Over the last year I have been requesting (and receiving) quite a number of documents for marriages that took place in Cleveland. What is ‘interesting’, from my perspective, is that depending on the year – you can be either pleasantly surprised with the data found on the document copy or somewhat disappointed!
I’m still trying to get information from St. Stephen’s Church for a particular wedding but, as I research a surname I just request a variety of documents with similar spellings. How exciting when the documents arrive and there IS a connection in one form or another and finding the person, entering data in to the Archives database, was unable to read the handwriting. THAT’S why there are so many different varieties of spelling a surname!! I’ve only encountered 2 for Pimsner but there are any number for Gedeon, Stroempl, Ballasch, etc…
As you research these Slovak names, don’t limit yourself to how you KNOW the name is supposed to be spelled! I know, it’s somewhat difficult to imagine a different spelling but you will be quite surprised!!
If you go to the Cuyahoga County OH GenWeb page for marriages, you will see quite a few I have added to their list! (Just look for the ‘usual’ family names!!)