One of the main differences in conducting Slovak v. New England genealogy is that there are no compiled Slovak genealogies available. By the time you have an ancestor back to the year 1800 in New England, there is typically a surname-centric genealogy for that person. No such analogue exists for Slovak genealogy.
So here I have two Szowiss families in Myjava that I can't connect. It is clear they are from the same family, but the church records don't go back far enough for me to connect the two branches. It is very typical in small villages to be descended from the same people over and over again. It happens in all genealogy. In fact, I read once that mankind on average marries their third cousin.
1. Jan Szowiss born about 1760. His wife's name is not known. His name is only known from his daughter's marriage record. He was the father of:
2. Catherine Szowiss born about 1785. She married on 16 May 1810 at Myjava, Stephen Polak (or Poliak) born about 1785, son of Jan Poliak. There are many Catherine Szowiss's baptized at Myjava, one in 1785, another in 1784, 1786 or 1792. In her marriage record she is called a widow, the relict of Thomas Zmeko. They were the parents of Katharina Poliak.
1. George Szowiss born say 1760. His wife's name is not known. His name is only known from his daughter's marriage record. He is possibly the George Szowiss who married on 22 November 1779 or the who married on 17 January 1777 both in Myjava. He is the father of:
2. Judith Szowiss born about 1787. She married on 7 November 1809 at Myjava, Stephen Ussak, baptized 18 September 1792, son of Stephen and Judith (Zabka) Ussak. They were parents of Alzbeta Ussak.
Slovak Lutheran (Evangelium) Church records of Myjava available on microfilm at the LDS Library and digitized by them on their site, www.familysearch.org.
Marriages of Myjava 1806-1835, p. 358, FHL #2408361.