As I was looking for the Chicago (mid-west) Chapter links in another thread,
I came across information that may help you confirm whether you are Rusyn
(although it already sounds like you are, based on the information you
If you go to http://lakemichiganrusyns.blogspot.com/
and scroll down
approximately 3/4 of the page, you will see an article titled, 'You Might Be
a Rusyn If...' (provided by the C-RS) that they have posted on their page
(you'll also find it on the national website, but since I happened to be on
this page I thought I'd send it to you rather than searching the national
site for the exact page).
This may help you and others determine if you may be Rusyn and not Slovak.
By the way...I'm 56 years old and only learned about 7 years ago that I was
100% Rusyn (Lemko, to be exact, but I won't make things even more confusing
by explaining the sub-groups which makes up Rusyns here)! Up until then, for
most of my life I thought I was Slovak!
From: circlegirln <NJBQUILT@...
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:46 PM
> Subject: Re: [S-R] 1910 hungarian census and ethnic breakdowns
> Thank you to everyone that responded to my question. My Slovakian ancestors
> were listed as Greek Catholic in the church registries in Kurov, Slovakia
> and since the village was 94 % Rusyn in the 1910 census, I think I am indeed
> of Rusyn ethnic orgin. The Orthodox Church that the immigrant family
> attended in Pennsylvania, had schooling on Saturday's for children. I heard
> that my father, whom is now dead disliked going to "Russian School" on
> Saturdays. I have no one to ask from my father's generation about " Russian
> School at the Orthodox Church. I am now thinking that "Russian School" may
> have been "Rusyn School" Does anyone know if this Saturday schooling for
> children of new immigrants was a Rusyn tradition??? Does the words "Rusyn"
> and "Russian" sound the same in English?
> Thanks again all responding.
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Bonnie Burke" <bonnie@...> wrote:
> > Hi Norma,
> > In answer to your question, yes, it is possible that your ancestors were
> > really Rusyn and not Slovak. I belong to the Slovak-Roots group but have
> > participated. Your question put up a red flag for me.
> > I am president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society in Cleveland and we get this
> > comment all the time. People are constantly discovering that they are
> > Rusyn and not Slovak. As a result, they are able to get a lot of
> > answered and a lot of pieces of the puzzle start to fit together. Almost
> > Rusyns were Greek Catholics (Byzantine) or Orthodox. If you check
> > records in Slovakia, that might confirm the answer. It sure seems like it
> > with 89% Greek Catholic.
> > Info that complicated matters....When Rusyns came to this country, they
> > married in a Greek Catholic church that was established in the
> > We find that sometimes there were only Roman Catholic churches close by
> > as a result married there.
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