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  • 14 March 2020 3:58 PM
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    Sharon Jarrow

    Hi  Gloria ,

      How lucky to  connect with others who  you can relate to. This  roots stuff is pretty exciting and seems like there is always another step ahead. I have been researching probably  over 25 years and still find it  amazing. today  the kindness of others to share and help each other with there research.  Today it is  so much easier to just get onto the computer whereas years ago research meant going to  libraries, courthouses,archives and all about.  Have to say though I kinda miss it. 


  • 14 March 2020 1:18 PM
    Reply # 8827276 on 8754773
    Gloria Dran Elston

    My grandparents immigrated form the Villages of Swiatkowa Wielks and Dudynce , now in Poland and Hrabovcik now in Slovakia.  I have been researching my family since 2000 an have made contact with two family groups in those locations and others.  I have visited those locations and  the area Archives.

    My search has been a wonderful journey and each revelation has been exciting..


  • 14 March 2020 12:34 PM
    Reply # 8827216 on 8754773

    UKRAINE GENEALOGIST WEBSITE: https://transcarpathia-research.com/.

    SLOVAK GENEALOGIST WEBSITE:  https://www.cisarik.com/

    Universal DNA matches (accepts DNA from ALL companies):  GEDmatch.com.  Basic membership is free with email registration.



    All four of my grandparents were born late 1800s in Austria Hungary.  Today, 3 of their birth locations are near Kosice and Humenne/Michalovce in Eastern Slovakia.  Fourth near Uzhhorod in Zakarpattya Oblast Western Ukraine.

    They settled near Uniontown in Fayette County PA (coal mines) and Monessen in Westmoreland County PA (steel mills).

    I've taken autosomal (non-gender), Y-DNA (paternal only), and mtDNA (maternal only) DNA tests.  Accuracy is 4 generations, 10 generations and 60+ generations, respectively.  DNA is VERY useful since my grandparents left few documents and records.  Also, many errors/confusion in remaining records.

    I am a member of Ancestry, My Heritage, GEDmatch.com, Family Tree, and FamilySearch.org.  Latter is run by LDS (Mormon Church).  Several hours each week LDS opens Family History Centers (FHC) to the public.  They allow access to their computers and many LDS genealogy subscriptions.  Staffers helpful.  If you visit, take a USB drive to download important findings.

    I belong to Polish Genealogy Society of America, Czechoslovakia Genealogy Society International, and several local genealogy organizations in the USA.

    I'm an avid researcher.  Willing to collaborate with DNA cousins, and others possibly connected to me by surname and/or geography.

  • 19 February 2020 9:44 PM
    Reply # 8758353 on 8754773
    Sharon Jarrow

    My grandparents were considered the highlanders who lived way high in the Carpathian Mountains.  There villages today are Verkovyna Bystra, Lubyna and Volosanka in Ukraine . I have met who I believe to be a Povkchanych relative in Kostryna. he is the village doctor. His wife is a pediatrician and both daughters  are new doctors. 


  • 18 February 2020 2:21 PM
    Message # 8754773

    My paternal grandparents immigrated from the village of Suchyj (Szuhapatak in Hungarian) former Hungarian county of Ung, present day Ukraine, Velykyj Bereznyj administrative subdivision.  The ancestral village for the Brenzovich family is Tychyj (Tiha in Hungarian) also in the former Hungarian county of Ung, present day Ukraine.  Other villages where a Brenzovich can be found: Kostryna, Stavne, Vyška, Ljuta and of course Užhorod. 

    Yours in Rusyn Unity

    Tom Brenzovich

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