 — Elusive or brick wall ancestor?

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.


I've actually been pretty fortunate that my female ancestors have been fairly easy to trace.  This is in part due to the excellent collection of microfilmed records available from the Family History Library --church and census records from my ancestral villages in Slovakia. I would like to learn a bit more about my great-grandmothers if possible.  In particular, I'm hoping to learn more about my maternal grandfather's mother.  Trying to locate information about her death and also her second marriage.  I plan to do research in the one of the Slovak archives during a forthcoming trip and am hoping to locate the necessary documents there.  I also hope to make it to the ancestral village while there (I have four of them to visit so don't know if getting to my grandfather's village will happen...but I'm going to try). 




Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 19 — Surprising Fact

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors?  What was it and how did you learn it?  How did you feel when you found out?  


One of the more interesting facts I uncovered was my grandmother's hospital stay upon arrival at Ellis Island in August 1922.  I first learned about this from the story my mother told me over 20 years ago,when I first began researching my family's history--that my grandmother was suspected to have tuberculosis (she did not--she suffered from asthma most of her life). I then saw a notation "hospital discharged" on the passenger list.  Then, I found her listed on a "Record of Detained Aliens."




Of course it's a relief to know that my grandmother was eventually released.  Had she not been released, and perhaps even sent back, it's pretty likely I would not be here today!




Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 18 — Shining Star

March 18  — Shining star:  Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent?  Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other?  Describe.


Anna Alzo (right) with her cousin Mary, baking cookies for a family wedding.

I always said that my mother should have opened her own bakery.  She was a great cook, but she had a real talent for making cakes, cookies, and other desserts.  Her specialty:  Lady Locks--dainty puffed pastry with creme filling.  She made them for every wedding, baptism, graduation, and other special event in our family and they would disappear from the cookie table in a flash!  Making these cookies requires patience and precision and I remember watching my mother labor for hours--working to get the dough just right before wrapping it around the special pins, and then after they came out of the oven would carefully fill each one using a pastry bag, and then delicately coat them with powdered sugar from her "magical" powdered sugar can.  They weren't just cookies--they were works of art!  

Copyright 2010, Lisa A. Alzo

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 17 — Social Butterfly?

March 17 — Social Butterfly?  What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to?  Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge?  Describe her role in the group.

My mother and grandmothers socialized mostly with their neighbors or friends they knew from church.  My mother belonged to the Ladies Penna. Slovak Catholic Union and the Roman Catholic Parochial Beneficial Society of Rosary of the Blessed Virgin.  


 

When our immigrant ancestors arrived in the New World, they often settled in enclaves within cities and towns and tended to cluster in specific regions in the United States.  It was common for immigrants, particularly those who did not speak English, to travel together and put down roots among relatives, friends, or neighbors from their native land.  These so-called “cluster communities” offered a place where the immigrants could transplant and preserve their culture, lifestyle and traditions as best they could in their new surroundings.  Seeking to keep their culture as it existed in the homeland, immigrant groups frequently founded their own churches, schools, boarding houses, and other institutions, as well as forming their own academic, athletic, or charitable groups, and fraternal, occupational, and social organizations.  Many also established their own ethnic presses that published newspapers and histories to highlight specific communities.

In the late 1800s, fraternal organizations became very popular.  Employed largely in difficult and often dangerous industrial occupations, immigrants sought financial protection for themselves and their families. As a result, they established their own fraternal/benevolent organizations to provide mutual insurance and to foster camaraderie and social interaction, and some even as a way to keep ties to traditions or ways of the old country. 

Today, we have the Internet. For my parents and grandparents, these fraternal benefit societies and lodges provided the “social networking” opportunities.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 16 — Let's Do Lunch!

March 16 — If you could have lunch (or another meal) with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why?  Where would you go?  What would you eat?



I would like to spend the day with my mother Anna, my grandmothers, Elizabeth and Verona, and my great-grandmothers--Ilona, Borbala (Barbara), Maria, and Anna—all together in one place.  I imagine we are in Slovakia – in one of my ancestral homes.  Of course we would have Slovak food!  I picture us sharing a traditional Easter meal: paska, hrutka/syrek (Easter cheese), hrin (beets & horseradish), klobassy, ham, hard-boiled egg--each food symbolic.   I would understand and speak the Slovak language so I could listen to their stories and their wisdom and help them prepare all the delicious foods.  My family dream team!
Recipes and information on Slovak Easter traditions are included in my book, Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions.


Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Monday, March 15, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 15 — Six-Word Tribute

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

This exercise is based on the book, "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure."  My entries below were first published on my Blog in 2008.


Anna Figlar Alzo (my mother): Generous heart. Wonderful cook. Dearly missed.


Verona Straka Figlar (maternal grandmother): Family devotion. Inner strength. My inspiration.


Elizabeth Fenscak Alzo (paternal grandmother): Fine hair. Tough as nails. Enigma.



Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 14 — In the News

March 14 — Newsmakers?  Did you have a female ancestor who made the news?  Why?  Was she famous or notorious?  Did she appear in the social column?


My ancestors were working class immigrants so there wasn't much of a chance for them to appear in the social columns of the local newspapers.  I have mounted copy of my paternal grandmother's obituary from 1966 that appeared in the Daily News in McKeesport, PA.  The funeral home provided it to the family.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 13 — Moment of Strength

March 13 — Moment of Strength:  Share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.


Verona Straka was 23-years-old when she came to America in 1922.  Her marriage to Jánoš Figlar was arranged.  Jánoš was a friend and co-worker of her brother-in-law, John Kolcun. Jánoš desperately wanted to marry, yet he would not settle for just any woman.  His prospective bride had to be Slovak, preferably straight from Europe.  Aware that Jánoš was in search of a bride, John believed he knew the perfect woman for him.  That woman was Verona.  They were married on November 1, 1924,and moved from Ohio to Wilkes-Barre, PA and eventually settled permanently in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.  They had seven children together.


Verona's husband’s easily-provoked temper and his fondness for alcohol often made for a disastrous combination resulting in violent outbursts. For men like Jánoš, a stop at the local bar for a "shot and a beer" after work, was quite common.  Once home he began to make demands.  If his supper was not on the table—even if it was 2:00 a.m.—he would yell obscenities at his wife in Slovak.  Often he hit her.  On those occasions when the dish she prepared was not to his liking, he would hurl his plate across the table.



Verona was my grandmother, and to be frank, like many women of her generation, she put up with a lot.  I imagine it wasn't easy to live as she did.  If we apply today's standards, we probably look at her situation and ask why did she stay? Why did she take it?  From what I learned, the answer was a simple one:  for her children.  It couldn't have been easy so I believe she had many moments where she relied on her inner strength to survive.  I wrote about her story in my book, Three Slovak Women.


  

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 12 — Working Girl

My mother worked part-time as a receptionist in an optometrist's office.  She likely did not have to because my father had a steady job as a carpenter on the railroad and did other carpentry jobs on the side, but my mother worked to save money to help pay for my high school and college education.   I am so grateful.  


Both of my grandmothers also worked outside the home--my paternal grandmother at Kennywood Amusement Park and my maternal grandmother worked cleaning houses for families in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh and for a school superintendent.  I'm not ashamed to say that they worked hard and how I admire them for handling their jobs and raising their children.    Neither had an easy life, but they didn't complain.  They taught by example, and I'm pleased to honor them, and my mother, with this Blog post.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 11 — Tragic or Unexpected Deaths

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances?  Describe and how did this affect the family.

My grand (great) Aunt Mary Fencsak Ceyba died in June of 1929 from tuberculosis. She was 38 years old and left behind five children John, Anna, George, Margaret and Helen.  Right after her death her husband remarried a widowed neighbor woman who had five children of her own.  Mary's son, George, told me that life after his mother's death was difficult.


I wrote about Mary in a case study for the January 2008 issue of Internet Genealogy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday 03/10/10: Icicles


Copyright Lisa A. Alzo, 2010
 

 Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 10— Religion

March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?


Both of my grandmothers had a deep faith in God.  Both were baptized in the Greek Catholic rite.  After coming to America, my dad's mother married in the Greek Catholic church but then followed her husband to the Roman Catholic church.  My maternal grandmother attending the Greek Catholic church in America but then switched to Russian Orthodox so that she could continue to observe Christmas on January 7th.  


My dad's sister (my "Auntie"--who kept the scrapbook I wrote about in my March 8th post) was a Roman Catholic nun--she spent most of her adult life in a convent in Victoria, Texas. Our family always looked forward to her visits--usually at Christmas and for a few weeks in the summer.  Here is a photograph of Sr. Camilla.

and a newspaper article describing her order of The Incarnate Word and the Blessed Sacrament.




Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 9— Documents

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

This is my grandmother's baptismal certificate (1899, Lutina, Slovakia)



and the passenger list showing her arrival at Ellis Island in New York in 1922.


Verona Straka was born on November 11, 1899 in Milpos, (Hungrary, later Slovakia) to Maria Verbovsky and Andrej Straka.  She was the youngest of 13 children.  On July 26, 1922, Verona, along with countless other immigrants, boarded the S.S. Orduna, which left the port of Hamburg, Germany for the United States.  When she arrived at Ellis Island, NY on August 7, 1922, she was listed on the ship’s manifest as a “laborer” with $25 in pocket her pocket en route to her final destination—her sister’s house, in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 8 — Diaries, Journals, Letters

[I finished this post a bit early...]

I don’t have any diaries or journals from any of my ancestors. However, one of my aunts—my father’s sister, Anna who was a Roman Catholic nun (her name changed to Sr. Mary Camilla) and lived in Victoria, Texas, always wrote our family letters. I have stacks of them. Many were handwritten, while some were typed. This same aunt also compiled a one-page typed family narrative back in the 70s that I was able to use to trace many of my paternal ancestors. Auntie also kept a scrapbook and she wrote dates and caption, (see sample page below).




I thought it was interesting how there was a story or insight shared with each photograph. For example, she would identify my father as “brother” and not “Johnny” (“Dad and brother making our coal bin,” “Brother in the Navy,” “Mother and Brother”). My father said she always referred to him this way.

Copyright 2010 Lisa Alzo

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 7 — Recipes

March 7 - Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen.  Why is this dish your favorite?  If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

Palacinky/Palacinka



My favorite meal was Palancinka (palacinky) – A Slovak crepe.  I have this recipe in my book: Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions. My grandmother used to make them for me for lunch – they were and remain one of my favorites!

1 c. flour
1-½ c. milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. oil
⅛ tsp. salt 

Combine all ingredients beat until smooth.

Heat a small amount of Crisco in a skillet (an omelet pan works nicely).  Pour a small amount of batter into skillet and spread around in the skillet (like making a crepe).  Cook until brown, then flip over and brown other side.  Turn onto a plate.  Repeat until all batter is used. 

Fill with cottage cheese and jelly (any flavor)*.  Roll.  Then drizzle some melted browned butter on top.

*You can use a variety of fillings for these “pancakes,” and even top with sour cream instead of melted butter
.

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 6 — Heirlooms

March 6 - Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.)  If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.) 




I am fortunate to have several items that belonged to my maternal grandmother, Verona, including several of the pots and pans she used for cooking, a vase, one of her housecoats, and a piece of furniture that was in her house.  But my favorite item is her babushka (scarf) she used to wear to church and other places.  It was tradition for married Slovak women to always cover their hair when out in public. It’s special to have this item of clothing knowing that my grandmother wore it.


Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Friday, March 05, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 5 — How They Met


March 5 — How did they meet?  You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit.  Do you know the story of how your parents met?  Your grandparents?

My parents met when my father returned home from serving in the Navy during World War II.  My mother’s family had moved next door to his family and my mother was friends with his sister, Betty.  Betty and her husband John would take their son Jackie to the park or zoo and my mother would go along.  When my father came home from the service he went on the outings too and then the two started dating.  My parents fell short of celebrating 53 years of marriage—my mother passed away a month before their anniversary.  My mother’s parents had an arranged marriage.  As the story goes, my grandfather was working in the coal mines of Fairpoint, Ohio and was friends with my grandmother’s brother-in-law.  My grandfather was looking for a bride who was literally just “getting off the boat” and his friend John said his wife’s sister was soon coming to America and set the two up.  My dad’s parents met at the boarding house my grandmother’s sister, Mary, ran in Duquesne, PA,, when he was working in the steel mill there.

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 4 — Marriage Records

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents?  Write a post about where they were married and when.  Any family stories about the wedding day?  Post a photo too if you have one.

I have marriage records for both sets of grandparents.  My father’s parents, John & Elizabeth (below) were married in Duquesne, (Allegheny County) PA in January 1915 in SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.  He was 21 and she was 18.  I don't have any stories but do have a photo (see below).





My mother’s parents, John & Veronica, were married on November 1,1924 in St. Nicholas Church in Barton, OH.  Their wedding and reception lasted for three days.  I wrote about their marriage in my book Three Slovak Women.  

 


Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wordless Wednesday 03/03/10: Oh, Deer!

 

It's not a genealogy-related image, but I could not resist snapping this photo of some deer visiting our yard in search of food. 


Copyright Lisa A. Alzo, 2010
 
 
 Digital image. Privately held by Lisa Alzo [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New York, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 3 — Names and Naming Patterns

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.




My name “Lisa” is a form of Elizabeth, which was my paternal grandmother’s name (see my post from March 2, 2010). My mother wanted to name me “Holly” but my aunt who is also my godmother suggested the name “Lisa” because it was a popular name at the time. Holly is a nice name, but I kind of like that my mother listened to my aunt.


Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 2 - Photo

March - Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?



This is my grandmother, Elizabeth Fencsak (Fencak) Alzo. She died when I was two-years old so I do not remember her. I chose this photo because she is showing a slight smile. From what I learned by talking to family members, she was a strong, stubborn woman, but I also learned that she had a sense of humor. This was a posed photo that was taken when she was employed by Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, PA.

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

Monday, March 01, 2010

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 1 - Favorite Female Ancestor

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.


I’d like to learn more about my great-grandmother, Maria Verbovsky Straka. I have a photograph of her (above). I have already located her baptismal and marriage records in microfilm for Milpos, Slovakia (then Hungary), and have found her family in the 1869 Hungarian Census for Milpos. I don’t have a date of death for her, so I would like to find that out. A future trip to Slovakia, including a visit to the village and also the Presov archives hopefully can lead me to this information and perhaps other details, as well as her place of burial. 

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo