It was great to finally see the PATAK name listed. I have been checking other message lists for years and PATAK is not even listed.
My Grandfather, Michael PATAK, came thru Ellis Island in the late 1800's and eventually migrated to the Pittsburgh, PA area where he worked in coal mines and steel mills. He came from Ukrainia prior to the russian takeover, and, after a short stay in Austria, migrated to America. My father, John PATAK, migrated to Detroit, MI in the mid 30's and I migrated
to the Ft Worth, TX area in the late 50's.
The only PATAK's, other than some cousins in PA I have ever found are in Ellis County TX and OK.