Last week I told you about my journey to finding out more about my relatives. We seemed to have hit a brick road. You can view where we started out HERE.
Well I have a slight update. We have not gotten anywhere sadly. I am still stuck on My Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Kopcho.
I did however, learn that there were many spellings for the name “Kopcho” thanks to their discussion boards. With that knowledge, I started searching with a few of them and came across this:
This is a passenger list from April 24th, 1914. This is the closest document we have come with the most matches- The birth year of the Andrew Kopse in this is the same as my “Andrew Kopcho”. Same nationality, and my Andrew Kopcho did go to Wilkes-barre PA.
The part that throws me off is the last place of residence for him supposedly was Sevastopol Ukraine, which is clear down off the Black Sea. Then from there he went to Patras Greece to deport Europe.
So if this is the same Andrew as mine I think I am on the right track. Still feeling stuck I reached out to one of Ancestry’s Experts. I had to fill out a short and simple form to give them a summary of where I was at and what I was looking for. After a few days I received a call from Brendan with their ProGenealogist. To put it this way- have you seen the show Who do You Think You Are? It is that show where they take celebrities and help them find their ancestry. Well these guys help those guys out for the show. So they know what they are doing. Brendan explained what would need to be done, about how long they would need to do it. But also warned that some documents in parts of the world are hard to come by. So he was honest but did not make me feel as if all hope was lost. However, it would cost a pretty penny to hire them (about 3K for my situation) so I am going to have to continue this on my own unfortunately. Maybe one of these days they can do that show featuring a blogger! I would gladly volunteer for that!
Any way. I will continue on my path. I still think I am going to stay stuck but finding this passenger list has me hopeful. I still can not find anything on my Great Grandma- Sofia Maletta Kopcho. But maybe this lead will help me there as well.
I will keep you posted as I continue on my journey! In the mean time I would love to hear from you!
What is the most fascinating find in your family history?