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  • 24 June 2020 11:20 AM
    Reply # 9057134 on 8754773
    John Onda

    Any records from St Marys would be appreciated.  It would only be the Onda Family/  The are other Ondas but my great grand father was Andreas or Andrew and his wife was Maria or Mary  There  was also a George or Juraj , Peter or Petrous and Ignac.  I appreciate you help.  You could write: jwonda@gmail.com  Thanks

  • 19 June 2020 5:54 PM
    Reply # 9048295 on 8754773
    Arlene Gardiner


    Exactly what information do you need from the church?.  Birth, Christening, Marriage, Death/funeral,  church membership.  Which familty member information are you researching.

  • 19 June 2020 4:58 PM
    Reply # 9048227 on 8754773
    John Onda

    Arlene, it was the Onda family that belonged to St. Marys of the Assumption Church.  The Schefflers were German Lutherans

    Andreas Onda Is buried there but no marker. Maria is buried at the St. Marys cemetery with a marker.  It may be Mary Onda 

    Andreas dates are  1848-1927  Maria's dates are 1856 - 1907  They were married in 1876.  He came to USA first and in 1893 the family came.  They were from Smolnik, Zemplin, Slovakia.

    Andreas had a brother George (Juraj) born 1862. Thanks for your help.  John

  • 17 June 2020 12:13 AM
    Reply # 9042050 on 8754773
    Arlene Dremak Gardiner

    Hi John,  

    When did your Scheffler family arrive in the Chicago area and began attending St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church.  Do you have any names, dates or events that occurred at the church, as this would give a time line for the family.  Exactly who or what information are you looking to get.  I'm familiar with the church and may be able to assist you.


  • 15 June 2020 2:10 PM
    Reply # 9038853 on 8754773
    John Onda

    The Onda family is from Smolnik  which is no longer there because of the  Starina Res.  My g. grand parents were Andreas Onda and Maria Olshalsky.  My grand father was Janos Onda and he had three sisters: Maria, Anna, and Julia. Janos was married to Henrietta Klemm Scheffler .  The Scheffler family was from Bromberg, Germany'  Andreas arrived in the USA in 1891 and the family arrived in 1893.  They settled in the Chicago area. they  attended St Marys of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana.

  • 02 April 2020 6:51 PM
    Reply # 8875843 on 8754773
    Sharon Jarrow


      I was absolutely amazed my first visit that I found a relative. In shock, actually and the story that unfolded was totally unbelievable. Here was my 80 something cousin (still trying to find the direct relationship) whose parents were born and raised in the village I was in. Kostryna, Ukraine. They immigrated to Braddock PA and his father worked in the steel mills. He and his sister were born there! Americans!  And then , the story goes, his mother became ill and thought people were stealing from her. And they left America and went home when Andrej was probably around 9. At first he was suspicious of me then by end of visit he was crying and wanted to go home with his "sister."

    I will never forget that visit.           Sharon

  • 01 April 2020 1:56 PM
    Reply # 8872531 on 8754773
    Gloria Dran Elston

    Hi Bruce and Sharon, Yes, it is wonderful to put the puzzle of your family origins together.  Bruce, my Uram connection is Julianna Uram from Dlugie, born to house #30.  She would be my great grandmother.

    Sharon, the first time I visited my ancestral villages, I was quivering with emotion..   I was walking the walk of my forefathers, visiting the churches in which they were baptized.  Finally reconnecting with displaced relatives .  There is no better feeling.

  • 31 March 2020 10:06 PM
    Reply # 8871364 on 8754773
    Sharon Jarrow

    Hi Gloria,

      Some of the villages you mention I have been to. My cousin and I share Pohanish ancestry but then her father , John Badick who  is a Lemko  was born in Svidnik. We visited Svidnik and was impressed by the friendliness of the people. We met a gentleman who was at a birthday party at the hotel we were staying . We talked and he invited us to visit his home. He knew of the family and worked for the local government and found good info on the family. we even got to stand on the corner where there house once was. It was a great experience. 


  • 27 March 2020 5:06 PM
    Reply # 8863018 on 8827276
    Gloria Dran Elston wrote:

    My grandparents immigrated form the Villages of Swiatkowa Wielks and Dudynce , now in Poland and Hrabovcik now in Slovakia.  I have been researching my family since 2000 an have made contact with two family groups in those locations and others.  I have visited those locations and  the area Archives.

    My search has been a wonderful journey and each revelation has been exciting..



    I hope you are doing well, its great to see you here.

    I know that we have a distant (69 cM) DNA match and I believe we share the surname Uram, my 2nd great grandmother Eva Uram (daughter of Jacob Uram and Parascevia Kawka) was from neighboring Czarne while I believe your Uram is from Dlugie.

    Your Carpathians Highlands blog is a great resource. Thank you for that.




  • 14 March 2020 3:58 PM
    Reply # 8827632 on 8754773
    Sharon Jarrow

    Hi  Gloria ,

      How lucky to  connect with others who  you can relate to. This  roots stuff is pretty exciting and seems like there is always another step ahead. I have been researching probably  over 25 years and still find it  amazing. today  the kindness of others to share and help each other with there research.  Today it is  so much easier to just get onto the computer whereas years ago research meant going to  libraries, courthouses,archives and all about.  Have to say though I kinda miss it. 


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