/ Jambrich/Yambrick surname?
Hi Christine. You're Dad was my great uncle Bill. You're uncle Joe and Aunt Leona were my grandpa and grandma respectfully. You're right they had 12 children my dad (Paul) is the third oldest he is married to Marylou. I am one of a few Joe Yambricks around Flint.
My Sister and I attended Alex's Funeral. We deeply regret you're loss.
From the information my mother has, it seems that the origins of the name came from Slovakia as I stated in an earlier text. Bratislava, Slovakia is right on the border with Austria, so migration back and forth from both countries would have been easy. We have heard stories that there are quite alot of Jambrichs' still over there, in fact somebody took a trip over there years ago and brought back a page or two from a phone book with the listings of numerous people with the last name Jambrich.
I was told that the story of the Austrian origin of our last name was due to the fact that at that time, Austria was a more affluent place to live in comparision to their relativly poor nieghbor Slovakia. So when applying for jobs here in America during the earliest part of the 20th century, it "looked better" to the potential employer if you stated that you're origins were from a more infulential part of europe. Especially when you had an accent, naturally someone is going to ask you where you are from.
I remember ny great aunt Marjorie and Great Aunt Mary (you're uncle Pauls wife) they were nice people. Great uncle Paul had ENORMOUS hands! I remember that! They called you're dad Big Bill, I still have people ask me if I'm related to him. Myself and parents went to his induction ceremony. You have a nephew with the same name as myself that people get me confused with.