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    My last name is derived from Tokarczyk, changed in Ellis island to a more anglo sounding version. I knew from family history and records that they came from the Carpathean mountains on the Slovak-Polish border area but i could not find out about the last name until i discovered this website: http://lemko.org/genealogy/krasowskii/namesUS.html and sure enough it is a Lemko name as i had though. Does anyone know where the village of Zloc'ke, where there existed 5 families with the surname is? I could find Smerek easy enough online, however. It will be nice finally being able to explain where my "hard to say" last name comes from.

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    Anonymous

    Is it this place?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C5%82ockie
    http://www.pslava.info/NovosonchivskyjPow_ZlockeS,105576.html (Your family name is shown on this site as well others)

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    My last name is derived from Tokarczyk, changed in Ellis island to a more anglo sounding version. I knew from family history and records that they came from the Carpathean mountains on the Slovak-Polish border area but i could not find out about the last name until i discovered this website: http://lemko.org/genealogy/krasowskii/namesUS.html and sure enough it is a Lemko name as i had though. Does anyone know where the village of Zloc'ke, where there existed 5 families with the surname is? I could find Smerek easy enough online, however. It will be nice finally being able to explain where my "hard to say" last name comes from.

    Hi Tokarczyk:

    I am going to suggest that you post your query here: http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.eeurope.ukraine/mb.ashx Simply write your surname in the subject line and post what you have written here. The General forum would be best to use, rather than one of the oblasts (provinces) listed.  There are many knowledgeable people on the Ukraine boards at Ancestry.com who will be able to help you in locating both your ancestral village and information on your Lemko family's roots.  Edited to add: Even though your family's village appears to be in Poland, the Ukraine board helps with any Ukrainian speaking groups. You can also post on the Poland boards, as well. I am not, unfortunately, familiar with them.

    It is free to register and post on the Ancestry.com community boards.

    I would like to point out that your family's surname was not "changed" at Ellis Island.  US Immigration did not change surnames. Your family's name was most likely misspelled, which happened to many immigrants. Officials often wrote down what they heard. Many immigrants at that time had poor literacy and only knew how to say their names, not write them.  My Ukrainian family's surnames were spelled four different ways on the Ellis Island ship records, even among family members traveling together!

    Changing of first and last names did occur at naturalization (citizenship) hearings. The name on the naturalization papers became the official name in America. However, immigrants often anglicized their own names prior to naturalization, to assimilate into their new culture better.

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