You might take some time and read up on the Rusyns; it is as complicated as you probably suspect it is. But that makes it all the more fascinating.
My first recommendation is a short writeup by Rich Custer at
If you are after more information, there is plenty out there as a Google search will reveal.
Another writeup by an English language newspaper in Slovakia is at
I tried googling the Bogusza village and came up with one in Poland, a bit east of Nowy Sacz, which is close to my Rusyn neighborhood around Stara Lubovna. I was up in Poland this summer and drove within 10 miles or so of the village. If this is the right place, Magocsi's Rusyn maps place your people and mine) on the western edge of Rusyn settlements.
That still might not be right, given that your information is from Hungary, today Slovakia, and not Galicia, now Poland.
To see Magocsi's maps, you can take your choice of the maps at
There are more detailed maps to be had, but this might help for orientation.
My last suggestion maay be a repeat of what Vilo recommended,
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You can find Rusyn peoples all over Eastern Slovakia. I have no info on the Rusyn Villages but I believe there are villages with majority Rusyn population.
Julie Mark <jkmark@...>
Sent: Thursday, September
26, 2013 12:21 AM
Subject: RE: Re: RE: [S-R] Re: Ship manifests
Thanks Vilo – when I change the spelling to Mitro I get some in Kocise and other eastern cities. I’d have to look up all of them to see the layout, but near Presov could be Rusyn, right?
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Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: Re: RE: [S-R] Re: Ship manifests
all Phone directory entries are from Western Slovakia and probably not Rusyn.
Emily, yes. My ggrandfather's name was Andrew Metro, a Slovak for sure and possibly Rusyn. I have seen Andras written on his records, I think it was simply because at the time of immigration they were part of the AH empire and therefore used Hungarian spellings. On the manifest they even used the Hungarian names of the towns they were from. But none of that meant they were Hungarian. :-)
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Would you see someone who is ethnically Slovak or Rusyn with a first name "Andras" in records? Would an immigrant of the time typically use a dominant culture's version of his/her name or would a name like "Andras" indicate Hungarian descent?
If you have been searching Ellis Island records and found nothing perhaps they entered via another port of entry.
Ellis Island operated from 1892-1923.
Try searching the passenger records at the other ports:
1. Castel Garden and Barge Office Manifest 1881-1897
5. Detroit Border Crossings 1905-1957
Bremen Passenger lists 1920-1939
“Searching the world for PLICHTAs”
Any Plichta from any place at any time in history.
My heart goes out to you both. I've been unable to find either of my maternal and paternal grandparents' ship records, even though I have the dates, spellings and village names. My paternal family came from current day Poland ( Austria at the time) and my grandfather's name was 'Dimitry (Metro) Drozdak' from Bogusza. I've looked under 'Drozdiak' and Drozdziak' (I learned these were the previous spellings), and used 'sounds like' options with still no luck. My grandmother's (his wife) name was Maria Warholak, from Polany. I've also looked under 'Varholak, Varholiak and Warholiak. My maternal grandparents' were Maria Chaly-Benyo from Volica and my grandfather's name was Michael Sotak from Zbudska Bela ( Hungary at the time). I looked under 'Szotak' and still could not come up with ANY that matches him! I can't tell you how many hours I spent looking for their ship records! After so many hours I'll get frustrated, then a month or 2 later I'll go
back and try again. This has been going on for several YEARS now with no luck! I can't figure out what I'm doing so wrong that I haven't found ANY of them! The odds of that seem quite rare, especially when I have so much information? ;-) (Although the information isn't in front of me now, I also know they all came to Pennsylvania in 1895 and 1897).
So I guess we just have to try not to get too frustrated. Since we KNOW they came to the US , we'll HAVE to find them someday, won't we???? :-)
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:36 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
I was wondering if there were others out there that have had
serious difficulties with finding relatives on ship manifests. I
have yet to find one family member, although I do have names and
immigration dates (via census records).
I'd be interested to hear how you have broken through the dead
silence to find individuals.:)
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:31 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
I have never been able to find anyone either and I have a month and year for one ancestor.
I'm assuming it is the spelling of the surname