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When I began researching my husband’s great-grandparents online, I didn’t think they’d be difficult to find. I already knew they were Slovaks who lived in Olyphant, Pa. They had an unusual surname: O’Hotnicky. And just like all well-behaved ancestors should, they popped right up in the census.
But I couldn’t get much further. I wasn’t ready to commit to a trip to Pennsylvania or shell out $9-plus for each birth and death certificate for a family of 10. So I called some O’Hotnickys in Olyphant to see what I could find out.