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Re: Manifest quesion
Posted by: Robert Shive (ID *****7483) Date: November 20, 2013 at 14:04:31
In Reply to: Re: Manifest quesion by Zlatica Beca of 9958

I went down to our local large-city library (St. Louis) and consulted with their genealogical staff. Their collective opinion was that we were looking at a medical problem based on trachoma and that Zuzanna was most likely not admitted to the US. To try to verify this one way or the other, I left a message with our National Archives in Washington, DC. Don't know how long it will take to get an answer, or whether there can be one. But it appears I now know the direction in which to look.

Even if Zuzanna was denied admission, what is left unresolved is what happened to her daughter and what action Josef may have taken. Based on not finding either Josef or his brother John in our 1910 Census and beyond, I've always harbored a suspicion that one or both of them may have returned to Slovakland. From figures I've read, maybe 25% of Slovak immigrants to the US did not stay here permanently. They took the money they'd earned and returned to Europe, sometimes to later emigrate to other countries (e.g. South Africa, Canada, Australia).

Regrettably, I know very little Slovak. Is the pronunciation of the diacritical "O" such that it could be heard as an "E" in American English? I ask that because so many of the names, both current and historical, appear with that letter in them--Gensey, Gency, Genscin, Geci, and maybe even Getsy. There are also of course a number of ones that use the "O" as well.

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