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, "greta6615202" <greta66@c...> wrote:
> Hello to all new members! I am pretty new myself! My name is
> Gretchen and I have been trying to research my father's family,
> Hirjak. My grandfather, Gyurka Hirjak ("George") came to Western
> Pennsylvania, USA aound 1902 with his mother, Anna Danyo Hirjak. My
> great-grandfather, Janos Hirjak, was already here, working in the
> steel mill in Butler, Pennsylvania. They apparently came from the
> area in Zemplin then known as Nagykemencze, now known as Kamencze nad
> Cirochou. I am trying to find out about other family members still
> in Kamencze, where the family came from, further back the family line
> as far as I can go and whether or not Gyurka had any siblings. My
> grandmother, Julia, whom Gyruka married in 1922 in the USA, is part
> of the Zavacky family from around the same area. I would also like
> to know more about them. Other family names are Warhola and
> Janesco. My grandmother Julia Zavacky is apparantly a cousin to the
> Warhola family from which the artist Andy Warhol comes. Good luck to
> everyone in their searches! I really don't have much information but
> will help anyone as much as I can.
Just by coincidence have just been reading about artist Andy Warhol.
Were any of your surnames Greek Catholic religion ?
And were surnames Carpatho-Rusyn (Ruthenian) ethnicity ?
Ruthenian/Rusnak/Carpatho-Rusyns tend to be Greek Catholic religion.
Rusyns speak 'po nashemu'; their language is similar to Ukrainian
and also uses the Cyrillic alphabet, but the Latin alphabet has also
been used, especially in Slovakia.
How are you ?
Hogy Van ? Hungarian (Non-Slavic)
Ako sa más^ ? Slovak
R K C || P A B |/| ? Ukrainian (Cyrillic)
(yah k s p r á v ee )
Ukrainian has a H sound/letter, but no hard G.
After the fall of Communism in Slovakia, many Carpatho-Rusyns
chose to identify as Slovaks rather than as Ukrainians.
The actor Tom Selleck and American artist Andy Warhol were of
The former American actor Robert Urich was half-Ruthenian, half-Slovak.
The LDS-Mormons have filmed both the R.C. parish church (1805-1925)
and the G.C. parish church records (1768-1907) for Kamenica nad
You will find 11 surnames Hirják and 3 surnames Závacky' listed under
Humenné in Slovakia telephone directory.