So excited to find this group and join as a member. I finally sat down to start a family tree 3 weeks ago. My grandmother died last year and I needed to start before I forget anything and my aunts and uncles are all up in years. In doing my research on my dad's family (Kalimon) I ran into many many issues. Changing names and very little if any documentation.
What I know - Michael Kalimon (great grandfather) came to the US from the Ukraine- at least that is what we were told. He lived in Lyndora, Butler PA and at the age of 22/23 died at the ARMCO steel factory from a workplace incident. My grandfather Micheal was only 4/5 and his sister was 1/2. He tried for years to find a grave but apparently was buried in a potters grave. His mother Martha Karlitsky remarried and died in 1928. In finding a census they actually listed Ruthenian as their native tongue. They also attended St. Micheals Greek Catholic Church ( Lyndora/Butler PA). In talking with my aunt about Ruthenian- she was like YES that makes sense, he always referred to this Greek Catholic church and she really didn't know why. I searched Lemko.org and not only is Kalimon -(Kalaman) on the list so if my other grandparents name Bobak (also emigrated to Butler PA, between 1880-1890.)
I think I have been able to find Martha Karlitsky's emigration paperwork - but I am unable to find anything on my great grandfather at all. I assume he came between 1880-1900 but nothing- also not even a death certificate.
Here is the link to my family tree- I just sent off for the ancestry DNA kit and should have the info in a few weeks. I am at a complete loss on that side of the family- though super super excited to find out the Ruthenian connection and this forum. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/171166122/family?cfpid=342226223177
Any thoughts or ideas on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated! I am hoping that somewhere out there another Kalimon has done the DNA test and we are connected via ancestry.