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  • 03 December 2020 7:41 AM
    Reply # 9401724 on 8754773

    Hello Penny,

    If your people went to a Russian Orthodox Church, I strongly believe you are a Carpatho-Rusyn.  We can help once you get some additional data of names, dates, etc.


  • 02 December 2020 11:59 PM
    Reply # 9401330 on 8754773

    See Cadastral Maps for Austria Hungary:  https://mapire.eu/en/.  Like having a GPS for the past.

    The old Austria Hungary empire, and where Slovakia is today: http://www.cisarik.com/0_former-counties.html.

    Cisarik.com also has names of all the villages in Slovakia today with past names for about 200 years.  Some villages had dozens of names during this time.

    I also purchased a CD:  Hungarian Village Finder, Atlas and Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Hungary by Suzanne Somodi Jimenez.  Provides official and non-official names of villages in Austria Hungary and new names for today.

  • 02 December 2020 12:01 PM
    Reply # 9399650 on 8754773

    Thank you so much Tom!  Wow.  My grandmother went to a Russian Orthodox church in Pennsylvania.  Would that make her more associated with the Greek Catholics then?  I'm also going to ask my cousin what she may know or any documents that may be tied to Wisloczek as maybe this will give a clue.  Incredible that you know this!  I'm very early in my family history journey and it's hard to dig in working full time with my kiddos still home .   I haven't even begun to explore what the Carpatho-Rusyn Society has to offer.  It looks like a lot! 

  • 02 December 2020 8:26 AM
    Reply # 9399228 on 8754773


    Wisloczek had Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics.  The Roman Catholics worshiipped in Krolik Polskie.  The Greek Catholics worshipped in Tarnawka.

    The Greek Catholics were considered Lemkos.

    Tom Peters

  • 01 December 2020 7:59 PM
    Reply # 9398269 on 8754773
    Penny Pisaneschi Collins

    I've learned through my cousin that our ancestors village is Wisłoczek (now Poland).  My dad said growing up my grandmother would say the family was from Austro-Hungarian area.  

    I'm curious if anyone knows if Wisłoczek is considered Lemko?  Different maps I've viewed having different shadings and this village doesn't usually show up on the maps.  

    Help is appreciated.  Id like to try and recreate the traditional folk dress but want to get as close to what her regions traditional garments would have been.  

    Many thanks and stay safe.  Penny 

  • 09 August 2020 3:38 AM
    Reply # 9153177 on 9038853
    John Onda wrote:

    The Onda family is from Smolnik  which is no longer there because of the  Starina Res.  My g. grand parents were Andreas Onda and Maria Olshalsky.  My grand father was Janos Onda and he had three sisters: Maria, Anna, and Julia. Janos was married to Henrietta Klemm Scheffler .  The Scheffler family was from Bromberg, Germany'  Andreas arrived in the USA in 1891 and the family arrived in 1893.  They settled in the Chicago area. they  attended St Marys of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana.

    My Lemko family attends/attended St. Michaels Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Hammond Indiana, which is very close to St. Mary's in Whiting. 

    Ever been to Dan's Pierogies? 

  • 24 June 2020 11:20 AM
    Reply # 9057134 on 8754773
    John Onda

    Any records from St Marys would be appreciated.  It would only be the Onda Family/  The are other Ondas but my great grand father was Andreas or Andrew and his wife was Maria or Mary  There  was also a George or Juraj , Peter or Petrous and Ignac.  I appreciate you help.  You could write: jwonda@gmail.com  Thanks

  • 19 June 2020 5:54 PM
    Reply # 9048295 on 8754773
    Arlene Gardiner


    Exactly what information do you need from the church?.  Birth, Christening, Marriage, Death/funeral,  church membership.  Which familty member information are you researching.

  • 19 June 2020 4:58 PM
    Reply # 9048227 on 8754773
    John Onda

    Arlene, it was the Onda family that belonged to St. Marys of the Assumption Church.  The Schefflers were German Lutherans

    Andreas Onda Is buried there but no marker. Maria is buried at the St. Marys cemetery with a marker.  It may be Mary Onda 

    Andreas dates are  1848-1927  Maria's dates are 1856 - 1907  They were married in 1876.  He came to USA first and in 1893 the family came.  They were from Smolnik, Zemplin, Slovakia.

    Andreas had a brother George (Juraj) born 1862. Thanks for your help.  John

  • 17 June 2020 12:13 AM
    Reply # 9042050 on 8754773
    Arlene Dremak Gardiner

    Hi John,  

    When did your Scheffler family arrive in the Chicago area and began attending St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church.  Do you have any names, dates or events that occurred at the church, as this would give a time line for the family.  Exactly who or what information are you looking to get.  I'm familiar with the church and may be able to assist you.


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