John F Sansky wrote:
My grandparents emigrated to Dunmore, PA around 1910. They lived next to George and Irene Juba. I have not been able to find their port of entry. My grandmother' was Maria Topolyancsin. She was born on December 8, 1888 in Uličské Krivé. This town is between Ulič and Zboj. Her father was Peter Topolyancsin and her mother was Olena Kacsan. I cannot find my grandfather's birth or any other records. He told my father he was from Zboj. His USA Military Registration says he was from Tubuji, Austria. I have never heard of this town. I was going to visit Zboj a few years ago but had to have surgery for a cancer. I have not been able to reschedule the trip. Maybe some day.
My immigrant grandparents are from Zboj and Nova Sedlica, next town north. Presently, my family lives in Zboj and Ulic. Others have scattered to the winds, especially Kosice and Snina. Some are in Bratislava and some are in Ireland. I've met them all.
I spent two weeks living in the village, meeting many, many people thanks to my cousins who took me in to their home in Ulic'. I talk by email to my cousins back there oten.
I am familiar with all the names you speak of. I've been to Ulicske Krive. I have also spent a lot of time examining church from Zboj and Nova Sedlica. I have also traced many, many villagers from the same. I can tell you with authority the Mormons do not have all of them for the dates you'd expect.
I have much information for you.
It appears that you have been doing a direct, literal search only on the names in question.
A. You need to be clear what your grandparents names were. We need:
Your grandmother's maiden name, first and last
1. your grandmother's husband's full name, first, and last.
2. I believe we need your grandmother's maiden name.
3. Where and when they were married.
B. Just because they said they were "from" somewhere does not mean they were born there. Especially if they were married.
C) Where (US or Europe) and when were they married? If you don't know, approximate it.
D. What research sources have you exhausted?
Did you check:
The LDS/Mormon Greek Catholic church records for Zboj, Ulickse Krive and Ulic as held in the Family History Library (Mormon)?
Ships passenger lists? Did you look for others with those surnames and who they were going to stay with once they arrived in the US?
Marriage Certificate? - almost always states birthplace.
Searched the ship manifests by village name using Stevemorse.org? It is far more powerful than the ellisisland search tool. Where did those people go and to whom did they go to stay with?
Searched for the surnames using stevemorse.org?
Naturalization records (if they became citizens)
E) How old were they when they immigrated? Approximately +- 3 years is a good start.
F) Where and in what year was the firstborn child born? Another important clue.
G) What were the first names of his siblings and himself, listed in birth order? Date is unnecessary. Rusyns in these villages often used a common naming pattern in the late 1800s early 1900s.
Once we have done this work and collect this information, we can move forward. I'm fairly certain the info you are looking for can be readily found.