Re: Vanko & Krupec
As far as I know my great-grandfather Vanko only spoke Czech and a little English. He married in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Baltimore, USA, and all his children were baptized there.I can only guess he was baptized Catholic in the old country.
He was not Czech. If he had been Czech his birthplace would have been "Blatnic v Cechach" like his wife's "Stribrne Hory v Cechach", but he was "Blatnic v Uhrech" on the same document."Blatnice in Hungar" appears on his marriage document while his wife is "Stribrne Hory in Bohemia".Everyone I've discussed this with agrees that Uhrech/Hungar is not Bohemia but must be Moravia or Slovakia or the borderlands with Hungary.
So that's why I believe he is from Slovakia.(All my research in Moravia has proved fruitless.)I may be wrong about Slovakia.There are some villages named Blatnice near Zagreb.Maybe he came from there.
You may well be correct about Blatnic being an 'extinct' location. In Bohemia, the village where my grandmother was born is gone.So is another village where her brothers and sisters were born - destroyed for coal mining.But the Church records exist that show their births and baptisms.
But I think Blatnica, south of Martin, is the right place.The telephone book for Martin has Vanko and Krupec.I have commissioned research into the appropriate Church records.I'll let you know how it turns out.
Thanks for you links and information.I appreciate it very much,