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Research on Immigrant Matya Kayfes,

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Location: Buhl, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USAmap
Surnames/tags: Kayfes Stanisha
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This is a summary of research done by Andrea Powell with the assistance of Derrick Watson.

While working to connect the family of the actor John Malkovich to the global tree, I spent some quality time with the immigrant family of Matya Kayfes. Matya - later Americanized to Matt - was born in "Rovan Gara". More research is needed, but it appears the family is from an area that is now considered Croatia, but was then Austria and later Yugoslavia.[1]

While on the quest, I found an existing profile for Katheryn Agnes (Kayfes) Kinsman. She had been born in the town of Buhl, Minnesota which was the same town as the Kayfes family I had been researching. I contacted Derrick Watson to see if he had any insight into the connection. The hunt was on.


I know it is creepy, but I wish the cousins would have numbered their children for us instead of reusing the same five family names for 6 generations.

Anna Kayfes

Anna (Klobucher) Kayfes (1888-1944)
wife of Joseph Kayfes
mother of Matthew Kayfes (1912-1997)

Anna (Kayfes) Stanisha (~1883 - 1921)
daughter of Metya Kayfes(1848 - 1934)
wife of Anton Stanisha (1876-1941)
sister of Matt Kaufes

Joseph Kayfes

Joseph Kayfes (1881-1959)

  • immigrated from Croatia 1901,
  • husband of Anna Klobucher
  • father of Matthew Kayfes (1912-1997)
  • father of Joseph Kayfes (1916-1930)

Joseph "Joe" Kayfes (1916-1930)

Matt Kayfes

Metya Kayfes (1848-1934), Matt the elder

  • immigrated from Croatia

Matt Kayfes (1885-1973), brother of Anna (Kayfes) Stanisha (~1883 - 1921)

  • immigrated from Croatia

Matthew Kayfes (1912-1997)

Notes & References

  1. Research Note: Need to map location of emigration

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