The Information below is from a cousin that has been doing the research on our Pollack line.Please note all the updates and corrections.If you have a connection to this family please notify us.
The name should be “Joseph Polach (Pollack), Sr. because the true name of the family is Polach. All other offshoots were created with the intention of Americanizing Slavic names. The wife’s name is Anna Havlik and not Havalik. The emigration was from Austria-Hungary, but is now identified as the Czech Republic. The town is Nova Lhota and not Lhato.
Joseph Polach (Pollack), Jr. was born “circa” 1880, since I have not, as yet, been able to confirm the date. The location is known as Moravia, Czech Republic, today.
Matthew Polach was born in Nova Lhota in 1882 and married Maria ? in Nova Lhota
George Polach was born in Nova Lhota, circa 1887. There is still some confusion about the birth date which I hope to resolve in June. I am not certain as to the location of his marriage to Anna Foytek, but I think it was here in the U.S. I will confirm, hopefully, in June. He settled in Union City, PA. .
Anna Polach was born in Nova Lhota in 1896. She settled in Cleveland, OH following her marriage to Frank Fundzak.
The name Polach has to be the determinant because I am in the process of trying to trace the latest Polach, i.e., Rosie who lived in Yonkers, NY, in 1915. So far I haven’t got a handle on her, but she was a sister-in-law to the three brothers. This means that the new brother either lived in the U.S. or resided in the Czech Republic while his wife was in the U.S. The changes to the original name started with grandfather, Joseph, Jr., who started to use the spelling Pollack. Matthew’s family decided that Pallick was to be their choice, with the exception of the youngest daughter, who was buried at two years of age with the name Palack. George’s family went absolutely wild and decided that the name was Polach, Pollach, Pollock or Pollack; take your pick. Anna’s family decided upon Pollack.Mike Pavlina- 13 May 2000.