I am not Robin but I really enjoyed reading the article you wrote
about Rusyns. My grandmother was a Rusyn, she was Anna Plavcan and
was born in Orlov in 1888. Over the years I have been researching her
families,the variations of Plavcan, the Havrillas, Hrabtsaks and her
first husband the Varhola's. In all this research I have never been
able to find my grandmothers immigration records. Her daughter, my
mother, says she came here at the age of 16, smuggled over the Polish
border at night by her mother, her father did not want her to come to
the US but she was young and wanted to come to America for a better
life. When she got here she stayed with an aunt in New Jersey, maybe
Montclair?. Later an uncle already here arranged her marriage to
Andrew Varhola and they settled in southeast Pennsylvania, Andrew
working for the mines, my mother being born in Coalport. My mother is
92 and is living in Arizona and I visit her a few times a year
spending a month or so. I have many notes of things she has told me
about her family, superstitions, what people did for a living, etc.
When she starts stalking I start writing.
I just signed up for this group and enjoy reading the messages.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "vchromoho" <rcuster@...> wrote:
> (Pardon me if I repeat something someone else has contributed -- I
> haven't read through the whole thread yet.)
> I don't think anybody mentioned this yet, but Hostovice and Vysna
> Jablonka are villages inhabited almost entirely by Rusyns (as
> opposed to Slovaks, or Hungarians, etc.). Rusyns are a separate
> ethnic group from Slovaks, much in the way that Ukrainians are
> different from Russians and Slovaks are different from Czechs. Many
> Rusyns live in Slovakia (primarily in the northeastern area of the
> country) but many more live elsewhere, such as Ukraine. Certainly
> this is one group (of many) that are applicable to your research,
> since your family comes from present-day Slovakia.
> I encourage you to read about Rusyns (also called Carpatho-Rusyns,
> since they live primarily around the Carpathian Mountains)
> Here's a few places to get you started.
> A detailed summary of Rusyn history, culture, etc.:
> Something I wrote primarily about Rusyns in Slovakia (there are a
> lot of typos in this web version, though):
> Various articles from the Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and
> on many, many topics:
> and last but definitely not least,
> Carpatho-Rusyn Society
> Bill Tarkulich's site is another ideal resource especially since
> your villages aren't far from his; I highly recommend it.
> By the way, Scranton, Pa. was the largest settlement in the U.S. of
> Rusyns from Vysna Jablonka; Binghamton, New York was another
> destination. Many from Hostovice also went to Scranton, as well as
> to Pittsburgh, McKees Rocks, and other nearby towns.
> Good luck!
> Rich Custer
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Robin" <robin618@> wrote:
> > No, As far as I know everyone lived in the Scranton/Dunmore area
> of North East Pennsylvania.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Caye Caswick
> > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 10:31 AM
> > Subject: Re: [S-R] I'm a new mwmber and wanted to say hi
> > Robin, did most of your relatives live around Chicago?
> > --- On Mon, 12/29/08, kssrobinl <robin618@> wrote:
> > From: kssrobinl <robin618@>
> > Subject: [S-R] I'm a new mwmber and wanted to say hi
> > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> > Date: Monday, December 29, 2008, 9:21 AM
> > Hi,
> > I've been researching my family tree for about 10 years and
> > moved to my Father's family. Sad to say that besides him and a
> > long lost cousins we have no family here is the US. All I know
> > my great-grandparents is what I have found on thier Ellis
> > logs. I am told that we came from slovakia, but here is what I
> > If any of you can tell me if I'm in the right group please do.
> > Vasil dZak - home town listed on ship logs as Jablonska
> > Zuzzanna dZak- home town listed as Hostovice
> > Nearest relative still in orig country listed as Jan dZak -
> > Zemplinska Vysni Jabonska
> > Arrived in USA April 1921
> > Am I in the correct forums?
> > robin