This history of the Klaschka Family has been created for anyone who has ever been asked: "Where did my ancestors come from?" Or maybe you have even wondered yourself. We have all heard bits and pieces of our ancestral background over the years. Now, thanks to the efforts of many family members, we have been able to put these pieces together to the best of our ability and have created a family tree from the earliest obtainable Klaschka on record to the latest addition.
When the renowned barn burned down to the ground, many family possessions, including cherished photographs, were thought to have been lost forever. However, when Albert Klaschka passed away in 1974 and the Klaschka house was being cleared out to be put on the market, a box containing the long lost cherished photographs was discovered in a space above the summer kitchen. Some photos are believed to be over one hundred and forty-five years old.
To the best of our ability, we have tried to put the correct name to each face. Other family members have been instrumental in providing additional photographs in order that we may create a pictorial history of our family.
This family history will contain only information concerning Albert Klaschka's family and the offsprings of the Klaschka-Ulrich union.
Regrettably, documentation about Barbara Ulrich Klaschka's Hungarian family is unattainable. With the exception of her mother, Anna Ulrich and her sister, Helen Ulrich Zinke, most of her family and siblings succumbed to tuberculosis before she came to America in 1904.
The Ellis Island Data Base @ www.ellisislandrecords.org was instrumental in helping us trace the paths of Albert and Barbara from 'the old country' to the day they arrived in America.
Thanks to the generosity of their two surviving daughters, Albrecht Klaschka and Barbara Ulrich's names have been inscribed on 'The American Immigrant Wall of Honor' at Ellis Island.
It took a tremendous amount of courage and determination on the parts of Albert and Barbara to venture out into a strange new world in quest for a better life. This is something we can all be proud of and should try to live our lives by their example in their honor.