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Ivan Pereksa - (Almost) Wordless Wednesday

This photograph of my great-grandfather Ivan Pereksta stands out because of his ill-fitted suit. While it was not uncommon for immigrants to be …

Soldier Cousin - Wordless Wednesday

This photograph is labeled Juraj Pereksta and was mailed to my family in the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1959. My grandmother had two …

Pereksta Sisters - Wordless Wednesday

From the Old World - Wordless Wednesday

Pytor Pereksta<p>This picture was mailed to my grandmother from her niece in Czechoslovakia in the late 1950s. The photo is labeled Pytor Pereksta and …

Easter Basket Cloth - Wordless Wednesday

A gift from Pereksta cousins in Slovakia during our visit there in 1990. The cloth is put over the basket of Easter foods that is taken to the church …

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Janos or Ivan Sedor (b. 1818)

I knew nothing about my baba's grandparents when I started researching my father's family. Not even their names. Baba, my grandmother, was born in …

Over the river and through the woods

I have spent years researching my husband's ancestors and my maternal ancestors. It's not that I don't love my father. He's truly one of the most …

Madness Monday: Skip to my Lu(ria)

There is something ironic about the fact that having finally begun blogging about the multi-generational "American" families I research, I am …

Catching Some Z's or What's in a (sur)Name?

Apologies to Shakespeare, but in my case what's in a name is often a Z - and I don't mean the name is so boring that I doze off. My resurgent …

Treasure Chest Thursday: What they kept

Tim O'Brien used the contents of his characters' pockets to illuminate their lives in his haunting novel, <i>The Things They Carrie</i>d. My family has gone …

Commuting to America

My grandmother or Baba traveled to the United States from Prislop, her small village in today's eastern Slovakia, in 1913. She was 18 years old and …

Treasure Chest Thursday: From Baba's Hands

Baba, my father's mother, crocheted. She was a good cook, a gardener in her younger days. But above all she crocheted. Her house was full of doilies, …

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Endicott-Johnson Cutting Room Employees

A belated Labor Day tribute - According notes my aunt made in her father's diary, my grandfather Stefan got his first job in the United States a …

Wordless Wednesday: Anna Pereksta

Anna Pereksta (left) and her friend, Mrs. Havtur, c. 1915<p>Anna, my grandmother, was born 10 Mar 1895 in Prislup, Zemplinska Zupa, Austria-Hungary …

Treasure Chest Thursday: The river

After the collapse of the Soviet Union my father, aunt, sister and I went to Europe to see if we could reconnect with the families of my …

Wordless Wednesday: Uncle Vasil's Family

A portrait of my great-uncle Vasil's family taken in 1965 at their mother's funeral. Vasil died in 1957. His youngest brother Mikola (who had no …

Once upon a time or why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church

This is the first in an occasional series examining some family stories I’ve been told over the years. This is my favorite.<p>The setting is a …

Advent Calendar - Christmas Greetings from the Old Country

My grandfather's brother Ivan settled in Satu Mare (present day Romania), a little less than 70 miles from Berezovo, their home in what is today's …

Advent Calendar: Holy Night Supper

Christmas Eve for my Rusyn ancestors was celebrated on January 6th. While I celebrated many Easters with my father's family, I was never able to …

Lighting candles

Once upon a time there was a beautiful little boy who grew up to be a bright, wonderful man who married bright, wonderful women and had bright, …

Pereksta Cousins from the Old World

I have an envelope addressed to my grandfather from his wife's family in Czechoslovakia that was sent in the 1950s. The postmark is hard to read but …

Anastazia Perekstová and Vasil Čokina - Tombstone Tuesday

These are the gravestones of my great-aunt Anastazia Perekstová, known as Nacia, and her husband Vasil Čokina. Nacia's stone gives dates of …

Easter Greetings!

Wishing you all the joy and grace of Easter, both today and next Sunday when Orthodox Easter is celebrated.<p>The traditional greeting in my …

Uličské Krivé - Wordless Wednesday

The Anonymous Dead

I spent another day lost in the images of old newspapers at <i>Old Fulton NY Postcards</i>, skimming through news reports of slate quarry accidents for …

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: George Sedor (1882-1963)

I am expanding my definition of ancestors this week to include cousins. My research efforts the last few weeks have been driven by my renewed …

Anna's Story - The first years

My grandmother Anna Pereksta was born 10 March 1895 in the remote Carpathian mountain village of Príslop, then located in Zemplén County, Hungary. …

Anna's Story - Family life and later years

My grandmother Anna Pereksta emigrated to the United States in 1913 when she was eighteen years old. Almost ten years later she married Stefan Papp …

Anna's Story - Memories and Reflections

My posts about my grandmother Anna Pereksta sparked some memories and conversation this week. Her children recalled new stories. I reflected on her …

New Pereksta Information - Surname Saturday

<i>A brief Pereksta review (or an abundance of Georges)...</i><p>Most Perekstas in the United States descend from two men:<p><i>Ivan or Janos Pereksta</i> (1857-1933) …