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  • treimer@nycap.rr.com
    Zuber is also a German family name, and there were Germans living in the Karpatho-Ukraine as well. Thomas ... From: Richard D. Custer
    Message 1 of 14 , Jul 20 5:29 PM
      Zuber is also a German family name, and there were Germans living in
      the Karpatho-Ukraine as well.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Richard D. Custer" <rcuster@...>
      Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 9:35 am
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Introduction
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com

      > Hello Sarah,
      > It sounds pretty clear to me that your great-grandparents were
      > Rusyns. Szerencsfavla, now Shchastlyve / Serenchovtsi near
      > Mukachevo in the Zakarpatska oblast of Ukraine, was and is a
      > majority-Rusyn ("Ruthenian") village. If your family attended an
      > Orthodox church in West Virginia (I'm guessing either in Elkhorn,
      > Weirton, or Morgantown, all of which were almost entirely-Rusyn
      > congregations), why would you think they were Jewish?
      > Carpatho-Rusyn ethnic/genealogy resources on the Web:
      > www.carpatho-rusyn.org
      > www.c-rs.org
      > www.rusyn.org
      > There's many more but those will give you an excellent and long
      > list of reading / reference materials.
      > Good luck!
      > RDC
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Sarah Heidt
      > To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:41 PM
      > Subject: [S-R] Introduction
      > Hello everyone,
      > I am new to the list, and not sure if I am in the right place. I
      > am trying to find out more about my great grandparents, last names
      > Kozar and Zuber, who came to the US through Ellis Island in Sept
      > 1906 on the SS Carpathia. I found the passenger manifest which
      > shows my Great-Grandfather Gyorgy Kozar, from Szerencs falva. It
      > is said that he met my great grandmother Julia Zuber on the ship
      > over, but I cannot find her in the manifest unless perhaps her
      > name is spelled differently. Both of them listed their home
      > country in the 1930 census as Czechoslovakia, but the language
      > given is Ruthenian.
      > A historian of the Holocaust that I know has said that almost
      > half of the people living in sub-Carpathian Ruthenia before the
      > war were Jewish, and I know that there were Jewish synagogues in
      > both Szerencs and in Mad, which is near Szerencs. I was told that
      > my grandfather and the other children attended a greek Orthodox
      > church in West Virginia where they settled, but that the
      > grandparents themselves were not observant. So I am trying to
      > figure out if they were possibly Jewish. Not much to go on. On the
      > JewishGen website, someone I asked there thought that Kozar was a
      > Jewish name, and referenced the Khazars who had converted en masse
      > to Judaism.
      > (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khazars for anyone curious about
      > this...) I have also seen Kozar listed in other Jewish surname
      > lists... but since my particular ancestor is not listed as
      > "Hebrew" in the ship's manifest, I am not sure what to think.
      > If anyone has any ideas on what I should do to further my
      > search, please let me know!
      > Thanks,
      > Sarah Lilly Heidt
      > Dexter, MI
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