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  • Wola Cieklinska is a small village near Peregrymka which had 300-400 Rusyn inhabitants in the century and a half before the mid-1940's deportations. As in the other local villages, the primary occupations were farming, sheepherding and forestry. Available documents include 1787 Austrian cadastral records and a description from the Slownik Geograficzny in 1893-closer to the period of great emigration.

    Among fifteen Rusyn surnames on the 18th century cadastral records are Horbal, Hrabko, Dziama, Kulik, Kulczicki, Pelak, Polewka, Fil, Szach and Szczurek. Almost all of these names can be found in immigration records listed in the Emigrants/Destinations section of this website.

    Parish records (Blazejowski) report 295 Greek Catholics and 10 Jews in 1785, 432 Greek Catholics in 1840, 282 in 1859, 300 in 1879, 419 in 1899, 342 in 1926 and 378 in 1936.

    The 1893 Slownik Geograficzny describes Wola Cieklinska as "located on the Lasowa, a stream flowing into the Ropa from the right bank along the road from Gorka to Zmigrod." The village is listed as having "54 homes" and somewhat lower population numbers than indicated in parish records: "317 inhabitants, (10 Roman Catholic, 300 Greek Catholics and 7 Jews)."

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