Re: [S-R] New guy focus on eastern Slovakia
Welcome to the list.
East Slovakia is my specialty. I've written quite a bit about several aspects of East Slovakia, especially genealogy and history. Check this out:
Records may or may not have been destroyed. Were you at a Greek Catholic Church? More likely is that they were taken to the archive. See here http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/churches.htm#history
Read about it here
To find out where your village records are stored, check here:
Mormons may have filmed them.
The village of ORECHOVA can be found on mapy.atlas.sk. Its E of Sobrance, nearly at the Ukraine border. Kinda far from Humenne. It's your job to corroborate.
More info on place names and locating the correct one:
When you're ready to start writing to people who are still breathing, check this out http://www.iabsi.com/gen/public/correspondence.htm
Your surnames, don't jump out to me as Rusyn, but Frank probably has a better handle on this. I've seen Croat-derrived surnames (like mine) whose people are ethnic Rusyn. As you know, ethnicity is a combo of customs, culture, language and religion. So you can never say never about a name. Then again, I'm not a lingust. My $0.02.
E. Slovakia doesn't have much written about it specifically. "The Rusyns of Slovakia" by Magocsi is excellent. The rest, unfortunately is snippets garnered from Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Ukraine History tomes.
See local and regional histories. Read the PDFs. Its written locally by locals. Much more insightful if you want an up-close perspective.
www.iarelative.com isn't bad, but it's kind of disorganized.
You can also learn about Rusyns via www.Lemko.org (present-day Poland grounded rusyns)www.carpatho-rusyn.com is very good.
> From: "Stuart" <bythedeepwaters@...>
> Date: 2004/07/15 Thu AM 11:50:49 CDT
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [S-R] New guy focus on eastern Slovakia
> Hi. My name is Stuart and I am revving up my research efforts again. One
> goal of mine is to find the blood connection to living relatives in eatsern
> Slovakia. Here is what I have so far:
> the name SIVY or SIVI from the village of MYSLINA,
> the name MOSCIANSZKY from near MICHALOVCE , poosibly a village
> named ORECHOVA(?),
> the names BOZAKOVA and IHNATHOVA also from the village of MYSLINA.
> I have been to MYSLINA and MICHALOVCE and was not able to get really
> anything. The young and new regional priest who covered MYSLINA said
> many records were destroyed in world wars and really had no idea where to
> go from there. I believe both SIVI and MOSCIANSZKY arrived in USA in
> If anyone recognizes any of these names or has any suggestions for
> research, especially in far eastern Slovakia, near Ukraine border, I loved to
> hear them.
> Also, how does one know if they have Rusyn surnames or are from Rusyn
> regions? Can anyone tell from mine if I am?
> Thank you.
> ps. I was going to buy Magosci's Carpatho-Rusyn Settlement Map and
> Gazetteer and Mapping Stateless Peoples: The East Slavs of the Carpathians
> to aid in my research. Can anyone recommend them or any other
> publications that zero in on eastern Slovakia? Again, since I am just getting
> this going again, I thought I'd launch some initial questions. Thanks again.
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