Solving a Family Photo Mystery

In my post from a couple of days ago about my meeting with a newly found cousin, I noted that during this reunion we shared information about some identical photographs we had in our respective family albums. One was this photograph below.

This photograph was found by one of my cousins in a box in her basement–no labels or other identification. By process of elimination, I assumed the photo was either of my Fenscak or Alzo ancestors. But, until last weekend, I really could not be sure.
My cousin, Mary, told me that this photograph is of my great-grandparents, John Alzo and Barbara Meriorska taken with their family in Kucsin, Slovakia.: My grandfather’s sister (Anna) and her husband and their children, and my grandfather’s youngest brother, Andrej. I can see some similar facial features in my great-grandfather, as my grandfather, and father. It is amazing to have a picture of my great-grandparents – to see the faces behind the names in all of those records I have researched for several years.

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  1. Lisa, I love the traditional clothing depicted in this photograph. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to see these in color? I’ll bet the fabrics would be so rich and bright!

  2. Miriam,

    Yes, Slovak Kroje is just magnificent! The Slovak people may not have had much, but they took great pride in their culture–food, dress, music, etc.


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