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Re: [S-R] Kosticak (Kastuszek,Kosticek,Kostishak, and other spellings) Family

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  • John Vamos
    Rich, Thank you for the great information. John Vamos ... From: rcuster@erols.com To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 6:14 PM
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      Thank you for the great information.

      John Vamos

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: rcuster@...
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 6:14 PM
      Subject: RE: [S-R] Kosticak (Kastuszek,Kosticek,Kostishak, and other spellings) Family

      Kostyshak is a particularly Lemko surname, Lemkos being the westernmost
      subgroup of the Rusyn / Carpatho-Rusyn people (aka Ruthenians,
      Carpatho-Russians, etc.).

      He was almost certainly from Dubne, a village in southeast Poland that sits
      just aside the border with Slovakia. Dubne was in the powiat (county) of
      Nowy Sacz and was part of Austrian Galicia.

      This list of surnames from Dubne includes Kostiszak/Kostyszak/Kostyshak
      (it's a typo, missing the 1st 's'):

      Here's another page on Dubne:

      Sites you should consult on Lemko Rusyns:

      www.c-rs.org (publishes a nice newsletter and has many Rusyn genealogy
      links & history info on its site)
      www.lemko.org (lots on Lemko history & culture)
      www.carpatho-rusyn.org (lots more on Lemko Rusyn history, culture,
      genealogy, etc.)

      Records from neighboring Leluchow / Leljuchiv (which explicitly or by
      association contain much info for Dubne) used to be online but the site is
      now gone. However, you may be able to access them still at

      Good luck, fellow Rusyn!
      Rich Custer

      Original Message:
      From: John Vamos jvamos@...
      Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 17:40:37 -0400
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [S-R] Kosticak (Kastuszek,Kosticek,Kostishak, and other spellings)

      I am looking for information about my great-grandfather George Kosticak( or
      similar spellings) who emigrated to the US in 1880 and lived in the
      Pittsburgh, PA and Homestead, PA areas. A marriage certificate from 1881
      indicates that he was from Dumna, Galicia. I have searched ShtetlSeeker
      and have not found that spelling: there are many towns with variations of
      the spelling (Domonya, Domenya, Domanya) some in Hungary and some in what
      is probaly the Ukraine. From what little I know about Galicia, I think
      that the western part was largely Polish Catholic. The 1881 marriage
      certificate was from St Stanislaus Kosta church which was a Polish church.
      Family oral history suggests that George may have been "Russian". I would
      appreciate any insight into the present day location of "Dumna" Galicia.


      John Vamos

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