Gaby, as to finding information about your husband's great-grandfather, it's not always so easy to obtain information from Romania on your own. I would suggest that you contact Janos Kocs, the President of the Transylvanian Genealogical Society in Romania and ask him for advice. He speaks English and is very helpful, and he will certainly give you the proper guidance. (Although he lives in Transylvania, he is an ethnic Hungarian or Magyar. There is still a sizeable Hungarian minority in Transylvania.) Here is the link to the website. Unfortunately, it's all in Hungarian, but you will see Janos Kocs's two e-mail addresses:
As to Dan Vasalech's ethnicity, I've discovered a couple of things that make this a bit unclear:
His 1907 passenger arrival record shows his ethnicity as ROMANIAN. The 1920 census, when he and his wife Helen and their children were living in Ambridge, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, also shows his ethnicity as ROMANIAN. Also, his World War I draft registration card of 5 June 1917 shows him as having been born on 15 July 1888 in Ucea de Jos, Hungary. The village's Romanian name, Ucea de Jos, rather than its Hungarian name of Alsˇucsa, appears on the card, even though Transylvania was still part of Hungary in 1917. I don't know as an ethnic Hungarian (or Magyar) would have used the village's Romanian name. But the 1930 census, when he and his wife Helen and their children were living in McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, shows his ethnicity as MAGYAR (that is, ethnic HUNGARIAN).
Speaking of ethnicity: The 1930 census shows Dan's wife Helen's ethnicity as MAGYAR (or ethnic HUNGARIAN), whereas the 1920 census shows her ethnicity as SLOVAK. (What is today the country of Slovakia was also part of pre-1919 Hungary.) What was Helen's maiden name?
By the way, in English, the language is called Hungarian, not Magyar. Hungarian is not an Indo-European language. In fact, it's not closely related to any other language, and is thus very difficult for non-Magyars to learn. Romanian, on the other hand, is a Romance language, Italian being the language Romanian is most closely related to.
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