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German or Czech town (or city)

This seems to say "Auscha," which is indeed the German name of a town known in Czech as Úštěk.
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Checking if surname is common in Czech Republic?

I'm Czech so I could help, although you did not mention the name. Anyway, here are some sites I use for this purpose. They allow you to search surnames ("příjmení" in czech), and will show ...
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Spelling of Original Hungarian or Czechoslovakian surname?

The sounds [polɑvt͡ʃɛk] would be written Polavcsek in modern Hungarian; [pɑlovt͡ʃɛk] would be Palovcsek. However, surnames often preserve archaic spellings, and in any case nobody paid much attention ...
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Finding late 1930's ship departures from the Port of San Francisco?

Jan Murphy's answer focused on resources. Mine is more about questions that may spark research paths. They may not all be answerable: Return to Europe, first "sent away by train" - How far did they ...
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Finding late 1930's ship departures from the Port of San Francisco?

In many respects, your question is like one already posted here, How can I determine what records are available in a particular locale? The same principles apply for discovering records for a ...
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Checking if surname is common in Czech Republic?

Your best bet is the phone book. Find online phone directories for Prague (because it's a large city and the books should be easy to find and the city draws people from many places around the country)...
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What are these place names (in present-day Slovakia) from this US passenger list in 1913?

It's a bit of a guess, but I'm bold and adding this as answer rather than a comment. I think it is Kysak (Hungarian: Sároskőszeg) half-way between Prešov and Košice. Rationale: The first writer had a ...
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Origin of surname Шцмоняк

In my experience, identifying the town from which your ancestor came might make easier to understand the original spelling (assuming that you can then track down documents for the town). Following ...
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