Theresa Kusck born abt. 1860 Galicia Poland Need Help

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We need help with sources. The only source we have is the daughters death record showing the parents. Theresa Kusck is wife of Charles Novak. Their daughter Mary Novak Seckla is Married to Andrew Seckla (Aka Sekula). They all appear to be from Galicia Poland. The time frame is abt 1860’s for Theresa.  We would like to know the origin of the name. Variations, etc. we need sources/records if any are available. Maybe a gravestone or cemetery. We don’t have much to go on yet just the death record. We would appreciate any and all help. Thank you wikitree family.
WikiTree profile: Theresa Kusck
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (152k points)

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Are you sure Theresa stayed in Europe? I found a Theresia Novak in a Canada Passenger List on a ship that landed in New Brunswick. New Brunswick was often used as "transfer region", from which the journey was continued. Theresia was transcribed as Theresio, but female in the index. "Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922," database with images, FamilySearch( : 11 March 2018), Teresio Novak, Apr 1908; citing Immigration, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, T-4820, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Another thing I would like to mention: I suspect that her LNAB wasn't KuscK, but KuscH. The combination "sch" is the usual combination in German for the "sh" loud. The combination "sck" doesn't exist in German. 

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (616k points)
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The German root is most likely correct. My dna surprisingly shows this German root and no other likely place but this lineage. She married Charles Novak which I believe Novak is German so they must of been German? I agree that variation makes 100% sense! I don’t think they were in North America as Mary Novak & Andrew Seckla have a report showing they arrived in 1905 from Galicia Poland. So I am not sure unless Theresa and Charles Novak came over after 1905 later on. Interesting. Thank you I will look this info over!!


Ok I looked it over. This record seems to match as it shows her married name her origin as Galicia and also 1908! So it was after 1905. Is there anything connecting her to New Jersey or Connecticut?

Ow WOW! I think you nailed it. I zoomed in on document. She is married so this is her married name. She is 20 years old. Even says husband Charles!!! 

My only concern is the age says 20. So that places her birth in 1888? Which wouldn’t match yet the rest seems to match. How odd

I added the surname spelling Kusch to her profile under other last names as this lines up with our research also. The death record probably made a typo on her German spelling
Btw, Theresa's profile should not count as "unsourced". In the sourcerer's challenge there is the button: "Proves evidence of relationship". The death certificate of her daughter shows her as mother, so according to the sourcerer's challenge the profile is sourced.

Edit about "Novak": I know Novak today as a Czech name. Considering the Western part of Galicia is a bit north of today's Czech Republic, that isn't a too far fetch.

I’m still learning how to source not sure how to source her profile better any help is so much appreciated. I’m still learning

Addendum: I was able to source the profile better 

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