I am working on tracing my girlfriend's family tree. Her last name is Paul, however her great-great grandfather immigrated from either Hungary or Czechoslovakia depending on who you ask.
They say the name was changed from its original form to "Paul" but only the pronunciation is known and not he original spelling. Her family beleives it was pronounced as "Paul of Check" but knowing little about the language I am lost as to how to spell that in Hungarian or Czech.
Unfortunately, the only record I have for him is word of mouth from my girlfriend's grandmother and father. Her Great Grandfather's name was John Paul so it is hard to even find reliable records for him with such a common name.
I believe John was born in Pennsylvania in about 1905 and his father was born in Czech or Hungary. I found John as an adult in census records but not as a child which would lead me to his father's name and possibly immigration year.