- Hello All,
I've been doing serious genealogical research for only a few months, but have finally decided that I was tired of how anemic the Hvostal/Matis branches of my family tree are. Here is what I know:
MICHAEL MATIS (MIHALY MATISZ) immigrated from DLHE NAD CIROCHOU, SLOVAKIA in Nov 1912 aboard the SS Pennsylvania. He lived in NEW CASTLE, PA where he married ANNA MARY HVOSTAL (various different spellings) who also immigrated from DLHE NAD CIROCHOU, SLOVAKIA in Sep 1912 aboard the SS Hamburg. They were married in 1917 and had 7 children, Andrew Joseph, Mary Elizabeth (Kitzko, she corrisponded with relatives in Slovakia), Michael John, John Michael, and Margaret Ann (HUNT, my grandmother).
MIHALY MATISZ'S parents were ? JOHN MATIS and ANNA KNIS. They had one other son (that I know of) named JOHN MATIS. Anna Knis's parents were THOMAS KNIS and MARY BESAK. They have one other child (that I know of) named MICHAEL KNIS.
ANNA MARY HVOSTAL'S parents were STEPHEN HVOSTAL and ANNA PETRA (her surname is hard to read on Michael and Anna's marriage licence). They had five (possibly 6 children) Anna Mary, ELIZABETH (GADZDOVA), MARY (DZURKO), JOHN, MICHAEL, and possibly another ELIZABETH (LELKOVA).
A cousin from the KNIS side compiled some of the research (almost 20 years ago and gave it to my grandmother), so now I am going back through and double checking the research.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or relatives out there?
Děkuju mnohokrát, Vilo!
I had wondered about the populations of Rusnaks in Slovakia. There are so few here in the US (for the population size) that it is rather opposite for searches. My family was the only "Rusnak" in the entire state of KY when I was growing up. I was one of two Rusnaks in TN in the 1990s. :)
That is excellent info about the surname Stapinsky. I have run into few of them in my search over the years (in the US) and have yet to venture into Slovakia (I only found out about the Presov connection within the last week). I would be curious to know how others begin the search in the old country. We have the international Ancestry subscription, but other than that (and using Google to search), I am starting off green in my research over there. It's one thing to link names to villages and another to link actual ancestors to the villages, too. :)
The Washuta/Pachuta group supposedly came from "Ukraina", which I would take to be present day Ukraine. I feel that they are Rusyn, from the western region about which you spoke. I have read quite a bit about the region over the years, but have never been able to connect the family to that region in searches.
Thanks for the suggestions! I have enjoyed the searches you provided!
---In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Vitajte Emilka,
There are many Rusnak people listed in this phone directory. Using this only gives you some idea of how common the name is.
Stapinsky [Shtahpeen-skee] (there is an accent mark over the S, making it Sh). is less common. http://telefonny.zoznam.sk/Stapinsky/slovensko/
Rusnak people live in places around eastern Slovakia. Yes their was a very large population in the part of Ukraine that once was the "tail " of Czechoslovakia known as Pod Karpaty Rus [Pohd Kahrrpatee Ruhs] Sub Carpathian Rusin.
Pachuta [Pahkhuh-tah] is not listed but does not necessarily indicate there are not families in Slovakia.
Washuta is listed. In Slovak it is Vasuta [Vah-shutah], Accent mark over the "s".
Hope this info helps, as a starter.
From: "rusnakes@..." <rusnakes@...>
Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:03 PM
Subject: [S-R] Introduction
Greetings everyone,I'm new to the group and I thought I'd introduce myself. I have been doing research on my paternal side of the family since around 1991. Only recently have I made some decent progress on determining family lines beyond a couple of generations back.I am researching the surnames Rusnak (settled in the Windber, PA area) and Stapinsky (Windber/Scalp Level, PA area) names. The Stapinsky line hails from the Presov area; not sure on the Rusnaks. I have a strong suspicion that they are Carpatho-Rusyn (spoke/knew "Slavish", but attended Slovak Roman, not orthodox, Catholic churches). The other half of my dad's side of the family is Pachuta (changed after 1930 to Washuta) and Nestyr/Nestor, supposedly from Ukraine (I suspect part of the broader Carpatho-Rusyn group, from western Ukraine). They spoke "Slavish" as well and attended Roman Catholic churches.I have some friends that live in the Czech Republic currently, and a local friend who is from NE Slovakia and is a Repaska/Rusnak, so I have some ability to get some translation done in the future as needed. I also studied Russian in college as a second major and Rusyn is not too terribly different that I can't figure it out, especially written (I also have some Rusyn linguistics books here, if needed). I am terrible with remembering any Slovak other than basics...western Slavic influences throw me for a loop. :)Look forward to chatting with others!Emily Rusnak