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I would very much like to have your data and I can send you mine. It goes back to the 1600's with our common ancestor, Simeon (Semko) Tylka, who fought in the Ottoman/Turk wars.
My grandfather and his brother had the three sisters, Bertha (Bruncha),Mary, and Olga, and possibly 3 other siblings whom I do not have names for or know if they were boys or girls.
Bruncha was married to Tony Demski in Poland. They had 2 sons. She and the boys died in the flu/cholera epidemic in Poland between 1890 and 1900. Tony remarried and came to the US. This time he brought Mary, Bronislaw (my grandfather), and Olga. The older brother, Theophile had gone to Canada and settled there. No information about the 3 oldest siblings at all. I didn't even know they existed until and elderly aunt faintly remembered that there might have been more children.
Mary was left in NY or Hartford, CN. and Olga was left in the Pittsburgh, PA. area. The brothers didn't have much contact with the girls after that. I do know that Olga died young in the Pittsburgh area. Mary married a man named John Lojas and I have no information as to where they moved or what became of her.
I have checked the Ellis Island records and they weren't much help. The name could have been spelled as Tilka, Tulka, Tylka (the correct spelling), and Tylko.
There is a village of TYLKA near Nowy Sacz, Zakopane, and Ciche. These towns are at the foothills of the Tatra mountains in the Carpathian range in the central south part of today's Poland. The area was pastureland referred to as the "podhale". Of course, the borders of the country changed frequently during the last 500 years or more. When my grandfather came over to the US, Poland was considered part of the kingdom of Austria-Hungary, which is what is on his naturalization papers.
I hope this helps.
Where did your people settle when they came to the US?
I would love to share information.
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