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Old 10-17-2017, 11:23 PM
 
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Great site. I think I may have just found a lead on my grandmother's "lost" brother. Thanks for sharing this, daliowa.


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Old 10-24-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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I understand that many of the Eastern European countries were all considered part of the Austrian Empire in the late 19th century and then split out into separate countries sometime in early 20th century. So, if my ancestor came from a town that is now considered Slovakia but it was part of the Austrian empire back in the time period when my ancestor was born, does that mean my ancestor is SLOVAK or AUSTRIAN or possibly POLISH since Poland was also part of this area? As far as I can tell, the ancestor is SLOVAK. Family names, language, census records, immigration records, etc. all state the person's country as SLOVAKIA or Czechoslovakia. The person settled in a SLOVAK parish in the city and not Polish. However, someone told me that since the town was part of Poland at that time, the ancestor is considered POLISH not SLOVAK. I am a little confused. How does one really decide the ancestor's country of origin if all the countries were combined into the Austrian empire?
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I understand that many of the Eastern European countries were all considered part of the Austrian Empire in the late 19th century and then split out into separate countries sometime in early 20th century. So, if my ancestor came from a town that is now considered Slovakia but it was part of the Austrian empire back in the time period when my ancestor was born, does that mean my ancestor is SLOVAK or AUSTRIAN or possibly POLISH since Poland was also part of this area? As far as I can tell, the ancestor is SLOVAK. Family names, language, census records, immigration records, etc. all state the person's country as SLOVAKIA or Czechoslovakia. The person settled in a SLOVAK parish in the city and not Polish. However, someone told me that since the town was part of Poland at that time, the ancestor is considered POLISH not SLOVAK. I am a little confused. How does one really decide the ancestor's country of origin if all the countries were combined into the Austrian empire?
Exactly my question. I'm seeing relatives that list various countries on different census in the US. Some say Hungarian, some Czech, some Slovak, I do see on some they spoke Magyar.

I know once I start digging into my daughters Nana it will be even more confusing on whether she was German or Polish.

Does anyone know what would we put on Find A Grave? Would it be what it was called when they were born or what it is now then make a note in the bio about the changes?

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Old 10-24-2017, 04:22 PM
 
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Thanks for asking.



Exactly my question. I'm seeing relatives that list various countries on different census in the US. Some say Hungarian, some Czech, some Slovak, I do see on some they spoke Magyar.

I know once I start digging into my daughters Nana it will be even more confusing on whether she was German or Polish.

Does anyone know what would we put on Find A Grave? Would it be what it was called when they were born or what it is now then make a note in the bio about the changes?


Good question. Many European towns existed within different country's borders at different times. Many towns had different names in two, three or more languages.


You could put the town name and the modern-day country, and note that the town used to be in a different country when your ancestor lived there. I've done it that way a lot.
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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Good question. Many European towns existed within different country's borders at different times. Many towns had different names in two, three or more languages.


You could put the town name and the modern-day country, and note that the town used to be in a different country when your ancestor lived there. I've done it that way a lot.
I think that's what I did but am not sure off the top of my head. I said Find A Grave but should have said it applies to their family tree profile too. Find a Grave probably has their own guidelines that I should look into.
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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If you are confused, watch this 5mins videos to understand all your question about Austria Empire

(map)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyLSUZ1qlVM

(Austria empire today)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0gr2S876vg

and please realize that what time is from 1282 to 1918
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