Where are my Houska & Kopta ancestors from?
My Bohemian ancestors are about the only ones I have no clue where they came from. Everything I have seen just says Bohemia. My Houska & Kopta 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Kopta, born Feb 1861, who came to the US in 1871 with his parents Joseph & Mary, & Mary J Houska, met, as far as I know, in Chicago where they married in 1882. I’ll be attending the CGSI conference in Chicago 2013, & I’m really hoping to finally find where they come from. My 2nd great grandmother was Mary J houska, born May 28, 1863 in Bohemia. I have info that her dad was Frank & her mom was Anna Lang, which I wouldn’t have taken as a Bohemian name. The census info shows that Mary came to the US when she was only 3 years old in 1866, but I’ve never found anything on that or her parents being here. I have her marriage info in 1882, but no paper trail of her being here before her marriage in 1882, & nothing until the 1900 census. I grew up in Cicero, IL, right next to another biggie for Bohemian immigration, Berwyn.