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  • 11 July 2020 2:02 PM
    Reply # 9095313 on 8749726
    Sharon

    Regarding posting of Velky Kazimir as possible Rusyn town. According to my Carpatho-Rusyn Settlement map, Kazimir in 1806 was a village with significant carpatho-rusyn settlement.

    Sharon

  • 02 July 2020 9:09 PM
    Reply # 9075167 on 8749726
    Sharon

    I had the pleasure of meeting the author of "the Linden and Oak" while attending the Studium. We talked about this great novel. And the background info he gave me just was incredible.

    Sharon

  • 02 July 2020 7:22 AM
    Reply # 9073676 on 8968859
    Christina
    Sharon Jarrow wrote:

    Thank you for your post. I will see what I can find out about the village you mentioned. As to the religions, those of Slovak background tended to be RC and  those Rusyn of the Greek Catholic or Orthodox faith. 

    Sharon


    Thank you!  I did a little investigating in a Slovak forum on Facebook.  I discovered that while the family attended a RC church in Velky Kazimir, it turned out that they were living in what is now Sz├ęphalom, Hungary, probably only a few miles away from where my great-grandfather grew up!  I wonder if he had ever met his wife before they immigrated?


    I also managed to do a little more digging and found them in the 1869 census.  The Geffert side was RC (surnames of Geffert/Gefferth and Skirsti - which I've never even heard of!  Interesting name!).  The Kiszely side was GC -- Kiszely and Pestovits/Pestovich (I have some Pestovich genetic matches through Ancestry).  So I am now suspecting that this great-grandmother's mother was possibly Rusyn but her father was probably Slovak.  At least that is my theory.


    My great-grandfather, on the other hand, was much easier to determine -- all fully Rusyn! :)

  • 02 July 2020 7:18 AM
    Reply # 9073672 on 8976036
    Christina
    Sharon wrote:

    Thank you for the info. My fathers name was Charles Pohanish.  Our family here in America lived in Dunmore and Scranton, PA. In Europe, today there home is in Ukraine in villages of Kostrina andVerkovyna Bystry, I met some of my Povkhanych  while there. I will post some pics. Seem like maybe we have a connection. I am interested in the book you mention. I found the book by Mark Wansa fascinating, "The Linden and the Oak"  Have you read it?


    I am currently reading this powerful and meaningful novel right now.  I can easily imagine my own ancestors through the characters.  It feels so wonderful to find a story that brings Rusyns to life for those of us Americans who have been long-removed from that world.  I absolutely love it and recommend it for anyone!

  • 13 June 2020 8:01 AM
    Reply # 9034658 on 8749726
    bob

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  • 17 May 2020 9:54 PM
    Reply # 8976036 on 8749726
    Sharon

    Thank you for the info. My fathers name was Charles Pohanish.  Our family here in America lived in Dunmore and Scranton, PA. In Europe, today there home is in Ukraine in villages of Kostrina andVerkovyna Bystry, I met some of my Povkhanych  while there. I will post some pics. Seem like maybe we have a connection. I am interested in the book you mention. I found the book by Mark Wansa fascinating, "The Linden and the Oak"  Have you read it?

  • 16 May 2020 8:02 AM
    Reply # 8972729 on 8750989
    Anonymous wrote:

    According to my grandfather's immigration paper, he entered the country under the of Alexander Pohanich, aka Alex Brendzovich.  However, his naturalization paper, specifically oath of allegiance he signed it as Alex Brenzovich, and his order of court admitting petition he officially changed his name fro Alexander Pohanich to Alek Brandzovich.  In my search there are several theories 1) He was evading the Austro-Hungarian government, 2) on one trip to the homeland, I was told that there were so many Brenzovich's in the village that he used Pohanich-Brenzovich to distinguish himself from the rest.  3) On another trip, I was told he used the name Pohanich because it was the name of the land owner on which he lived.  Not sure will ever know the real true story.  Just wanted to share using this new feature of the C-RS website.


    Re: your theory 1: My great uncle Prokop Klepacz left Maciejowa, Nowy Sacz, Galicia for the US in 1912 to avoid having to serve his time in the Austrian army. His older brother, Dimitri, had served so Prokop knew how bad it would be. The night he left, the family covered all the windows so no one could see the lights and know that something was up. A very interesting book on the horrible situations in the Austrian army in that period of time leading up to WWI is The Winter Soldier.
  • 14 May 2020 11:30 AM
    Reply # 8968859 on 8749726
    Sharon Jarrow

    Thank you for your post. I will see what I can find out about the village you mentioned. As to the religions, those of Slovak background tended to be RC and  those Rusyn of the Greek Catholic or Orthodox faith. 

    Sharon

  • 13 May 2020 6:51 AM
    Reply # 8965554 on 8749726

    I know that my great-grandfather was Rusyn.  He was born in Alsoregmec, and his mother was born in Mikohaza, Hungary.  His father was born in Cel'ovce, and his grandmother was born in Lastovce.


    However, I do not know much about my great-grandmother (his wife).  I was able to find her parents' names and her baptismal information.  She was born in Velky Kazimir (now in Slovakia) in 1884.  I'm not as certain that she is also Rusyn as her father was Roman Catholic but mother, Greek Orthodox.  Does anyone know how many Rusyns may have lived in Velky Kazimir during that time period?  Is it possible that she may also be Rusyn?

  • 15 April 2020 1:39 PM
    Reply # 8901721 on 8749726
    Barb

    John, Sharon. Based on where our relatives settled, we all look to Ellis Island. You are right about Baltimore which was known as Locust Point.  Other major immigrant processing was at Boston, New York, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Minor ports of entry include Portland ME, Gloucester MA, New Haven CT, Providence RI, Wilmington DE, Norfolk VA, Savanah GA, Charleston SC, Key West FL, Mobile AL and Galveston TX. There were also Canadian ports of entry. The major east coast ports were Halifax N.S., Montreal and Quebec City. Victoria and Vancouver B.C. were the major west coast ports of entry. A chronological summary of U.S. immigrant processing at the Port of New York is as follows:  1624-31 Jul 1855 no receiving station, 1 Aug 1855-18 Apr 1890 Castle Garden, 19 Apr 1890-31 Dec 1891 Barge Office, 1 Jan 1892-14 Jun 1897 Ellis Island, 15 Jun 1897-16 Dec 1900 Barge Office, 17 Dec 1900-1924 Ellis Island. I got this info from a book "They came in Ships" which our genealogy group leader brought to a meeting a couple years ago.  Hope this info can help some followers.

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