The Pavliks

Mr. Smith's mother's side of the family immigrated from Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic and Slovakia), Austria-Hungary (today Croatia), and Romania at the turn of the 20th century. As seen in articles in the Family link on this website, his parents lived in Waveland, MS in 2005, which was ground zero for Hurricane Katrina. As such, all family albums and historical images and information reside at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. However, in the summer of 2010 Mr. Smith's maternal uncle discovered a small set of images among his mother's belongings—images that include Mr. Smith's great grandmother, grandmother, and mother when she was pregnant with him.