I am have been doing extensive and exhausting research on my own family tree, which consists of Marshall, Kean, Hasser, Diesinger, in New Jersey/ Pennsylvania, O’Brien/ Madden in Co. Clare, Ireland, Merboth (Merbott) from Germany, and Czeperko (Kopek), Kolesar (Kolezar), Coles, and Lukács from Austria/ Hungary, and Hackle and Cooper from England, and that of my husband’s family, Tivnan, or possibly Tiffany, in America, Canada, and Ireland, and also Shields and Clarke.
The names I have been researching are: On my father’s side, Marshall, from Danville/ Shimokin, Pennsylvania, mining country. Most of them moved to Paterson/ Passaic, New Jersey. My grandmother always maintained there was an Irish connection, but I haven’t been able to find it yet. Marshall, I know to be an Anglo-Irish name, but Sirdevan (Serdibhan?) is the name she had as the Irish connection. (Update 2 Sept., 2001- Since writing this original message, I have been contacted by Sirdevans in Canada and England, and hope to have a link to the family webpage shortly)!
On my mother’s father’s side, I know that Albert Merboth (Merbott) came from Rudolfstadt, Thüringen, Germany. He emigrated to New York about 1883, and seemingly made his living painting the backdrops for a New York Opera House. He was married to Karolin, from Würtemberig S.W., Germany. She died young, when her youngest child was 15 months old. Albert remarried, this time to Martha.
On my mother’s mother’s side, a lady who we knew as Mary Kopek was born, according to her Birth certificate , as Maria Czeperko in Eperjes, Csongrád County, (Bohemia) Austrio-Hungry, which was part of the Hapsbourg Empire. She emigrated to New York in 1890. A Census report from 1900 states that the Patriarch of the family was Joseph Kolesar (Kolezar), from Northern Austro-Hungary, altho family information has it that she was married to Alexander Kolesar. Joseph died when Mary/ Maria’s youngest child was 10 months old. Their son Stephen changed his name to Coles, and was married to Madeline (Maude) Hackle. Another son, Joseph, married Edith Cooper, from London, England.
The most exhaustive research, however, is my husband’s family, Tivnan. This research started me on this road, to a point where I now have over 400 names, and have published my results on the WWW, for other’s to pick up the threads. I have been in contact with relations in Virginia, Boston, Canada, and England, as well as my research here in Ireland. There is also a Tivnan who changed his name to Tiffany, and I suspect there are connections in Philadelphia/ Buffalo, New York. To Mike Tivnan in Woodbridge, Virginia, Mike Roach in Canada, and Greg Latham in England, my sincere thanks for sharing their research with me.
I am willing to share my information with anyone.