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  • The following article was written for the R Club Journal and reprinted in the New Rusyn Times. It offers beginning family researchers a comprehensive primer for starting their search.

    Genealogy has become a very popular hobby in the United States recently. It is the second most popular topic on the Internet, and the third most popular hobby in the U.S. The ease of communicating and doing research over the Internet has certainly contributed to its popularity. Looking up family history is very easy if you are Irish, Italian, English, French, German, or almost any other nationality that one can think of, but for many of us are who belong to the FOCA the task is a little more challenging. I am talking about those of us whose ancestors came from “Austria-Hungary”. We are a group whose ancestors lived on land that had been taken over by many political groups, the borders kept changing and they never had their own country. Many scholars argue about where our people originated from, where their language came from, and what nationality we are. To simplify this matter I will just say that if your ancestors said that they were from Galicia or Austria-Hungary, chances are that they were from the Carpathian Mountain region of what is now southeastern Poland, northeastern Slovakia, or western Ukraine.

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