Need help with grandfather's name change and birthplace (Maramoros?) #austria-czech #hungary #names

Marilyn Weinman

-- Dear JewishGenners,

I guess being frustrated looking for information, is something that newcomers to the geneaology search, can expect....OR is just me ??
I'm looking for my paternal Grandfather by the name of Joseph Engel. According to the info that I've obtained from relatives or doing research,he was born in the Austria-Hungary area of Maramoros ,or from what I'm able to read, Mallimorishhungan ???? He was born either on January 4,1880 or November 15,1882  in what was Vanif or Unif ( again trying to read my Aunt's handwriting ),Czechoslovakia. I'm not sure if his birth name was Joseph or possibly Yehuda, or possibly something else. I do know he changed his name from Engelman to Engel somewhere around 1900, when he came to  the U.S. to avoid serving in the military,which I guess Jews didn't want to do at that time under Emperor Franz Josef. This all  according to my Aunt, his daughter. He came to the U.S. under his cousin's last name of Markowitz, for a reason that I don't know, and that's when he changed his name to Engel.

There are seem to be so many Sub - Carpathia Czechoslovakia/ Maramoros,Hungary towns in Romania or Ukraine, I'm unsure how to find what I'm looking for !

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Be well and Stay Safe :)


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