In the Daily Journal (Park Hills, MO), Donny Hickman has written an article, Tracing family roots over 6,000 miles, concerning two men tracing their family back to Slovakia, and how much they were able to piece together. A very fascinating article.
From the article:
From Fulianka, Slovakia, Michael Ivanko, came to America, following his brother Janos who had come in 1899 in search of a better life. They found it in the lead mines of the Old Leadbelt. Things were going well and so other siblings would also come here.
But then, the Iron Curtain descended across Eastern Europe after World War I, Janos’ little boy and his mother left in Slovakia were cut off from the rest.
More than 80 years later, from his home in rural Desloge, Michael’s grandson, Mike Lukachick would begin to piece his family back together