web site is dedicated to Jacob Method and Antonia Dvorak Pivonka, who
1878 emigrated with their children to the United States from the
of Ohrazenice and Bohusice, in the vicinity of Jaromerice nad Rokytnou,
Southern Moravia, now a part of the Czech Republic. [MAPS]
Family Reunion Information
The 2013 Reunion of the
of Jacob Method and Antonia Dvorak Pivonka
the reunion will be held in the
Minisa Park Recreation Center, 704 W. 13th St. North
See the Official
Reunion Brochure for complete information!
Jacob Method Pivonka and his family settled in Rush County, Kansas, and his descendants now live throughout the US. This website is intended as a place to gather and share information about the family among his descendants, as well as with other Pivonka families in the US, the Czech Republic, and worldwide.
The Pivonka family web site - Click on the links here to access the pages described.
Jacob Method and Antonia Dvorak Pivonka Family Memories:
These pages include information about the JM Pivonka family in Moravia, their emigration to the United States, and their pioneer lives in the US.
This website is based on the book "A Record of the Jacob Method Pivonka Family and their Descendants, 1832 - 1977, Rush County, Kansas" by Sr. Simeon Pivonka, CSJ, 1979. The Introduction to that work is posted HERE. (The work will usually be cited here as the "Pivonka Family Record")
The JM Pivonka
Although the site is now "live," and has been populated with information, we still need materials from the Pivonka family.
If any Pivonka descendants have or can develop materials which are useable on web sites (usually as an HTML file), and wishes to make them available for posting on the site, please email the file to pivonka571 (at) earthlink.net.
Plain text and photo files are welcome, so please submit materials in that form if you wish. (Please try to identify family members by their Pcode as well as name in your submissions. It will save a lot of confusion and work if you can help in that way.)
Information for the families of each of the children of Jacob Method and Antonia Dvorak Pivonka is at the following links:
|The Mary Pivonka Hill Family||P1
|The Charles T. Pivonka Family||P2
|The Jacob H. Pivonka Family||P3
|The John N. Pivonka Family||P4
|The Frank Pivonka Family||P5
|The Ralph Pivonka Family||P6
HERE is a copy of the Pivonka Family Record page for the first generation.
the "P code":
Sr. Simeon, in the Pivonka Family Record, has used a code to
uniquely identify each member descendant of the family based on their
birth order and family of origin. In this coding system, our
Pcode represents us according to our birth order and our
generation. The first generation of the JM Pivonka family in the
United States had six members, and their Pcode is shown
above. For other examples see the "Contacts" list here.
The writer is a member of the third generation, so his "Pcode"
has three digits - P571 - indicating that he is the 1st child of the
7th child of the 5th child of JM and Antonia D. Pivonka. Family
members who know their family history in some detail will have little
trouble determining their own Pcode. Those wjp would like help in
determining their Pcode may email pivonka571 (at) earthlink.net,
or call or "IM" me at [ skype name = jimpivonka
is a free internet telephone (VOIP) service.)
A genealogical data (GEDCOM/.ged) file
for Descendants of
and Antonia D. Pivonka
The Pivonka Family Record includes as complete a listing of the
descendants of the family through 1977 as Sr. Simeon was able to obtain
over several years of correspondence with members of each family.
The listing has been transcribed into a computer database in PAF (.paf
- Personal Ancestral File) format. It can be exported into "GEDCOM"
(.ged) file format, which can be imported into most software packages
used to record and read genealogical data.
This file is currently being
revised to include information about Pivonka family members which has
available over the last 4 years. If you have information you
would like included please email
it. Remember to provide your "P code", as described above.
Descendants of JM and AD Pivonka who would like to have a copy
of this database can request it by email.
Please include your name and P code in your mail, or identify yourself
as a family member by giving sufficient information about your Pivonka
ancestry to do that.
or more information about this database.
New at the Pivonka family web site - Click here to see recent additions to the site.
Index to Photographs We can include only what the families have provided to us! Please, if you have photographs, especially of the first two generations and the early years, send copies to Jim Pivonka at pivonka571 at earthlink.net
Other Pivonka Families and Web Sites: Information about other Pivonka families, not descendants of JM and AD Pivonka
Contact Information: This page includes email contact information for descendants of the JM Pivonka family who wish to have that information posted. Also included is information about Pivonka family reunions, particularly the biannual reunion of the JM Pivonka family, held in July of odd numbered years.
The Contact Information page also lists the web sites of members of the Pivonka family who have established a web presence of some kind. Send mail to pivonka571 at earthlink.net if you know of such a site which should be listed.
A Visit to
Moravia - 1978 - A description of a visit, in 1978, to the the
cities and villages of the region from which the Jacob M. and Antonia
Dvorak Pivonka family had emigrated 100 years earlier.
In common with virtually all families this family experiences two kinds of tragedy which it is possible to respond to in a humane and positive way - the tragedy of fatal accidents, and that of needing organ transplantation to live. We are committed to encouraging those who are willing to offer organ donation to assure that their generous intentions are carried out effectively, and to supporting those who need transplantation in their efforts to obtain needed organs.
We will create a special page to recognize members of the family who have experienced these things, when members of the affected families provide materials which they regard as suitable to that purpose. In the meantime, please visit the Childrens Organ Transplant Associantion (COTA) website (www.cota.org) as well as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Coalition on Donation (www.shareyourlife.org).