My gg grandfather, John S. Kotchavar, was born 1865 in Holstein, Austria according to the records. Joseph was born in Illinois in 1870 as he was four months old on the 1870 US census. I've seen no records outside US documents, so I could not deny or confirm Slovenia being a possibility for family origination. Cannot find ships manifest with this family. I have researched the ellis island site many times over the years. Thank you all for your replies.