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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where It All Began?

I believe my maternal grandparents were both from the same village in Lithuania:
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Luokė, Telšiai County, Lithuania


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My Maternal Grandfather

Martinkus was my maternal grandfather's name. His draft card states that he was born in Luoke, Telsiai in Lithuania.

My Maternal Grandmother

So as a companion site to my other genealogy research site, I am starting this site. I believe my maternal grandmother's maiden name is Sauka, from Lithuania. It will be interesting to see if this blogging mines any useful tips or hints on my research. Ready-set-go!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Where It All Opened Up

In my browsing around the Ancestry website, and whilst trying out different variations of the last name MARTINKUS, I found this WW II draft card. It gave me the clearest and best clue to my research yet.


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!

Beginning The Journey

I am publishing this blog to begin the journey of discovery into my Lithuanian family tree. It's a long story on how I only just began this journey, but it is the start. If anyone is doing genealogical research on the Martinkus family name, leave a message and let's talk. Start out by reaching out. Wish me luck!