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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004
    Andrew J. Smith


  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • Walking in My Ancestors' Footprints
    My 2003 and 2004 Trips to Poland


    I made my first trip to Poland in July-August 2003 on the Lemko Heritage Tour of southeastern Poland that was sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) based in Pittsburgh, PA. As it turned out, the trip was far more memorable than I could have imagined when I first signed up for it in the spring of that year. In fact, it became a major event in my family history because I got to meet cousins in Poland that my family in the US were unaware of and whose family had not been in contact with my immediate family in America in almost 100 years. The elders among them were born and raised in our earliest ancestral village in the mountains and I got to hear about our family history from them first hand and thereby confirmed my Lemko family roots. My new-found cousins took me on guided tours of the lands of our ancestors in the mountains and the valley, on the mountain footpaths and trails once used by our earliest ancestors, so I literally got to walk in my ancestor's footprints. That first meeting was so remarkable and special to me that I followed it with a second trip to Poland in August of 2004, on my own, to spend more time with my new family there and learn more of my family history. To my great satisfaction, we did much the same things as we had done the previous summer, only more. A number of the photographs I made on those trips are provided below and others included elsewhere in this website.

    Before describing those trips, though, bear with me while I tell you something of my background so you will better appreciate what the trips accomplished for my family and me.

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