Just when I thought I finally had it straight about Hungary (thanks to J Palotay), I'm now floundering in I-don't-even-know-where - seems most likely to be Ukraine, but could be Poland, Hungary, Austria, or maybe even someplace else. In the late 1800's the place was called "Sinjava, Galicia" on Hungarian birth and marriage records. My great-grandfather was apparently born there, although he married (twice, in fact - the second time to the half-sister of his widow) and lived in Vásárosnamény, Hungary, where his 14 children were born, before immigrating to the United States.
Between all the different languages, none of which I can even say "hello" in, there is no way I can figure this out. Good heavens, English is my native language and I can't even manage to articulate the extent of my problems in that!!!
I have a cousin who is not geographically challenged like me - she tried to explain it all, but I only feel more confused now. Could someone please NOT try to explain anything about the history or geography, but just tell me what to put in the location field for that place in whatever language it should be in 1840 and also what to call its current location in English when I write about it in the biography?
Please see linked profile for what I wrote about it in the notes, which is probably all wrong.