June 16, 2000
We have received your letter in which you have asked us to give you some information on your family from Slovakia.
My name is Dana Vyskočániová, and I am the grandaughter of Žela; and my great grandmother, Mária, who died when I was nine, was your great grandmother's sister. So I am your third cousin. I'm 20, and I am studying English at university. We can be in touch in the future.
Sorry for not writing to you earlier, but I was busy with my exams. The whole family appreciates your interest in your Slovak roots and they are working on finding more information. I know that your great grandmother's maiden name was Krajčí, and the house in which she and sher siblings (Peter, Maria, Ludovit, and Josef) were born still exists. It is situated in the villae Trstená, which is 4 km (about 2.5 miles) from the town Liptovský Mikuláš where I live.
I will spend the summer in England where I will work as an au pair (nanny). If my grandmother and her cousins get all the information you need, I will write to you before my departure. If they don't manage to get it by the end of June, my mother will write to you in the summer.
My address is:
I hope I'll write to you soon.
January 17th, 2001
Sorry for writing to you after such a long time but I couldn't write earlier. I had to search for the information that I needed for the family tree. It was difficult because the members of our family live far from one another. Moreover, my brother Vladko died (May 23, 2000) and it took me some time to get over this painful experience. My granddaughter Danka wrote you a letter in which she explained to you that I would send you the information later. Then Danka went to London where she was for 3 months until September, so the reply to your letter was put off.
Now everything is prepared, and I also enclosed a graph. Your great grandmother, Milly's, maiden name was Krajčí. Her parents, Michal and Mária, had 5 children. Milly was the eldest child, then her brother Peter, sister Mária (my mother), brother Ludovít, and Jozef followed. They are all dead. Jozef died tragically as the first one. While he was swimming in the river, he drowned. Peter died after Jozef, at the age of 78, then Ludovít followed (76) and Mária (88). The last one of the siblings who died was the oldest, Milly, your great grandmother. All siblings, apart from Jozef, died when they reached a high age.
Milly left for America in 1919, after World War I. Her parents forbade her marry a Russian whom she had met at hospital. She was a nurse and took care of this wounded man, they were fond of each other. She left from Slovakia to forget him. She had never come back to her home country although she was in touch with her relatives until her death. She helped all the siblings and was interested in what was going on in Slovakia. We all loved her very much.
Later her parents regretted that they didn't allow her to marry the person she loved. I am writing this so that you will know the reason of her arriving in America. Sometimes life can be so cruel.
Our family is getting older, my cousins, Milan, Ivan, and my brother Vladko died. I am 77 and I am not so strong as I used to be. On the other hand, the family is also getting younger. We have 3 great grandsons: Samko, Adamko, and Damilko, who bring happiness to our lives.
I hope that you are doing well at school. Send our love to your parents and grandparents. I look forward to hearing from you soon.