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Re: looking for relatives from Ford City. MATAVA family
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: March 20, 2011 at 04:16:20
In Reply to: looking for relatives from Ford City. MATAVA family by Regina Mathews of 1346

I'm not related.

The 1930 census shows Jacob Sr 64, Michael 17 and Olga 14 living in Ford City. Jacob immigrated 1899 and was a widower. The surname is misindexed under the name Matson in Ancestry.

The 1920 census shows Jacob again in Ford City as widower and immigrated in 1896. One child you don't list was Agnus 6. The surname is so badly written it is indexed as Ma* in Ancestry.

The 1910 census this time includes wife Tresa 35. They were married 11 years. She immigrated in 1898 and he in 1890.

The 1900 census only includes Jacob, born Jan 2, 1869, Tracy, born in 1876 an Mary, born May 8, 1900 in PA. Jacob and Tracy were Slovakian and married 2 years. He immigrated in 1893 and she in 1898.

Stephen seems to be an anomaly. I believe he wasn't Jacob's son and was not a Matava. He isn't listed with them in the 1900 census and the 1910 census indicates Tresa was married twice.

Some of these records you can look at for free at and For those you cannot see for free I suggest checking with your local libraries to see if they have Ancestry or Heritage Quest.

I suggest getting Joseph's death certificate from the PA Dept of Health. It should have Tresea's maiden name as might his obituary and the obits and DC's of any of her children.

I suggest getting Jacob Sr's death certificate and obituary as well. If you don't know when he died check with the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society to see if they can help you. I imagine many of the family are buried in the same cemetery and went to the same church. Check with them to see if they have anything useful in their records. The cemetery office should be able to at least give you a burial date.

Jacob and Teresa were married ca 1898 quite possibly in Armstrong County. If so they probably got their marriage license at the Armstrong County Register of Wills. Be sure to look at or request a copy of the application which has the most data which may include their parents and exactly where they were born.

Unless Jacob filed for citizenship in a federal court he most likely did so at the Armstrong County Prothonotary. His papers may have data on when and where he arrived and exactly where he was born.

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