Martinkus was my maternal grandfather's birth name. Sauka was my maternal grandmother's maiden name. They immigrated to Massachusetts from the village of Luokė, in Telšiai County. This site documents everything I've learned on this life changing expedition.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Variations On A Name

I began a membership at Ancestry to start my basic research. I've found some records there, such as Federal census records and even local city directories. Now I know names were changed in translation from the original spelling to become Americanized. What I wasn't prepared for was just HOW MANY variations I would find. Even talking with my sisters, their memories of how the original family name was spelled is different. Here are just a few of the various spellings I've found: Martinhus (the original K transcribed to an H), Martinkos (the original U transcribed to an O) and so on. This makes it very difficult to search for local state and federal records. What a task!

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