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  • Our people called themselves by many names - Rusyns, Ruthenians, Rusnaks, Austrians, Lemkos, etc. Until about five years ago I considered myself “a kind of Russian” or maybe “Slavic”. I’ve since come to learn that I am not Russian – although my religion is Russian Orthodox. I am not Ukrainian - although my European relatives live in Ukraine. And, I am not Polish - although my ancestors’ villages are in Poland. My understanding now is that I am Carpatho-Russian or Carpatho-Rusyn. Having gone that far into this issue, I will leave the rest of the nationality debates to the scholars.

    I hope to give those of you who are interested in genealogy some tips on how you can find out more about your ancestors of any nationality – with some extra information for those struggling to search for their Carpatho-Russian/Carpatho-Rusyn ancestors. Before we begin I have three warnings: 1) Be open-minded with the information that you see. Many mistakes have been made on official and unofficial documents with dates, ages and names. You many have to be a little creative in your interpretations and become a sleuth; 2) Document where you find your information so that you can go back and recheck those facts if you need to; 3) Be careful - genealogy is addictive!

    Your immediate goal should be to find the following information on your immigrant ancestors:
    1. Full Name
    2. Date of Birth
    3. Ancestral Village

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